Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Cher, Cardi B, and DJ Khaled read passages from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House during the 2018 Grammys Sunday night. The real star of the performance, however, was a surprise cameo from Hillary Clinton.
“Trump won’t read anything. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored,” John Legend read, kicking off the video.
During Cardi B’s portion of the performance, she couldn’t stay in character.
“Why am I reading this shit?” she asked. “Is this really how he lives his life?”
And DJ Khaled personalized his lines, dropping in “another one” as air horns played in the background.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 29, 2018
“One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds: Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade,” Clinton read.
While some viewers on Twitter loved the joke, others felt it only perpetuated the fact that award shows have become more politically polarizing than ever.
OMG, Hillary Clinton reading "Fire and Fury" on national television. THE SHADE OF IT ALL.#GRAMMYs
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 29, 2018
— Lee For You (@leledevill) January 29, 2018
Ok Cardi B's audition and DJ Khaled "DJ Khaleding" Fire and Fury is all I needed tonight. And Hillary for the big finish. Ha! #Grammys
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 29, 2018
The comedy bits in the #Grammys are very long… and throwing in Hillary after reports that she kept a sexual harasser on her payroll… well…
— janewells (@janewells) January 29, 2018
Nikki Haley—United States Ambassador to the United Nations—tweeted that she did not approve of the Fire and Fury bit. That’s probably because she was accused of having an affair with President Donald Trump in the book.
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.
— Archive: Ambassador Nikki Haley (@AmbNikkiHaley) January 29, 2018
“Is the Grammy in the bag?” Clinton asked when she finished reading.
We think so.