On a night that featured the biggest stars in music, it was Hillary Clinton who got one of the loudest reactions of the night. Clinton appeared at the end of a pre-taped skit in which various musicians read excerpts from Michael Wolff’s best-seller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, purportedly auditioning for the audiobook most likely to take home Best Spoken Word Album at next year’s Grammys.
“One reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s,” Clinton reads from the book, smirking, “nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade.”
Clinton’s delivery of the line was the capper of an otherwise lukewarm bit in which she was preceded by artists like Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Cher, and Cardi B delivering their own readings of lines from the book, along with some commentary.
“Why am I reading this shit?” Cardi B asks in the video.
Given President Donald Trump’s past behavior, it’s safe to assume the sketch probably won’t go over well wherever he’s watching. Even though he won the presidential election and defeated Clinton, he hasn’t stopped attacking her or her aides and cronies on social media — this past November, he called her the “biggest loser.”
Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017
Having Clinton, one of Trump’s favorite enemies, read from a book that Trump and his administration have vocally attacked, at one of the biggest, most celebrity-filled awards shows of the year, is exactly the type of thing likely to draw Trump’s ire.
The segment almost immediately evoked a response from Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley:
I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it. Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) January 29, 2018
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted his distaste too:
Trump hadn’t tweeted as of publish time, but there’s always tomorrow.