Questlove may have had a front row seat to the drama—but his mind was understandably elsewhere.
The March 28 episode of The Tonight Show, the 51-year-old musician—with his trophy in tow!—recalled the moment he won the award for Best Documentary Feature for Summer of Soul at the 2022 Oscars—just moments after Chris Rock (the category’s presenter) and Will SmithWith their own unplanned moment, they took center stage
Looking back at that “situation,” The RootsFrontman explained to host Jimmy Fallon Because he was so busy taking in the experience of his nomination, he didn’t understand what was happening in that moment.
“Of course, you know, that happened in the cyclone of a whole [other] situation with two very good friends of mine,”He noted that he was referring to Chris and Will. “And I really wasn’t aware of that, it’s weird to say, because—they tell you ahead of time, ‘This is your category!’ And so, in that moment, you’re either gonna be full of anxiety—or for me, I’ve been meditating for the last two years.”