As you know, Quest was actually the winner that Chris Rock announced last Sunday — but his moment was largely overshadowed/forgotten, as everyone was talking Will/Chris. So, a little payback is more than warranted.
The Grammys are underway and their MC, Trevor Noah, was on a roll in avoiding just about every controversy in the biz in his opening remarks … except Will Smith, of course.
The ceremony kicked off Sunday in Vegas with a performance by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — after which, things went indoors at the MGM Grand Garden Arena … where TN popped up again and start delving into his monologue seamlessly.
He intro’d all the big names who were in the building — going through a list that included the likes of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and more — and said the night was going to be a smooth ride where they’d be singing, dancing and giving out awards.
Then came the dig … “We’re gonna be keeping people’s names out of our mouths.” That, he said, would help keep the night chill … and the audience laughed it up as a result.
No name-dropping here, but it’s obvious what Trevor was referring to … that is, Will telling Chris Rock to keep Jada Pinkett‘s name out of his mouth during last weekend’s Oscars ceremony — this after smacking him across the face on stage, live on television.
It’s interesting that Trevor went there — albeit, lightly and not nearly as brutal as he could’ve been — because the dude was seen embracing Will at an afterparty last week … following a long chat they shared.
Seems like he struck a good balance between addressing it and sparing Will further humiliation. Dude’s been getting both criticized and ridiculed in the wake of the hit.