It wouldn’t be an awards show without at least one reference to Donald Trump now, would it?
Whilst hosting Sunday’s Grammy Awards, James Corden joked that the Trump presidency will, by 2019, have inspired a spoken word album and potential Grammy nominee.
It was the perfect segue into a pre-recorded Grammys sketch, which saw Corden auditioning the likes of Cher, John Legend, DJ Khaled and Cardi B for the audio recording of Michael Wolff’s explosive account of life inside President Trump’s White House, Fire and Fury.
“Trump won’t read anything,” Legend said. “He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored.”
“His comb-over: a product called Just for Men,” noted Cher.
Rapper Cardi B followed with a quote about the president’s supposed affinity for eating cheeseburgers in bed, before asking plaintively: “Why am I reading this s**t?”
Finally, none other than Hillary Clinton appeared on screen.
“One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds,” the former secretary of state read aloud. “Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade.”
Naturally, Clinton got the job.
However, while the Grammys audience erupted into giggles at the skit, members of President Trump’s team have since voiced their disapproval online.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, was among them, dubbing the segment “trash” in a furious tweet.
“I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it,” she wrote.
“Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.”
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.— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) January 29, 2018
And, of course, Donald Trump Jr branded the segment as “fake news” – before using it as an opportunity to take yet another shot at Clinton’s election loss.
“Getting to read a #fakenews book excerpt at the Grammys seems like a great consolation prize for losing the presidency,” he said.
The POTUS himself has yet to respond to the skit, although we’ve no doubt he will be reprimanding every single “nasty woman” – and man – involved just as soon as he is able.
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