James Corden Pays Tribute To George Michael With Original 'Carpool Karaoke' Clip

It got emotional

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When George Michael died on Christmas day, James Corden was one of the many celebrities to remember the singer on Twitter, but the talk show host has continued to pay his respects on his show.

On his first night back after the Christmas break, Corden kicked off The Late Late Show by revealing how the "really sad news" of Michael's passing hit him hard.

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"I feel like I've loved George Michael as long as I've loved music, in a way, and I know so many of his fans feel the same," Corden explained. "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, 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."

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Aside from his love of Michael's music, Corden went on to point out how the singer had influenced his career. A sketch filmed for Comic Relief in 2011 inspired the now-famous Carpool Karaoke segment from his chat show, and Corden is nothing but thankful.

"We had come up with this idea to have me and George Michael sitting in a car, and it was the first time I had ever sung in a car with anybody," Corden said. "It's become quite a big part of my life now and he really inspired it."

The clip of the duo singing in the car together also proved to be very useful when trying to persuade other A-list stars to sign up.

"We sent it to Mariah Carey and she was the first person to say yes," Corden added. "Her words were 'if it's good enough for George, it's good enough for me.'"