Questlove has been selected as musical director for the 93rd annual Academy Awards, set to air April 25 on ABC. Questlove has performed on the Oscars previously, but this is his first time as musical director.
Questlove, founding member of hip-hop group The Roots, is musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, for which The Roots serves as the house band. He has also held musical directing positions with such artists as D’Angelo, Eminem and Jay-Z.
The drummer, DJ and producer executive-produced the documentary series Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America through his production company Two One Five Entertainment, and will next direct a documentary about Sly Stone. He made his directorial debut with the feature documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded both the grand jury prize and audience award for best U.S. documentary.
Questlove has won five Grammys — three as a member of The Roots, one as a producer of Booker T. Jones’ The Road From Memphis (best pop instrumental album, 2011), and one as a producer of Hamilton (best musical theater album, 2015).
Jesse Collins, who is co-producing the Oscar telecast with Stacey Sher and Steven Soderberg, has brought two members of his team at Jesse Collins Entertainment with him to this year’s Oscar production team — Jeannae Rouzan-Clay and Dionne Harmon, both of whom will serve as co-producers. Rouzan-Clay, a writer and producer, is vice president of specials for Jesse Collins Entertainment. Harmon is the executive vice president of content & strategy.
Other pros who are joining the Oscars production team for the first time are Dream Hampton and Richard LaGravenese (both as writers).
Making repeat appearances on the Oscars production team are Glenn Weiss (as director), Rob Paine (as supervising producer), Raj Kapoor (as co-producer), Taryn Hurd (as talent producer), Jon Macks (as head writer), Amberia Allen, Rodney Barnes and Mitchell Marchand (all as writers), David Rockwell (as production designer) and Robert Dickinson (as lighting designer).
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.