When he announced Olivia Rodrigo for a performance of “Driver's License,” Trevor Noah made a slam on Will Smith over last week's incident at the Oscars.
“We're gonna be listening to some music, we're gonna be dancing, we're gonna be singing, we're gonna be keeping people's names out of our mouths and we're gonna be giving out awards all throughout the night,” Noah declared.
“Keeping people's names out of our mouths” was a reference to Will Smith's slap of Chris Rock after the comedian came up with jokes about his wife's, Jada Pinkett Smith, hairstyle when he presented the award for the Best Documentary feature.
“Keep my wife's name out of your f*** mouth,” Smith repeatedly yelled at Rock.
Questlove, who was awarded the Oscar shortly following Smith's stunt, made reference to the slap when handing the”Song of the Year” award. “I'm gonna present this award, and I trust that you people will stay 500 feet away from me,” Questlove said, adding the fact that he did not intend to be “just playing.”
Noah made a joke about inflation, which is at an all-time high when he announced the first act of the night, Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak's Silk Sonic.
“A duo bringing back the '70s … which might explain all the inflation … Silk Sonic,” said Noah.
Prior to the big show, Trevor Noah said the show would honor musicians and bring attention to hot-button issues in politics like the conflict in Ukraine.
“I think the show is going to find the right place and the right space to do something,” the Daily Show host said. “It's one of those interesting balances in life we try to achieve, which is acknowledging what's happening in the world whilst allowing yourself the grace to celebrate some of the moments that are also going on.”