James Corden’s Parents Were the Real MVPs of the Grammys

Corden's hilarious and adorable parents rubbed elbows with Cardi B, DJ Khaled, and U2.

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Bruno Mars may have taken home five awards but the real MVPs of last Sunday’s Grammy awards were Margaret and Malcolm Corden. The adorable parents of late-night and Grammys host James Corden, they were sent by their son to cover the music award ceremony as the official Grammys reporters for the Late Late Show. And they nailed it.

Given full press access (including to the red carpet for pre-show interviews), the hilarious couple more than held their own talking to many of the biggest names in the music industry, effortlessly charming everyone they spoke to. They swapped fashion advice with Cardi B, convinced Common to freestyle on the red carpet, and got some solid advice from DJ Khaled, who taught them the importance of having a great fake laugh for any time a celebrity tells a lame joke. John Legend even flirted hard with Margaret in front of Chrissy Teigen.

But the biggest highlight of the entire segment was when Margaret and Malcolm met U2 members Bono and the Edge. Malcolm somehow convinced the two rock legends to let him serenade them with his saxophone skills. Seeing Bono and the Edge watch an old British man play the saxophone for several minutes was incredibly bizarre, yet highly entertaining.

Overall, Malcolm and Margaret did a phenomenal job covering the Grammys for their son, bringing a mix of deadpan observations and wide-eyed enthusiasm you couldn’t help but find hilarious. If James doesn’t end up hosting again next year, who knows, maybe his folks can take the reins.

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