NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – James Corden helped kick off the Grammy celebration in New York City Thursday morning.
Corden was on hand to roll out the red carpet for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden, which are returning to the Big Apple for the first time in 15 years.
It will be Corden’s second time hosting.
“It’s certainly a colder experience in New York than it is in Los Angeles, but it’s very exciting. I’ve never been to Madison Square Garden before,” Corden said. “I went in yesterday, and it’s a lovely small, intimate venue. It’s going to be fun. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Corden was joined by Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Grammy Awards Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich and CBS Executive Vice President Jack Sussman.
As for the performances, Corden said he’s “really excited about Pink, Gaga, I mean there’s so many.”
Along with the music, there will also be a message of support for the Time’s Up initiative. Grammy attendees will wear white roses, just as celebrities wore black to the Golden Globe Awards, sending a united message against sexual harassment and workplace inequality.
“There’s so many significant issues that are going on in our country today. The music industry needs to speak up, and they’re doing it in such a great way,” said Sussman.
Corden said he’s convinced nominees can improve their chances of winning if they’ve done Carpool Karaoke with him.
“Adele did one and she had a very good year last year,” he said. “So I think it’s probably a definite that if you do a Carpool Karaoke you will win a Grammy. And I think it’s very important that you tell Beyonce that.”
Nominee Lady Gaga has taken that ride with Corden, so time will tell if his theory proves true.