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In a surprise comedy bit at the 60th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night, a cadre of music celebrities — and also Hillary Clinton — read passages from Michael Wolff’s best-seller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House as if it were a spoken-word album.
In introducing the sketch, host James Corden speculated that at the 2019 Grammys, Trump would probably be the subject of a nominated spoken-word album. The program then launched into a spoof on spoken-world albums read by celebrities, including five musicians and the former presidential candidate.
“Trump won’t read anything. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored,” John Legend read.
“His comb-over — semi-colon — the color was a product called ‘Just for Men.’ The longer it was left on the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color,” Cher added.
As violins played, Snoop Dogg recited, “Trump did not enjoy his own inauguration. He started to get angry and hurt that stars were determined to embarrass him.”
Cardi B, however, interrupted her passage, about a cheeseburger, with a bit of editorializing. “Why am I reading this shit?” she asked.
DJ Khaled picked up on her changes to the reading and added some of his signature interjections. “Another one!” he said at one part; “It’s DJ Khaled!” he added to another, as party horns blared.
But the big surprise was former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: “One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds: Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade,” Clinton read aloud. After Corden informed her that her performance was perfect, she responded gleefully, “You think so? The Grammy’s in the bag?!”
Watch the full video here.
In response, United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted on Sunday night, “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.”
Not long after, Donald Trump Jr. also tweeted about the moment. “Getting to read a #fakenews book excerpt at the Grammys seems like a great consolation prize for losing the presidency. #GrammyAwards,” he wrote.
Wolff’s book has sold more than 1.7 million copies, according to its publisher. Endeavor Content purchased the film and television rights in a deal that is said to be in the seven-figure range. Endeavor Content plans to turn the book into a television series, but a network is not attached.
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