Recording artists had the opportunity to be honored at the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas last night. But the incident from last week’s Oscars was front and center — and the butt of several onstage jokes.
It didn’t take long for host Trevor Noah to address the slap heard around the world.
“We’re going to be keeping people’s names out of our mouths,” the comedian joked.
“The Oscars were only last week, so it was one of those things where everyone was wondering when was someone going to address it, and it’s good that he got it out right out of the gate,” Billboard reporter Kristin Robinson said.
The controversy surfaced again when Oscar winner Questlove took the stage. His win at the Oscars for Best Documentary came moments after Chris Rock was slapped.
“I’m going to present this award, and I trust you that people will stay 500 feet away from me,”Questlove stated.
Kayne West was not allowed to perform after being banned for posting toxic social media messages targeting Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson.
“I think that he seems to be taking time for him, his mental health and to kind of work on his family life,” Robinson said.
Olivia Rodrigo won three Grammys, including Best New Artist. She had her arms full and dropped one of the awards backstage, breaking it in half.
Jon Batiste took home five Grammys after being nominated for 11. He won the coveted Album of the Year for “We Are.”
Silk Sonic, the duo Bruno Mars and Anderson Pak, grabbed four statues and made everyone smile with their antics.
Brandi Carlile and Lenny Kravitz performed brilliantly, as did H.E.R.
The stirring in memoriam tribute paid to musicians who have died in recent months was the biggest hit of the night. Songs by Stephen Sondheim were performed by Ben Platt and Rachel Zegler, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., and Leslie Odom Jr.