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Posted on: Wednesday, February 14, 2001

Some befuddled by John-Eminem duet

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Some people are still scratching their heads over Elton John's decision to sing a duet with Eminem at next week's Grammys.

But the rapper, who has included anti-gay rhymes in his songs, thinks he understands why the gay superstar is a supporter.

"I think that Elton John, I think he gets it. Because the kids ... they are taking my music for what it's worth, you know what I mean? They're taking it with a ... grain of salt,'' Eminem said backstage during a concert last month. The show, which will be broadcast on iN DEMAND on pay-per-view on Saturday, will air parts of the interview.

John said he's a big fan of Eminem and does not believe his lyrics, which include references to gays as "fags'' and violent imagery, are hateful.

The Grammys will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on CBS on Feb. 21.

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