Grammys: James Corden, Sting, Shaggy Play New York Edition of "Carpool Karaoke"
As they perform "It Wasn't Me" and "Don't Make Me Wait," subway riders complain that they do not have cash.
As he hosted the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, James Corden debuted a "New York special" version of "Carpool Karaoke" that didn't quite go as planned.
"In Los Angeles, we do 'Carpool Karaoke' in the carpool lane. Here in New York we do it a little different," Corden said as he and performers Shaggy and Sting entered the New York subway.
When he and the two artists began singing in a subway car, however, a construction worker across from them told them to knock it off. When Corden explained that it was a New York special edition of "Carpool Karaoke," the New Yorker said, "I don't give a fuck."
Sting suggested the group move to another area of the train, but when they did, singing Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me," riders told them they didn't have cash.
"We want to create a viral moment," Corden explained.
"Sorry son, no one wants to hear you sing," a woman told him.
Moving to another part of the train, the trio began to sing Sting and Shaggy's "Don't Make Me Wait," at which point an elderly woman tried to get them to stop.
"We're filming this for the Grammys," Corden said.
"Not for this granny," she added.
Finally, the construction worker confronted them and told them to stop, once and for all.
"You'll never be as powerful as the power of music," Corden taunted him.
"You want to see power?" the New Yorker asked, before clocking Corden.
In a final shot, Corden asked whose idea the New York edition of "Carpool Karaoke" was, anyway. "Wasn't me," Shaggy responded.
Before the ceremony, Corden said that his goal was to add levity to the night, but not necessarily much humor. "The Grammys are not really a place for comedy. And I’m only in the show for 17 minutes or so, across the four hours. My intention is to make it fun before it’s funny," Corden said in an interview with Billboard.
It's Corden's second year hosting the Grammys, and his first hosting from New York. In 2017 Corden opened the ceremony by tumbling down a set of stairs in a mock performance of stage choreography gone wrong, then rapping his opening monologue.
Artists including Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Kesha and Bruno Mars performed as Corden hosted the 60th annual Grammys at Madison Square Garden in New York City on CBS Sunday night.