Questlove wins Grammy 1 week after Oscar win was overshadowed by a slap in the face

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 the award for best musical film, the moment wasn’t overshadowed by a slap in the face onstage.

“What a journey it’s been for this film from Sundance to… last week,” he began his acceptance speech before laughing.

The musician gave a special thank you to the artists who appeared in the documentary, which looks back at the largely forgotten 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.

The film won the award over 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).

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Last Sunday, at the Oscars in Hollywood, Questlove won the trophy for documentary, second only to actor Will Smith beat comedian Chris Rock on stage about a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of the “King Richard” star.

Just before Rock announced Questlove’s feature film as the winner, Rock had joked that Pinkett Smith, who has spoken publicly about her long battle with alopecia, would star in a sequel to GI Jane, an apparent nod to her shaved head.

After initially laughing at the crack, Smith strode onto the stage and punched Rock before returning to his front row seat and yelling obscenities at the comedian.

Days after the Oscars, Questlove addressed the incident on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he fronted the late-night show’s band, The Roots.

Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson accepts the documentary award for ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)’ from Chris Rock on stage during 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] happened in the cyclone of a very different situation with two very good friends of mine.”

“It’s weird to say because they tell you upfront, ‘That’s your category,’ so at that moment you’re either going to be full of anxiety or, for me, I’ve been meditating for the last two years,” he said.

However, his collaborators Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, and David Dinerstein were somewhat more critical of Smith and Rock in the days that followed.

Patel told the two “stealed” the group’s moment. on stage, challenging Rock when he announced that the winner was “Ahmir Thompson and Four Whites”.

“The reason that makes me SO VERY ANGRY is because I was so proud to be one of a handful of South Asians to ever win an Oscar in the award’s history,” Patel wrote in a since-deleted Twitter thread .

He closed the thread by saying he was “angry at Will Smith.” Angry at Chris Rock. Mad at me. Angry at Ahmir. Angry at my fellow filmmakers” and Rock as “blowing up an absolute fucking dick”.

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