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 ClintonGOP struggles with retirement wave Overnight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? 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) HaleyJuan Williams: Why does Trump fear GOP voters? Can Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? Treasury: US deficit tops trillion in 11 months 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.”