Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the 2018 Grammy Awards to participate in the narration of Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
To highlight the Best Spoken Word Album Award at the Grammys, host James Corden opened a mock audition for the best narrator of the book. Clinton was the last contender and she initially covered her face while she read a few passage from the book.
"He had a long-time fear of being poisoned, one reason he liked to eat at McDonald's. Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made," Clinton read from the book, which details President Donald Trump's first year in the White House.
The audience erupted into applause and cheer when they realized midway through the reading that it was Trump's 2016 presidential elections opponent reading about his life. Corden then cut in and announced that Clinton is the winner.
"That's it, we've got it. That's the one," Corden says, to which Clinton replies, "You think so? The Grammy's in the bag?"
Clinton already won her first Grammy Award in 1997 for reading her book It Takes a Village.
Other celebrities in the pre-recorded skit include Cher, Cardi B., John Legend, Snoop Dog, and DJ Khaled. The "Bodak Yellow" rapper expressed her disbelief at how Trump lives his life after she read about his penchant for cheeseburgers and going to bed early at 6:30 p.m.
Not everyone was amused, though, at how the ceremony quickly turned into a political event instead of a night for music. United Nations ambassador and Republican Nikki Haley thought that having artists read Fire and Fury ruined the Grammys. It also killed her love for the event.
"Don't ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it," Haley wrote on Twitter.
However, Clinton's appearance was not the only political moment at the 2018 Grammy Awards. "Havana" singer Camila Cabello, who introduced the British band U2, called for legal protection for the immigrants living in the United States, calling them "dreamers."
Eric Church, Maren Morris, and the Brothers Osborne sang a tribute to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas in October. The artists were among the performers at the country music festival where the deadly shooting took place.
The 2018 Grammy Awards also gathered those who support the Time's Up movement. Singer Janelle Monáe spoke up for women's rights. Artists like Lady Gaga and Nick Jonas wore a white rose to show solidarity.