Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Grammys on Sunday when she appeared on video reading an excerpt from “Fire and Fury,” the controversial book about President Donald Trump, with musical artists.
The cameo was well-received by the live audience, but it earned the ire of many outside the auditorium, including Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
The parody segment shows Grammys host James Corden holding auditions for next year’s Grammy for best spoken word album. Famous musicians, including Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, John Legend, and Cher "auditioned" for the role. They each took turns reading from “Fire and Fury."
According to Corden, none of the auditions were Grammy-worthy, until he got to the last one: Hillary Clinton’s. At first, Clinton’s face was covered by the book as she begin to read. When she lowered it, the crowd cheered.
She read from a passage that truly meant to mock Trump, the section of the book about his love for McDonald's.
"He had a longtime fear of being poisoned. One reason why he liked to eat at McDonald's. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made,” Clinton read.
After she finished reading, Corden praised the failed presidential candidate.
“The Grammy is in the bag?!” she asked.
"In the bag!" he replied.
What was the reaction to the segment?
The segment quickly became the most talked about part of Sunday’s 60th annual music awards show.
While Clinton supporters, those opposed to the president and liberals praised the segment, others like Haley and Donald Trump Jr. found it distasteful, given the controversy surrounding the book.
Here’s what Haley said:
I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it. Don’t ruin great music w… https://t.co/jnrCPMiOlM— Archive: Ambassador Nikki Haley (@Archive: Ambassador Nikki Haley) 1517195547.0
@agearan I disagree. That part ruined the Grammys. Such a shame.— Archive: Ambassador Nikki Haley (@Archive: Ambassador Nikki Haley) 1517195297.0
Trump Jr. called the Grammys cameo a “consolation” prize for losing the White House:
Getting to read a #fakenews book excerpt at the Grammys seems like a great consolation prize for losing the presidency. #GrammyAwards— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1517197192.0
Ben Shapiro said the segment proved liberals are still out-of-touch with the America that elected Trump:
Hillary Clinton reading "Fire and Fury" at the Grammys is why Trump won. But actually. It is.— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro) 1517202667.0
Meanwhile, Katie Pavlich called out the hypocrisy of the segment:
Further, Michael Wolff claimed with zero evidence that Nikki Haley, a daughter of immigrants, slept her way to succ… https://t.co/ToibFGJQSg— Katie Pavlich (@Katie Pavlich) 1517197091.0