James Corden pays tribute to George Michael

James Corden pays tribute to George Michael”

Corden recalled how he was "lucky enough" to meet Michael in 2011 when they took part in a Comic Relief sketch together - which inspired the now viral Carpool Karaoke.

"When we started the show here were tried to get people to do "Carpool Karaoke" and not many artists wanted to do it". They sent the clip of Michael to Mariah Carey, who was the first to say yes, Corden said.

"I feel like I've loved George Michael as long as I've loved music", the host said.

Corden paid tribute to the late music legend on The Late Late Show on Tuesday (Jan. 3, 2017) by expressing his personal feelings on Michael's body of work. When Corden came to the USA, he showed Michael's performance to unsure celebrities to prove how fun a Carpool Karaoke segment would be.

In 2011, the singer agreed to appear in a charity sketch with the comedian that featured the two singing together in a auto - you can watch the whole thing HERE - which inspired Corden's mega-successful Carpool Karaoke segment! "But there was some really sad news over Christmas that hit me really hard...the passing away of George Michael", James Corden told his audience on January 3.

That sketch was also responsible for convincing Mariah Carey to sign up as the first participant of Carpool Karaoke.

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Here's to you, George.

The pair's original collaboration was for Comic Relief, a biannual United Kingdom charity fundraiser.

And we had come up with this idea to have me and George Michael singing in a vehicle.

In that very first sketch, Michael displayed impeccable comedic timing as Corden coaxes him into singing along with the Wham! song "I'm Your Man".

"He really inspired it", Corden said. Corden recounted, "It was the first time I ever sang in a vehicle with anybody".

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