Indian-American US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has slammed the Grammys for mixing politics with music.
Haley took to Twitter to express her anger after watching the pre-taped skit that also involved former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The host of the Grammy night, comedian James Corden, joked about the auditions for the ‘2018 Best Spoken Word Album’. He 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.
The comedic performance was greeted with cheers, but Haley called out the awards for politicising music.
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, a political correspondent for The Washington Post.
“I disagree. That part ruined the Grammys. Such a shame,” wrote Haley.
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra joined the Pre-Grammy Gala a day before the annual ceremony, on January 27 in New York. She took part in a series of marketing initiatives, including social media and brand awareness events for JBL and Harman Kardon.
As an ambassador for these brands, Chopra walked the red carpet at the Clive Davis’ and the Recording Academy’s annual Pre-Grammy Gala.