50 Cent thanked both in his speech, before turning his attention to the rock band and their infamous win at the prestigious awards ceremony.
“You got the largest debut hip-hop album [but] you don’t got no Best New Artist trophy,” the 44-year-old said.
“The best new artist… they gave that s**t to Evanescence. Can you find f***ing Evanescence? I ain’t seen Evanescence since that night. Since that night they gave them the trophy.”
Eminem paid tribute to 50 Cent in his own speech, commenting: “Of all the things I don’t remember about 2002, I have a very clear memory of the first time I met 50.
“One of the first things I noticed about 50 was his presence because it just kind of felt like, he’s gonna be a star… It just seemed like he was the whole package.”
He added: “Dre and me knew that if something worked on us, it was gonna work on the rest of the world and I’m glad we trusted our instincts. I just wanna say man, I’m here to today because this is not only a business partner to me, it’s one of the best friends I’ve ever known in the world.”
He joked: “I would say that it’s much more fun to be his friend than it is to be his enemy, because this guy is f***ing relentless.”