James Corden hosted the star-studded Grammy's ceremony for the second year in a row on Sunday night, and he was willing to suffer for his art.
The British actor took part in a comedy skit with Sting and Shaggy that was broadcast during the awards. On a subway train, The Late Late Show With James Corden star sits alongside the two singers when they break into a rendition of Shaggy's 2000 single, "It Wasn't Me." While the trio seems to be having a great time, other passengers aren't as pleased with the subway soundtrack.
As one commuter apologizes for not having cash to tip, Corden screams, "We're not begging. We're trying to create a viral moment!" The miserable passengers don't look like they're appreciating the entertainment from pop's finest, prompting the 39-year-old star to move for a new direction. "This is backfiring guys. Let's do something new." The commuters suffer in silence until a burly construction worker wades into the row. "We're trying to do something that's fun and uplifting," Corden explains as Sting plays his acoustic guitar. Clearly not one for listening to music on his way home, the man pipes up again. "How about you shut up and sit down," he threatens. The shot then pans to a view of the dejected group sitting in their original place, with Corden nursing a bloody nose.
"Who's stupid idea was this?" James asks. "It wasn't me!" Shaggy replies.
The skit went down a treat with audiences at the ceremony and those watching across the globe. Many were apprehensive about Corden hosting the high-profile award show after he came under fire for making inappropriate jokes about disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein at a charity event in October last year. While he was on his best behavior and garnered a largely positive reaction for his efforts, some criticized his choice to hand out puppies as consolation prizes to nominees that didn't win an award.
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