Kicking off The Late Late Show for 2017, James Corden paid a moving tribute to late pop singer George Michael.
Opening the talk show with his usual monologue, James took the opportunity remember George Michael, who passed away on Christmas day at the age of 53. James, who was a big fan of George's music, admitted the pop star's passing "hit him really hard".
Seemingly a little choked up, James praised George for his ability to connect with people through his music.
“I can remember so many specific times in my life where I might have felt on my own, and George's music would feel like he just... it would feel like you would listen to a song and he would reach his hand out and tell you that you weren't on your own and that these feelings were not particular to you," he confessed.
James also confirmed George inspired his viral sensation, Carpool Karaoke, during a sketch they performed together in 2011. "It was the first time I'd sung in a car with anybody," Corden revealed. "It's become quite a big part of my life now, and he inspired it."
The host admitted that despite the string of celebrities Carpool Karaoke attracts now, there was a time where many stars were hesitant to participate. But that all changed when Mariah Carey watched the clip.
“Mariah was the first person to say yes and her words were: ‘If it’s good enough for George, it’s good enough for me.’”
Watch James’ touching tribute and his first ever Carpool Karaoke with George below.