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Eminem to fans: Thanks for help in dark times

The rapper, who has battled drug addiction, said he wouldn’t have got through if it was not for fans

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FILE - In this June 27, 2010 file photo, Eminem performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Eminem is the rapper with the most Grammy disses: while five of his six albums have won best rap album, he has lost the album of the year award three times. He also has three losses for record of the year and two for song of the year. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

Eminem, who battled an addiction to prescription drugs, thanked his fans at a New York concert for helping him get through dark times.

The 39-year-old told hundreds Thursday night that he “wouldn’t have gotten out of that dark place without y’all” before he performed the Grammy-winning song “Not Afraid.” He said the performance was “dedicated to anybody tonight who’s been through personal struggles.”

Eminem’s addiction and climb to sobriety is detailed in his 2010 album “Recovery.” It was that year’s best-selling album.

At the Hammerstein Ballroom the rapper performed more than a dozen songs at an event for the watch brand G-Shock, including the hits “Lose Yourself,” ‘’Love the Way You Lie” and “The Real Slim Shady.”

Hip-hop foursome Slaughterhouse opened for the Detroit-born rapper.