James Corden Hosts the 2017 Grammys: Grade His 'Disastrous' Opening

James Corden kicked off his inaugural stint as Grammy emcee by showing off his impressive physical comedy skills.

The Late Late Show host orchestrated a deliberately botched opening number in which he got stuck on a rising platform, fell through a trap door and then tumbled down a nearly a dozen stairs directly onto the stage. “That was a disaster,” he mock-exclaimed to the audience.

He then launched into an extended rap in which he name-checked pretty much every one of the night’s major nominees. He even squeezed in a little politics, noting during his little ditty that “we don’t know what’s next” under President Donald Trump.

Corden took over the Grammy gig from NCIS: LA star LL Cool J, who presided over music’s biggest night the past five years. Prior to that, the Grammys had no host.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Corden acknowledged that he would be scarcely seen during the three-plus hour ceremony. “I’m in the show for like 16 or 17 minutes,” he said. “There really isn’t much time. I think what we’re going to try to do as best we can is just try to inject as much fun into the evening, as opposed to being funny. It’s not really a room where you can come out and do a monologue.”

This is Corden’s seconds awards-hosting stint in the past year. Last June, he headlined the 70th annual Tony Awards (also on CBS).

Watch Corden’s performance above, then grade it below. 

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22 Comments
  1. pat says:

    James Corden go back to England and take Madonna, Rosie,Cher with you. Stay out of our country if you don’t like our elected President, go kiss ass the Queen that’s right up your ass.

    • Matt says:

      It’s not your country and the first amendment applies to all. If you don’t like hearing criticism of the traitor who rigged the election you might want to live in a cave for the next 4 years or however long it takes for the FBI to arrest him.

    • Ana says:

      Wow so I easily offended ❄️

    • Angela says:

      If he’s living here, he’s allowed to make a comment about the president. Heck, even if he didn’t live here, he’d still be allowed to, because our president’s actions have an impact on the world at large. .Contrary to what Trump wants people to think, it’s perfectly okay to criticize him, or the presidency in general.
      .
      And last I checked, you have a remote control, do you not? You can always change the channel if somebody making a brief comment about the president in the midst of an opening number bothers you THAT much.

    • MelodyAZ says:

      Please just have the guts to admit your are fascist. Please admit you are a racist and you want to take the country back 50 years. And get back to us when the shanty towns start being built for the poor people Trumps America will be creating. Get back to us when your parents lose their retirement savings and have to move in with you. Get back to us when people start to die needlessly because they didnt have health insurance. Get back to us when our infrastructure continues to erode and fail on us. Get back to us when you get food poisoning after Trump takes away food inspections. Own up to your racism.

    • Edna says:

      Poor you. Change the channel.

      • E. D. Boddy says:

        Big event shows like the are supposed to unite people not divide. It least it used to be that way before celebrities decided to make EVERYTHING about partisan politics.

    • Ron says:

      You all, let’s stop attacking the ridiculous snowflake and let’s just help them find a safe space from an awards show.

    • Temperance says:

      *snickers* As if. We’ll all stay here – if only to make your fringe lunatic nutters suffer.

  2. Vivien Piersanti says:

    I was not sure if James got hurt more than he intended. Looked like a truly hard fall.

  3. Bruce Wayne says:

    I love James Corden BUT after taking two weeks off from his show to prepare for tonight, the opening fell flat. Corden disappointed for the first time. Otoh, Colbert disappoints every night and Corden should be on at 11:35 instead of Colbert who really only belongs on a niche, cable channel like Comedy Central.

    • Collette says:

      Different strokes, I guess. I find both Corden and Colbert unwatchable. Colbert needs to watch old videos of Mort Sahl to see how it’s done. And it’s impossible to underestimate Corden.

  4. hipper says:

    We get it, he saw ‘Hamilton’.

  5. Larc says:

    Sorry, but I’ve just never seen what’s so great about James Corden. And it’s not his political opinions because he probably likes Trump more than I do.

  6. Mayra says:

    He was funny, innovative, fresh , it was the best dessert after so much snow and a cold winter up here in the Northeast

  7. Jenny says:

    I didn’t like the rapping.. James is usually hilarious so I felt let down by it. He did a good job hosting throughout the night.

  8. PR says:

    I love James Corden but all I could think was…What was that?? The writers played against all his best qualities including his sweetness and sheer love of performing. It was really a disservice to him and to the audience.

    • Temperance says:

      Yeah, I didn’t understand the choice. Corden is great, and they should have went another way for the opening. He did a great job the rest of the night.

  9. Cindy says:

    This is the 1rst year I’ve watched the Grammy and I’ll be honest, it was because James corden was hosting it was ok. But i love that guy!