A screengrab of the video featuring Hillary Clinton. Photograph:( Others )
Bruno Mars beat Jay-Z for the top Grammy Awards on Sunday, but the surprise star of the night was former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reading from Michael Wolff`s controversial book Fire and Fury.
A pre-taped parody sketch saw Grammy Awards host James Corden audition celebrities, including John Legend, Cher, Cardi B and Snoop Dogg. They read excerpts from the deeply critical book about President Donald Trump’s first year in office, ostensibly as contenders for a spoken word Grammy prize.
Clinton, who lost the 2016 election to Trump, read an excerpt from the book about Trump`s eating habits. "One reason why he liked to eat at McDonald`s: Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made," Clinton read.
A surprise appearance from Hillary Clinton reading Fire & Fury at the Grammys pic.twitter.com/VAYk70pqAj— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 29, 2018
Corden then praised her, saying "The Grammy is in the bag."
The president`s family and members of his administration immediately criticized the segment.
His son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: "Getting to read a #fakenews book excerpt at the Grammys seems like a great consolation prize for losing the presidency."
In a follow-up tweet, he added: "The more Hillary goes on television the more the American people realise how awesome it is to have @realDonaldTrump in office."
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who is known to post on social media about her love of pop music, tweeted that Clinton`s appearance "ruined the Grammys. Such a shame."
Wolff`s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House became an instant bestseller on Jan. 5 when its release was pulled forward after published excerpts set off a political firestorm, threats by Trump lawyers of legal action and an effort to halt publication.
The book, dismissed by Trump as full of lies, depicts a chaotic White House, a president who was ill-prepared to win the office in 2016 and aides who scorned his abilities. It is based on extensive interviews with Trump`s former chief strategist Steve Bannon and other aides.