On February 12, late night talk show host James Corden will be hosting the Grammys. The event will feature the biggest stars in music, and Corden and the performers will be taking the stage at the Staples Center in LA.
Corden began his career working as an actor, performer, writer, and host for various shows in the UK. As he ascended the entertainment ranks, he began to get noticed in the states. He became the host of The Late Late Show, which airs on CBS, in 2015.
He’s gained fame for his Carpool Karaoke segments. He’s driven around LA with the likes of Adele, Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Mariah Carey while belting out popular tunes. These videos on YouTube have received millions of views.
As the night of the Grammys approaches, Corden is busily preparing for his prominent role. In interviews with the media, he has said that he plans on focusing more on overall fun than specific jokes or sketches. The Staples Center will be filled with musicians and industry professionals who will want to have a good time while honoring their distinguished colleagues, and it might not be the right place for the type of comedy that he’s known for.
Fans of Carpool Karaoke should be ready to see a different side of Corden. The Grammys is a tightly controlled event that packs in performances from various genres, and there probably won’t be time to include clips that show spirited karaoke singing.
When James Corden developed “Carpool Karaoke” for his late night talk show, there was one person he wanted as one of his first guests, but they couldn’t work out the scheduling. Ed Sheeran revealed in an interview with Capital FM to promote his new singles that Corden is finally about to get that guest on the show – and it’s Sheeran himself.
James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” features the talk show host picking up various celebrities (usually musicians) in a supposed bid to have them help him get to work on time. Throughout the ride, he talks with them, asks questions you wouldn’t normally find in interviews, and they sing along to a few songs – usually a mix of their own and some of their favorite artists. Standouts on the show have seen Corden taking Selena Gomez through a drive-thru window for burgers and fries, Adele singing along to Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga driving the car after just receiving her license. The segment has grown so popular, it even had its own primetime special.
Sheeran stopped by Capital FM to promote his newly released tracks “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of Your Body,” but chatted with Roman Kemp about various topics during his time on the radio show. When the topic of “Carpool Karaoke” came up, Sheeran revealed he’s actually been talking to James Corden about an appearance for the last three years!
Sheeran explained that Corden approached him about being one of the first on the show, but he still hasn’t been able to appear. With Sheeran just as popular for his live covers of other people’s music as well as his own, it’s no wonder that Corden thought he would be a good fit for the show.
Sheeran isn’t too keen on singing along to his own music on the show though; instead he quipped that he’d like to sing along to Biggie’s “Big Booty Hoes” and make the segment as “awkward and dirty” as he could. It sounds like he’ll have fun with it!
James Corden took over “The Late Late Show” from Craig Ferguson. He has since carved out an extremely large following of loyal viewers in that short period of time. He has also been able to book some of the biggest stars in the world of entertainment who never appeared on the show when Ferguson was at the helm. Corden has received the largest amount of notoriety for his carpool karaoke segments. In case you have been living in a cave, carpool karaoke involves Corden and a celebrity guest sitting in a car and singing along to a famous song. This simple concept has become ridiculously popular. In fact, videos of the various carpool karaoke segments have been viewed literally millions of times on YouTube. It has become Corden’s signature bit in much the same was that David Letterman had his top 10 lists and Johnny Carson performed Carnac the Magnificent.
Corden pulled out all of the stops for a recent carpool karaoke segment that had a Christmas theme. Chris Martin of Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey, Elton John and Adele joined Corden for a rendition of “All I Want for Christmas.” The video has already become one of the most viewed videos in the history of the bit. Corden has been asked to explain why this particular bit has connected so well with millions of people. He believes that people like to see big stars just having fun and not being asked boring questions about the projects they are promoting.