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Questlove wins a Grammy 1 week after Oscar win was eclipsed by Slap


Within a week, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson won both an Oscar and a Grammy for his documentary “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised).

Thankfully, when the musician took the stage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night to accept Best Musical Picture, the moment wasn’t overshadowed by an onstage slap.

“What a journey for this movie from Sundance to… last week,” he began in his acceptance speech before letting out a laugh.

The musician went on to give special thanks to the artists who appeared in the documentary, which looks back at the largely forgotten 1969 Harlem cultural festival.

The film won the award on “Inside” (Bo Burnham), “David Byrne’s American Utopia” (David Byrne, directed by Spike Lee), “Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” (Billie Eilish) and “Music , Money, madness… Jimi Hendrix in Maui” (Jimi Hendrix).

The previous Sunday, at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, Questlove scooped the documentary feature trophy just after actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock onstage for a joke about the ‘King’ star’s wife. Richard”, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Moments before Rock announced the Questlove feature as the winner, Rock had joked that Pinkett Smith, who has publicly discussed her long struggle with alopecia, would be starring in a “GI Jane” sequel. an apparent reference to his shaved head.

After initially laughing at the crack, Smith took the stage and slapped Rock before returning to his front row seat and shouting obscenities at the comedian.

Days after the Academy Awards, Questlove addressed the incident on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where he is the frontman of the late-night show, The Roots.

Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson accepts the Documentary Feature Award for Chris Rock’s ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)’ onstage at the 94th annual Academy Awards March 27 in Los Angeles.

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Questlove explained that he was “really unaware” of the slap at the time, adding: “Of course, [winning the award] arrived in the cyclone from a completely different situation with two very good friends of mine.

“It’s weird to say, because they tell you in advance, ‘That’s your category,’ so at that point either you’re going to be full of anxiety or, for me, I’m meditating for two years,” he said.

His collaborators, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein, however, were somewhat more critical of Smith and Rock in the following days.

Patel said the two “stole” the band of their stage moment and challenged Rock by announcing the winner was “Ahmir Thompson and four white guys”.

“The reason I’m so angry is that I was so proud to be one of the few South Asians to win an Oscar in the history of the award,” Patel wrote in a since-deleted Twitter thread. .

He concluded the thread by adding that he was “angry with Will Smith. Angry with Chris Rock. Angry for me. Angry with Ahmir. Angry at my fellow filmmakers” and calling Rock an “absolute fucking asshole”.



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