James Corden tribute to Ariana Grande Manchester concert victims
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James Corden's typically lighthearted talk show opened with a heavy, tear-inducing tribute to the people of Manchester following the deadly explosion at Britain's Manchester Arena. 

The attack took place at an Ariana Grande concert, where many of the victims were children. 

The "Late Late Show" host began by rehashing Monday night's tragic events.

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"While taping our show earlier tonight we heard the horrific news coming out of Manchester, in England, that there has been an incident at Ariana Grande’s concert," Corden started. 

He acknowledged that he had "no real information about what’s happening" but he was aware of "the tragic news that there are multiple fatalities and may injuries."

Corden said he was saddened by the thought of the many children who were in attendance at Grande's show.

"It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news, that attacks like this can happen, and especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight,” he noted.

He then turned his attention to the people of Manchester.

"Many of you won’t have ever been to Manchester," Corden, who grew up approximately three hours from the targeted city, continued. "But you will have heard of it. It’s famous all over the world for so many wonderful things … But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there."

"I'm telling you, a more tight-knit people you will be hard pressed to find. Strong, proud, caring people with community at their core."

Corden concluded by expressing his sadness over the senseless tragedy.

James Corden Ariana Grande concert tribute
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"My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester tonight," the host blinked back tears. 

“We’ll all go to bed holding our little ones even tighter this evening.”

Watch Corden's emotional tribute in the full video below.