James Corden held his own following up Adele at the start of the 2017 Grammy Awards, blending a rapped intro with staged pratfalls. This is the Late Late Show host’s first year hosting the award show.
Corden entered the stage through the staircase, aiming to rise to the top and descend down the steps. There were some “technical difficulties” as the platform did not rise high enough and the host had to climb his way out. As he walked down the stairs, he fell into the space between the steps, losing a shoe and his microphone in the process. Dancers arrived on cue and Corden attempted to join the choreography before dramatically stopping the production.
After gaining his composure following the stunt, Corden went on to rap his monologue, citing some of music’s biggest stories from the last year alongside this year’s guests and nominees. After joking about Rihanna and Drake dating, he ended on a topical note: “With President Trump, we don’t know what comes next.”