Metallica, Ariana Grande Hitch Ride With Apple Music's 'Carpool Karaoke'

Will Smith, John Legend and Alicia Keys also among artists to appear on half-hour versions of James Corden's smash segment

Metallica, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Will Smith are among those who will hitch a ride with Apple Music's 'Carpool Karaoke' series. Credit: Frederick Brown/Getty Images Entertainment

Metallica, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Will Smith are among the artists that will hitch a ride with Apple Music's upcoming Carpool Karaoke series.

While the popular Late Late Show sketch sees host James Corden behind the wheel, the Apple Music series will feature a rotating crew of drivers.

In the case of Metallica, Billy Eichner will drive them around Hollywood, including a stop at a supermarket where the band serenaded the workers behind a deli meat counter.

As producers announced at the Television Critics Association press tour Monday, Legend and Keys have been paired together, while Seth McFarlane will ride around with Grande. Chelsea Handler and Blake Shelton will also carpool, Variety reports.

"I'm still going to see my kid on the weekends," Corden said of handing off driving duties for the Apple Music series. "This just became a wonderful platform to see these people in a such an intimate environment. I don't feel it's mine."

Corden, who will only serve as driver for the Will Smith episode, added, "We're really excited about the pairings we're putting together."

Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke, the first video series for the streaming service, consists of 16 half-hour episodes, with the extended format also delving into an interview instead of just singing while driving around.

"What James does is so special and singular, it was silly, as we figured out how to make a full series, to try and replicate that," producer Ben Winston said.

Although Apple Music has the exclusive rights to the Carpool Karaoke series, Corden will continue to produce the segments for The Late Late Show. A premiere date for the series has not been announced.