Adele, Bruno Mars: Which Carpool Karaoke Is Your Favorite?
More viral than this season's flu strain, "The Late Late Show With James Corden"'s Carpool Karaoke segment has pulled in musicians with true horsepower: Madonna, Justin Bieber, Adele, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears, among others. Other celebrities have also gotten in the car with Corden for a turn, including Julia Roberts, George Clooney and former first lady Michelle Obama.
About that virality: Adele's 2016 episode scored 42 million of its 147 million views in just five days, becoming the most viral late night video in three years. Other segments have seen more traffic than a Southern California freeway, including Obama (52 million), Bruno Mars (40 million), Gaga (35 million), and Bieber (31 million views).
With Corden serving as host of this year's 59th GRAMMY Awards, will he incorporate Carpool Karaoke on the telecast? You'll have to tune in to find out. Until then, we've rounded up some of our favorite segments featuring current GRAMMY nominees.
Post-GRAMMY Commute With Justin Bieber
Who does Corden prefer to ride shotgun when he needs to zoom across town to get to work following the GRAMMYs? Justin Bieber, of course. The dapper pair, decked out in matching white tuxedos, jam through "Uptown Funk" and rummage through the "best thing about the GRAMMYs": the GRAMMY gift bags. The ride proved to be the cap on a memorable day for Bieber, who bagged his first career GRAMMY win for Best Dance Recording for "Where Are Ü Now."
Adele For The Holidays
Talk about setting fire to the rain. In this edition, Adele and Corden brighten a rainy London day as they sing through the likes of "Hello" and "Rolling In The Deep." The cherry on top here is the talk in between, which covers hair weaves, drumming, wine, "dropping the A bomb," and Spice Girls parties, which proved to be a nice segue into the Spice Girls' "Wannabe." Oh, and Adele showcases her rap skills to the tune of Nicki Minaj's verse on "Monster."
A 24K Ride With Bruno Mars
Magic was definitely in the air. The duo talks romance, Elvis, poker faces, and the real story behind Mars' hats while belting out hits such as "24KMagic," "Uptown Funk," "Locked Out Of Heaven," and "Grenade." The must-see nugget? Check out how Corden slides into suggesting a title for Mars' next album.
A Carpool Pick-Me-Up From Sia
Who needs GPS when you have Sia to help get you around town, despite her obvious blind spots, Sia gives Corden the inside story on her career, her proclivity for wigs, crafting melodies, and why she believes in aliens. Corden channels his inner Sia by trying on his own wig, which sets the mood as the duo sing "Chandelier," "Alive" and "Diamonds."
Going Country With Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood takes the wheel for this countrified episode, which is anchored by a shopping pit stop that results in Corden scoring an authentic cowboy hat. The ride-along features Underwood favorites such as "Jesus, Take The Wheel" and "Before He Cheats," plus talk about hockey and a game of "How Long Can You Hold That Note?" And the closing cover of Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" keeps us hanging on like a yo-yo.
A Super Ride With Chris Martin
Corden comes to the rescue of a hitchhiking Chris Martin, who is desperate for a ride to Super Bowl 50 in time to join his Coldplay bandmates for their halftime performance with Beyoncé. Topics of discussion include football (duh), Martin's spot-on Mick Jagger impersonation and musical inspirations. The lengthy road trip is aided by stops for snacks and lemonade, plus a soundtrack that includes "Yellow," "Hymn For The Weekend," David Bowie's "Heroes," and "Adventure Of A Lifetime," which is certainly an apt description for this episode.
Confidence With Demi Lovato And Nick Jonas
In a bind getting to work, Corden calls on current GRAMMY nominee Demi Lovato and her touring partner, Nick Jonas. After an awkward opening review of Jonas' dating history, the trio break into Lovato's "Heart Attack" (careful to clarify the song isn't an accurate description of having a real heart attack), some next-level harmony on "Stone Cold" and "Close" choreography. By the end of the ride, Corden had invited himself on their tour, named their band JCD and practiced their "Confident" act on the street.
Spotlight On Jennifer Hudson
Perhaps a nod to her GRAMMY-nominated role in the Broadway revival of "The Color Purple," Jennifer Hudson put on her best purple lipstick for her joy ride with Corden. The pair got into a little "Trouble," placed a soulful fast food order and chatted about everything from J-Hud's stint as a Burger King employee to what Oprah might smell like. Hudson even showed off her best wrestling moves before ending "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" on a high note.