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Beyonce, John Legend and Jennifer Lopez star in James Corden’s Grammy Carpool Karaoke

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James Corden admitted that he was nervous before he took to the stage to present the Grammy Awards for the first time, but he certainly made an impression, as a frenetic performance got people talking throughout the show.

His entrance set the tone, which saw him stuck on a rising platform, then stumbling and falling down some stairs, before rolling onto the stage, losing a shoe in the process.

He then scolded his backing dancers for “messing up” his entrance, exclaiming, “This is a disaster! We cannot allow these sort of mistakes, this is the Grammys people!”

Once they’d departed, he then eschewed the traditional monologue by busting into a rap instead (was it as good as the Gavin & Stacey American Boy rap? No, of course not), which mentioned Beyonce’s pregnancy, Rihanna and Drake dating, and the upcoming performers in the night, including Lady Gaga and Metallica, Bruno Mars and Maren Morris, as well as musicians departed, including Prince and Leonard Cohen.

He also, of course, addressed the giant orange elephant in the room by mentioning Donald Trump’s presidency, saying, "Living this up because this is the best because with President Trump we don't know what's next!"

And, predictably, the Brit brought out his much-loved Carpool Karaoke for a ‘live’ version, featuring himself donning a cardboard cut-out of a car.

He roped in Neil Diamond, who led them in a version of his 1969 classic Sweet Caroline, helped along by Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Faith Hill and Keith Urban, although Hill and Legend did not seem too sure of the words. Rushing in at the end to save the day was Beyonce and Jay Z’s five-year old daughter Blue Ivy, who was wearing a pink ‘Purple Rain’ suit in tribute to Prince.

When we were five, we were happy to just get on the dancefloor at a wedding. Blue Ivy gets to play at the Grammys – hardly seems fair does it?

Corden’s parents Margaret and Malcolm were also in attendance, although he pretended to be furious when he found them cosying up to their “free pass” partners, in the form of Nick Jonas and Heidi Klum.

The night saw Adele dominate the awards, taking home five, as she performed a brilliant tribute to George Michael in the form of a ballad version of his 1996 hit Fastlove.

David Bowie also posthumously won the five awards that he was nominated for.

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