Eminem Back in the Game

6/28/2006 5:32 PM PDT

There's been a lot of talk lately about Eminem being understandably down after the death of his friend and former D12 bandmate Proof.  But, if last night's appearance at the BET Awards is any indication, he's not down anymore. Indeed, he's right back on top.

Among the many great performances last night was an all-star rap ensemble led by Busta Rhymes. Busta was joined by Mary J. Blige, Lloyd Banks, Rah Digga and Missy Elliot for a blazing rendition of "Touch It."  The place was jumpin' with that much starpower on stage, but then exploded when Eminem elevated from inside of a van parked on stage.  Eminem showed no signs of rustiness, having not performed lately, as he lit up the stage and, in my opinion, stole the show.

It's good to see Shady back and, no doubt, Proof would be proud.