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TMZ: Oscars DJ Questlove Shares His One Regret From This Year's Ceremony – Here's What It Is

Comfort Omovre
May 02, 2021
10:00 P.M.

The 2021 Oscars was a night filled with memorable moments, but for the show's DJ, Questlove, he left with one regret. Read on to find out what it is!


DJ Questlove was the man behind the deck at the 2021 Oscars, but while the 50-year-old thoroughly enjoyed playing at the event, he also has some regrets.

Speaking to TMZ, Questlove explained he regrets he could not shoo away award winners who took too long to finish their acceptance speeches.

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson on "Saturday Night Live" | Photo: Getty Images

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson on "Saturday Night Live" | Photo: Getty Images

According to him, Oscars producer Steven Soderbergh instructed him to refrain from playing any form of end-your-speech music for awardees who took forever with their speeches.

When Questlove was first asked to Deejay at the Oscars, one of the first things he did was compile his walk-away songs, but sadly, his plan was thwarted by Soderbergh.


Nonetheless, he had the time of his life at the event, playing songs from his fantastic playlist and giving an overall perfect sendoff to winners after their speeches.

However, despite not getting to do his favorite thing, Questlove, who has been going to the Oscars for about ten years, says he enjoyed the new format and hopes it will stay this way in subsequent years.

With Questlove serving as the DJ, the 2021 Oscars recorded some incredible moments, like when he played Experience Unlimited's "Da Butt" and got legendary actress Glenn Close dancing.


He has held musical directing roles with prominent artists like D'Angelo and Jay Z.

In addition to DJ-ing, Questlove also served as the musical director for the awards show held on Sunday. Interestingly, the 50-year-old had his eye on the job for almost ten years.

In an interview with Billboard, he explained he first developed an interest in the role in 2012 when the musical directors put together an all-star band including A.R. Rahman, Esperanza Spalding, and Sheila E.


With his musical direction at this year's Oscars, he made history as the fifth music director in the award show's 93 years of existence.

While this is his first time as a music director at the Oscars, he has held musical directing roles with prominent artists like D'Angelo and Jay Z. He also currently serves as the director of music for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," where his band, Roots, plays.


A five-time Grammy winner, Questlove has made a name for himself in the music industry. Even more, the 50-year-old is an inspiration to aspiring musicians across the globe.

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