Grammy ratings drop at politically-charged ceremony

Grammy ratings drop at politically-charged ceremony
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The politically-charged Grammy awards took a ratings tumble on Sunday night, falling 21 percent from the previous year.

According to Nielsen’s preliminary numbers, the broadcast drew 17.64 million viewers, compared to 26 million for the previous year’s ceremony — which featured performances by Beyonce and Adele.

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night Opera singers perform outside White House during fourth day of protests MORE appeared on this year’s show to read an excerpt from the bestselling Michael Wolff book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Clinton read an excerpt about the president's habit of eating McDonald's.

“He had a longtime fear about being poisoned — one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald's. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made,” read Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, to laughs from the audience.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump was right to ditch UN’s plan for handling migrants The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Overnight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart MORE criticized the segment, saying it would be better to leave politics out of the ceremony — and especially the Wolff book.

“I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it,” she tweeted to her 1.1 million followers on Sunday night. “Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.”