Unsurprisingly, the 2018 Grammy Awards was not without its politicized moments. The words “me too” were on everyone’s lips, and Kendrick Lamar’s powerful opening montage felt like an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement. But the most high profile politician to actually appear on the program seemed to be more interested in making a joke than a political statement: the one and only Hillary Clinton, who made a surprise appearance at the awards to take a humorous dig at her former rival, President Donald Trump.
In a pre-recorded sketch, host James Cordon explains that he’s holding auditions for a (fictional) 2018 Best Spoken Word Album. He proceeds to parade pop music icons in front of the camera one by one to read from the controversial new Trump biography Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff.
“Trump won’t read anything,” reads John Legend. “He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored.”
Cher follows with this enlightening quote from the book: “His combover — semicolon — the product was a color called Just For Men. The longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color.”
Snoop Dogg is next, the obligatory cloud of smoke drifting overhead.
“Trump did not enjoy his own inauguration,” reads Snoop. “He started to get angry and hurt that the stars were determined to embarrass him.” He stops reading and looks up: “I definitely wasn’t there.”
Rapper Cardi B reads next: “If Trump was not having his 6:30 dinner with Steve Bannon, then, more to his liking, he was in bed by that time with a cheeseburger.”
She stops and turns to the camera: “Why am I even reading this sh*#? I can’t believe this! I can’t believe that he really … this is how he lives his life?”
The next reader starts with the book in front of her face to conceal her identity, but her red pantsuit gives her away, as does the conviction in her voice as she reads.
“He had a longtime fear of being poisoned,” reads Clinton. “One reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made.”
Cordon pops on screen as she finishes reading, saying “That’s it. That’s the one.”
“You think so?” Responds Clinton. “The Grammy’s in the bag.”
While the cheering Grammy audience was clearly delighted by Clinton’s appearance, others were less pleased.
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley seemed to find the bit distasteful:
Donald Trump Jr. also expressed his displeasure with Clinton’s appearance:
Shockingly, the president himself has not weighed in on the matter. One can only assume that he was busy at the time, perhaps with a burger, in bed.
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