U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was among the millions who remained glued to their television sets Jan. 28 evening when the 60th annual Grammy Awards were being aired on CBS. However, contrary to most, she was left displeased after she watched a skit at the music’s biggest night.
Haley made her anger apparent after she watched the pre-taped skit that also involved former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The night’s host, comedian James Cordon, asked Clinton and other celebrities, including John Legend, DJ Khaled, and Cher, to read from Michael Wolff’s controversial book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” Corden joked that the auditions were for the ‘2018 Best Spoken Word Album.’
The comedic performance was greeted with cheers, but Haley called out the awards for politicizing music.
“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,” the Indian American ambassador tweeted.
Replying to a tweet by a Washington Post reporter, Haley also said she felt the parody was “such a shame.”
“Hillary Clinton doing a dramatic reading of ‘Fire and Fury’ was worth waiting up for,” wrote Anne Rumsey Gearan.
“I disagree. That part ruined the Grammys. Such a shame,” wrote Haley.
The excerpt that Clinton read was about why Trump eats at McDonald’s.
“He had a longtime fear of being poisoned, one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s — nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade,” Clinton read.
After Clinton’s narration, Corden said, “That’s it – that’s the one.”
“You think so?” Clinton replied while smiling. “The Grammy’s in the bag?”
Though no Indian American artist was present at the Grammys, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra joined the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Jan. 27 in New York, a day before the annual Grammy Awards ceremony, in the capacity of the global brand ambassador of Harman International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co.
The actress took part in a series of marketing initiatives, including social media and brand awareness events for JBL and Harman Kardon.
As ambassador of these brands, Chopra walked the red carpet at the Clive Davis’ and the Recording Academy’s annual Pre-Grammy Gala.
Harman is the official sound of the Grammy’s and a recipient of three technical awards for its JBL, AKG and Lexicon brands.
“Music brings the world together. It defies borders, colors and norms, often bridging cultures, genders, and generations,” Chopra said in a statement. “Songs often become symbols of moments throughout our lives, encouraging, inspiring, empowering, and at times, healing us. I’ve long admired the sophistication of Harman Kardon and vibrant energy of JBL and am honored to be collaborating with such iconic brands.”