“It was a pretty political show last night. A lot of artists called out Trump’s immigration policies,” he began in his opening monologue. He then specifically shouted out to Camila Cabello’s reference to the DACA programme, U2’s performance backdropped by the Statue of Liberty, and Logic’s speech about strength in equality and diversity.
The latter prompted Colbert to joke that it’s ”not the first time that Donald Trump and logic have been at odds.”
One of the most-talked about moments of the ceremony came when Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance as part of a sketch by host James Corden, in which a string of celebrities read from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House in an audition for the audiobook version.
“That must have made Trump so mad, to see Hillary showing off how she can read,” Colbert said of her cameo.
He also turned his attention to US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who tweeted: "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.”
Colbert responded with: “She just wants to take us back to when music was less political. You know John Lennon, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, N.W.A. I for one love their song, ‘No Comment on the Police.’”
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