LeVar Burton and Trevor Noah Joke About Will Smith's Oscars Slap at 2022 Grammys

This year's Grammy Awards ceremony took place in Las Vegas with returning host Trevor Noah and a broadcast-opening performance from Silk Sonic.

LeVar Burton is seen at the Grammy Awards

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LeVar Burton is seen at the Grammy Awards

The Oscars slap got some attention from LeVar Burton as part of Sunday’s Grammys ceremony in Las Vegas

When presenting during the Grammys Premiere Ceremony, Burton told the audience, “I want to warn you all that our next presenter is a comedian, if you know what I mean.” From there, per the New York Post, he joked for everyone to “keep your hands to yourself.” From there, comedian Nate Bargatze made an appearance, complete with a helmet.

LeVar Burton: Our next presenter is a comedian so I need to warn everyone to remain in your seats and keep your hands to yourself #Grammys pic.twitter.com/GVVWTKMlhc

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 3, 2022

For more from the Premiere Ceremony aspect of Sunday’s show, see below.

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It’s now been exactly a week since King Richard star Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars following a G.I. Jane joke directed at Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith, who later apologized to the comedian in an extended statement shared to Instagram, later resigned from the Academy.

The slap was also addressed by returning Grammys host Trevor Noah, saying in his opening monologue that Sunday’s ceremony would see everyone “keeping people’s names out of our mouths.” 

“We’re gonna be keeping people’s names out of our mouths.”

— Host Trevor Noah alludes to Will Smith at the #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/BXxM2iPPO9

— The Recount Alt (@therecountalt) April 4, 2022

Later, Questlove also referenced the slap, jokingly advising fellow ceremony attendees to stay hundreds of feet away from him. The director of the Oscar-winning Summer of Soul documentary—who notably accepted his Oscar immediately following the slap—previously joked about the moment in a tweet on Friday. “Can we FINNNNNNNALY stop talking about it?” he said at the time.

Another not-so-subtle slap joke👀

Questlove: "I'm gonna present this award and I trust that you people will stay 500 feet away from me." #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/DV2juQjnwM

— The Recount Alt (@therecountalt) April 4, 2022

For a full list of this year’s Grammy Awards winners, click here.

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