Skip To Content
  • Viral badge

James Corden Won An Emmy Over Beyoncé And Even Her Cameraman Got Involved In The Drama

"I held a heavy ass camera and walked backwards keeping these 3 legends in frame," Homecoming cameraman Ben Hagarty said. "Oh and I did it going down a set of stairs."

There's drama going down on social media right now after Beyoncé was snubbed at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards over the weekend.

Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

Beyoncé had been nominated in a bunch of categories for her Netflix collaboration Homecoming, documenting her Coachella performance both onstage and behind the scenes.

Kevin Winter / Getty Images

But, despite a strong promotional push and fans assuming that at least some of the Emmys were a dead cert, Queen Bey ended up walking away with a grand total of zero awards.

Larry Busacca / Getty Images

It was one snub in particular that caught the attention of many — the Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) award, which ended up going to James Corden for his Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke special.

CBS

Many pointed out all the hard work that Beyoncé and her team had dedicated to the performance, which was well documented in Homecoming, comparing it to the Carpool Karaoke segment.

Beyoncé spent 8 hours EVERY SINGLE DAY for 8 MONTHS right after nearly dying giving birth to TWINS rehearsing, breast-fed in between breaks, spent hours anazlying costumes & set list, training 100 dancers, & put her heart and soul on stage in a desert to lose to a carpool show. https://t.co/wF87gj896V

Others called the snub "a fucking joke", referencing the fact that Homecoming had a monumental cultural impact with Beyoncé being the first black woman to headline Coachella.

The decision was even called "misogynistic and racist".

I’m salty asf. So James Cordans lame ass go pro filming won over this ?!? No this is deeper than Beyoncè losing the award. It’s really telling on how misogynistic and racist these people are .

One tweet, which showed the cameraman navigating the pyramid stairs while filming Beyoncé and her dancers, racked up nearly 100,000 likes.

james cordens carpool karaoke just won best technical direction.... a camera taped to a windshield just won an emmy over this

In fact, the cameraman himself, Ben Hagarty, chimed in on the conversation, posting a clip from Homecoming and describing how difficult the process of filming had been.

I held a heavy ass camera and walked backwards keeping these 3 legends in frame while dave held a carabiner on my pants to guide me... Oh and I did it going down a set of stairs 😂 RT if u would give us an Emmy at least 😂

Tweeting pictures of himself walking backwards, Ben further revealed that another team member had to guide him with secret signals to alert Ben when a turn in the stage was coming.

ENHANCE 👀👀😂 Fun fact: So @davemalave would guide me backwards so i didn’t fall off the runway. He would tap 3 times on my right hip when we were 10 feet from turning.. Then he would tap non stop when we were 2 feet from turning. That’s a system.

It was a successful night for James Corden though, who took away three awards on the night for his Carpool Karaoke series.

JC Olivera / WireImage

As well as pipping Beyoncé to the post for Outstanding Variety Special, he beat out strong competition to also win Outstanding Technical Direction and Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.

Speaking in the media room following the wins, James called the moment "too overwhelming", recounting a story about telling his wife they should only rent furniture after moving to LA because he was absolutely certain that The Late Late Show would get cancelled.

James Corden was "absolutely" certain the "Late Late Show" would be canceled after it premiered in the States (Watch) | Creative Arts #Emmys https://t.co/VwOGXUaaYr

BuzzFeed has reached out to reps of Beyoncé and James Corden for comment.

Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here