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James Corden opened Sunday’s Grammys by recovering from a string of technical difficulties and rehearsal mishaps — or so the Late Late Show host wanted the audience and viewers watching to think.
Rising through the stage, Corden’s elevating entrance suffered a snag and the host was seen only from the waist up. After crawling his way up, he then rolled down the flight of stairs, losing one of his shoes and his mic pack in the process.
— The Late Late Show (@latelateshow) February 13, 2017
“What has happened, people? We have rehearsed this, and rehearsed this, and rehearsed this!” he said before dismissing his dancers from the stage. “We cannot allow these sort of mistakes, this is the Grammys, people, isn’t it?”
He then launched into a rap about being in over his head and mentioned some of the upcoming night’s highlights, including: “Beyonce performing, the queen is here dummy / Slay the whole stage with twins in her tummy.”
Corden instructed those watching at home to tweet along with the show using the hashtag #GRAMMYs. Several tweets from viewers were then shown on screen, posting Mean Tweets-style posts aimed at the host.
Included in the scroll was one positive tweet — from Trump’s personal Twitter account.
“Just as I predicted, Corden doing a GREAT job as host. Terrific,” read the tweet from @realDonaldTrump.
He then warned, “Any negative tweets that you see are fake tweets, OK? They are not real tweets. The negative ones are fake.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 13, 2017
Artists, including The Weeknd, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars and Metallica, performed when Corden hosted the 59th Annual Grammy Awards at L.A.’s Staples Center on CBS Sunday night.
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