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Beyoncé has looked set to sweep every awards show ever since her visual album Lemonade premiered on HBO in April, so many folks at the Creative Arts Emmys last night (September 11) were surprised when the award for Outstanding Variety Special went to another plucky contender instead.

Step forward James Corden, whose own rendition of Lemonade caused quite a stir (though for all the wrong reasons). His Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special not only beat out Beyoncé’s Lemonade, but also Adele Live in New York City, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, and the Kennedy Center Honors in the process.

It was the second Emmy he had won that weekend, having already picked up a gong for Outstanding Interactive Program for The Late Late Show, and, by the look of things, he was as surprised as anyone:

The weekend’s big winner was Game of Thrones, which won nine gongs for its casting, makeup, costumes, editing, and special effects, followed by The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story with three wins, for casting, editing, and sound mixing, and Making a Murderer, which took home the award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, as well as awards for its editing, directing, and writing.

As you might have gathered from the categories, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards focus primarily on technical disciplines within the TV industry, though there are a handful of performance-related awards for guest appearances.

Notably, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made history when they both won the award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category, for their turn co-hosting Saturday Night Live. The award has only ever gone to a single actress before.

Also garlanded was AMC Network’s The Night Manager, for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score), and Sherlock: The Abominable Bride for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.

The whole thing sets the scene for next week’s 68th Annual Emmy Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars or Grammys for primetime TV, which, among others, will see Downton Abbey do battle with House of Cards and Game of Thrones to be named Best Drama Series, and Tom Hiddleston go up against Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba in the Best Actor category.

But even more pressing than that, it’s got us thinking: when’s James going to carpool with Beyoncé?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.