Questlove had the difficult task of putting together a stirring 14-minute tribute to hip-hop history at the 2023 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (February 5th). Tasked with telling the story of the genre that gave him a career and produced some of the most iconic music and performers of the past half-century, the Roots drummer looked far and wide, from West Coast to East Coast. From Philadelphia to Atlanta and beyond, we’ve made sure that a wide range of genres are well represented.
But there’s one voice that couldn’t take the stage with legends like Big Boi, Ice-T, Missy Elliott, Lil Baby, Method Man, Future, De La Soul, Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC and more. .quest said variety He invited Will Smith to make a special surprise appearance at an event featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will Smith’s longtime musical partner. bad boys 4.
“Spoiler alert. Will Smith was part of the festivities tonight, but they started filming bad boys 4 already This week,” Quest said on the red carpet, revealing that the “inclusive” vibe he was looking for in this segment first came 27 minutes before the producers asked him to cut in the middle. “We had to lose Will because there were a lot of preliminary shots he had to do. That would have been a surprise moment.”
Quest said the invite was “a shot in the dark” and that “he’s shooting movies all the time. For example, he said the Roots had to get former David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer to fill in on their behalf. The Tonight Show Last week, I was ready for Sunday night’s wrap tribute.
Smith was ultimately a scratch, but had he flown, it would have been an Oscar winner’s first awards show appearance since the shocking incident of slapping comedian Chris Rock at last year’s 2022 Oscars — Just before Questlove won the Academy Award for best documentary.for his film summer of the soulSmith announced last week that he would be re-teaming with Martin Lawrence. bad boys 4.