Will Smith is best known as an award-winning actor, but he was a pillar of hip-hop music in the 1990s after appearing on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” More recently, it was revealed that the artist was supposed to attend this year’s Grammy Awards but was unable to do so due to a scheduling conflict; what was the reason for his absence?
To commemorate the genre’s 50th year in the industry, renowned hip-hop artists performed at this year’s ceremony. Smith was supposed to be a part of the tribute, but he was unable to attend, according to Questlove.
In an interview with Variety, the rapper explained why the actor was not present at the performance, saying:
“I’ll give the spoiler alert away: Will Smith was a part of the festivities tonight, but they started shooting ‘Bad Boys 4’ already this week.”
He went on to say that they needed to take a lot of preliminary shots, but they couldn’t because Smith was too busy with his upcoming film.
He went on to say that the actor’s alleged appearance was “a shot in the dark” because he is constantly working in the film industry. The show was also supposed to feature “a lot of people,” but the majority of them have other jobs.
Questlove, whose real name is Ahmir Khalib Thompson, went on to say:
“There was a lot of legit reasons why we couldn’t be all-inclusive of some people,”
The news comes after several hip-hop legends took the stage at The Grammy Awards ceremony at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, to commemorate the genre’s 50th anniversary.
LL Cool J hosted the segment, which began with DJ Kool Herc’s “Back to School Jam.” Some of the biggest artists in the industry performed, including Rick Ross, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Nelly, Too Short, The Roots, and many more.
If Smith had attended the ceremony, it would have been the first time he and Questlove had met since he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars last year after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett-hairstyle. Smith’s
Questlove claimed he missed the infamous Oscar moment because he was meditating during the commercial break.