9:51pm PT by Lexy Perez, Lauren Huff
James Corden Fires Back at Critics of Hillary Clinton's Grammys Appearance
Fresh off of hosting Sunday's Grammys on Monday's Late Late Show, James Corden addressed the criticism the ceremony faced for being too political.
One of the night's biggest moments came when Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance as part of a sketch in which multiple celebrities read from Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Corden explained that the Trump administration found issue with it, after several political figures tweeted about the sketch. The late-night host then read a tweet posted by U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, who slammed the comedy bit, arguing “Some of us love music without politics being thrown into it.”
“So I guess Nikki only liked the other nonpolitical moments of the Grammys. You know, Kendrick Lamar’s performance about police violence or U2’s performance about immigration in front of the Statue of Liberty,” Corden joked. The late-night host then directed his attention to Haley, arguing, “Well Nikki Haley, you can tell your boss, some of us love politics without the Twitter meltdowns thrown in,” Corden argued.
Donald Trump Jr. also tweeted about Clinton’s Grammy’s appearance, writing, “Getting to read a #fakenews book excerpt at the Grammys seems like a great consolation price for losing the presidency.” When the audience began booing after Corden read the tweet, the late-night host quipped, “No, you gotta give him credit. If anyone knows about consolation prizes, it’s Donald Trump’s second favorite child. At least you’re not Tiffany. Eric Trump would’ve tweeted about it, but he’s not allowed to stay up past 7:30.”
Later in the show, Corden explained that he and his team had to lie to the stars featured in the Fire and Fury sketch, informing them that Clinton would in fact be involved, despite not having yet heard back from her team for an appearance. “They all said yes, because they thought Hillary was doing it. … Thankfully she said yes, because that is not a call I want to make to Cher.”
Stephen Colbert also sounded off on Sunday's Grammy Awards during his show Monday night.
"It was a pretty political show last night. A lot of artists called out Trump's immigration policies," he told the audience in his opening monologue, specifically mentioning Camila Cabello, U2 and the rapper Logic, prompting Colbert to joke, "not the first time that Donald Trump and logic have been at odds."
U2 performed an ode to immigrants in front of the Statue of Liberty during the Grammys. They were introduced by Cabello, who was born in Cuba, and who made an impassioned plea for immigration and DACA "dreamers." After his performance, Logic took some time to rant about current issues including the #MeToo movement, immigration and Trump's "shithole" comments.
Colbert also had something to say about about Clinton's surprise appearance.
"That must have made Trump so mad, to see Hillary showing off how she can read," the host joked. He also gave a shoutout to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, who tweeted, "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."
In response, Colbert said, "She just wants to take us back to when music was less political. You know, John Lennon, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, N.W.A. I for one love their song 'No Comment on the Police.' "
Meanwhile over on Comedy Central's The Opposition, Jordan Klepper discussed the “antifa-rally” hosted by Corden Sunday night. “This year’s Grammys was a liberal woke-off. … Beyonce wore a hat with a live-caged Harvey Weinstein inside.”
Klepper then read various tweets slamming the political nature of Sunday’s ceremony. NRA spokesperson and “Fox News femme fatale” Dana Loesch wrote that she loves U2’s music, but “not the politically misguided intro they were given.” “If there’s one band that’s famous for not being political, it’s U2,” Klepper joked. “They don’t have time. They’re too busy vacationing in Sudan.”
Earlier on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah also addressed the criticism regarding the political statements made on the Grammys. “Oh you want music without politics? So, no country? No rap? No folk? No rock? No reggae and no punk? Yeah, so I guess elevator music?”
Noah then fired back at Trump Jr.’s tweet slamming Clinton. “Being able to go on the Grammys and talk shit about Trump, because you feel like it, that literally is the consolation prize. Yeah, that’s exactly what Hillary should be doing,” Noah said.
“People are like ‘Oh Hillary go away.’ I’m like, you can’t expect someone to lose the presidency, but then still act presidential. That’s not how it works. It’s like if you lose the Miss America pageant, you don’t have to pretend about child hunger anymore.”