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Watch Beyoncé and Gary Clark Jr. Pay Tribute to Stevie Wonder

The duo belted out “Higher Ground” during a special concert honoring the soul icon

The songs may have been written by Stevie Wonder, but the moment belonged to Beyoncé as she performed an impressive melody from the funk legend’s songbook along with Gary Clark Jr. during a tribute concert that aired on Monday.

The performance was part of CBS special taped last week that featured renditions of several Wonder classics by Lady Gaga, Pharrell, Janelle Monáe and John Legend. Wonder, 64, is set to kickoff the next leg of his “Songs in the Key of Life” tour in March.

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See the Most Inspiring Celebrity Couples of All Time

From Jay Z and Beyoncé back to Liz and Dick, these pairings have captured the public imagination

The hashtag “#relationshipgoals,” usually appended to a picture of an enviable (and enviably famous) couple, has become an inescapable part of social media just in time for Valentine’s Day: Every high-profile relationship, it seems, has someone who looks at it as a model.

And yet some relationships are more #relationshipgoals than others. Hollywood, known for producing news about acrimonious breakups, has also given us several pairings that live on, for various reasons, in the popular imagination. These couples are as enduring, if not more so, than the films or songs they produced — and they give us all something to which to aspire.

  • Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy

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    The pair never married — indeed, Tracy, who did not want to divorce, was estranged from his wife throughout his relationship with Hepburn, a fact that kept the relationship from being remarked-upon. But the pair have entered the realm of Hollywood lore both with their enduring collaborations onscreen and the nature of the pair’s bond, with Hepburn reportedly having nursed Tracy in the final months of his life.

  • Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman

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    Newman was one of the biggest stars on earth at his peak, and bucked the playboy image of a Hollywood icon by remaining not merely loyal to his Oscar-winning wife but vocal about it. His line “Why go out for a hamburger when you have steak at home?” has entered the lexicon.

  • Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks

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    The pair of actors have become symbols of a particular kind of sedate, adult stardom; Hanks and Wilson are publicly supportive of one another’s endeavors, which include for him higher-profile leading roles than ever and for her a nascent recording career.

  • Meryl Streep and Don Gummer

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    This couple, despite her megastardom, live out of the spotlight, having raised four children together. Streep has been vocal about the sense of loss she felt after the death of boyfriend John Cazale, but by all appearances has quietly rebuilt her life in the subsequent decades with Gummer. In her most recent Oscar speech, in 2012, Streep opened her speech with a tribute to Gummer, so that the orchestra would not drown her out: “I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me.”

  • Beyoncé and Jay Z

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    The pair are openly supportive of one another’s endeavors, including a joint tour last year and reported joint album coming soon. Whatever happens with that record, there’s a long history of the pair publicly declaring both affection and awe for one another; Beyoncé’s self-titled album, in particular, is a full-length tribute to the power of monogamous love.

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This Beck/Beyoncé Mashup Is What Really Should Have Won a Grammy

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It was inevitable

One of the biggest upsets at this year’s Grammy Awards was when Beck’s Morning Phase beat out Beyoncé’s self-titled tour de force for Album of the Year. Kanye West was so shocked by the upset that he almost pulled another “Imma let you finish” Taylor Swift moment, going so far as to wander onstage before thinking better of it.

While the Internet continues to debate whether Beck or Beyoncé deserved the award, one clever sound engineer has taken the matter into his or her own hands. Working under the moniker “Beckyoncé,” the song blends Beck’s “Loser” with Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” into an Internet-worthy earworm.

Wonder if Kanye has heard this yet.

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Watch Beyoncé Explain the Hidden Meaning of Her Grammys Performance

A behind-the-scenes look at "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"

Beyoncé’s performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards wasn’t just one of the evening’s most captivating sets, it also was one of the most political.

Though it can be hard to focus on anything but Beyoncé when she’s taking the stage, the multiple Grammy winner — who took home another gong last night for Best R&B performance — explained her choice of onstage companions in a new behind-the-scenes video.

Following last year’s outrage over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Beyoncé hand-picked a group of black men to join her for the gospel song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” (featured in the movie Selma) “to show the strength and vulnerability in black men,” she says.

While the diva explains her personal connection to the song and the Civil Rights movement — her grandparents marched with Martin Luther King Jr.— she mostly lets the men featured in the clip do the talking. “I feel like being part of this is showing black men in a positive light and showing that we are members of this society and we have value,” one says. “Our lives have meaning.”

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Kanye West’s Escapades Stole the Show at the Grammys

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Robyn Beck—AFP/Getty Images Winner for Album Of The Year Beck (background) reacts as Kanye West leaves the stage at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 8, 2015.

The rapper pretended to interrupt Beck and told off Ryan Seacrest

Last night could have been a great night for Kanye West. The rapper, who hadn’t performed at the Grammy Awards in six years, was scheduled to be in the spotlight twice over the course of the show, with performances of his new songs “Only One” and “FourFiveSeconds.” The latter is a rising hit performed with Paul McCartney and Rihanna, while the former, a ballad about his experience of fatherhood, instructs the listener: “You’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes.”

West, though, made his own spotlight several more times over the course of the evening. Most notably, during the presentation of the Album of the Year trophy, West went up to the microphone as though to interrupt winner Beck. The rapper’s reputation has never fully recovered from the 2009 incident in which he interrupted Taylor Swift at the Video Music Awards; Swift, like Beck, had beaten West’s friend Beyoncé. This seemed a bit more like a play on West’s reputation than a moment of genuine anger — West cracked a small smile as he walked up to Beck’s microphone, then wordlessly returned to his seat — but the rapper made it clear at other moments he was unhappy with the pageantry of the awards show.

West, for instance, openly mocked red-carpet host Ryan Seacrest in the pre-show, remarking after Seacrest expressed astonishment at West’s multiple interests that “it’s also just called thinking.” And in a post-show interview, West said he was angry about Beyoncé’s loss, noting: “Beck needs to respect artistry. He should have given his award to Beyoncé.”

It’s worth noting, perhaps, that West was nominated for two Grammys last night, and lost them both. But West’s remarks were about more than any one category; they exist within a long context of his speaking out at and about awards shows. West announced in 2005, in the early stages of his career: “If I don’t win Album of the Year, I’m really gonna have a problem with that.” He has still never won in that category, nor has he — as he pointed out in a speech after his acclaimed album Yeezus missed out on top nominations — won in a category against a white artist. (That pattern continued last night; one of West’s two losses was to Eminem.)

West’s apparent faith in the power and meaning of awards ceremonies is beautiful. He seems to cares about the approval of the Grammys, for himself and for other artists he respects, more than anyone else in the Staples Center. (Most of the speeches we saw were fairly tossed-off; Beyoncé herself, winning an award for “Drunk in Love,” seemed less than blown away.) Because the Grammys tend to honor rock instead of rap or R&B in their most important categories, West has had many opportunities over time to see his belief in the integrity of awards shows run up against the reality that not everyone agrees with him, or that the Grammys are set up to honor fairly safe music rather than the spiky, more innovative Beyoncé or Yeezus.

If he or his friends are not going to win the top awards, at least West can win the evening. West, who was nominated for two awards in second-tier categories, is the most talked-about star of the ceremony; no one, least of all the good-humored Beck, is actually upset with him. Even Swift, whose own awards-ceremony moment was interrupted by West six years ago, posed for pictures with West in the audience. It was proof positive that West’s protesting the Grammys are, by now, as much a part of the awards ceremony as the awards themselves.

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Grammys 2015 Recap: An Endless Concert Where They Also Handed Out a Few Awards

Sam Smith ruled, Prince wore orange pajamas, and Kanye (just barely) behaved

This year’s Grammy Awards were all about the performances, of which there were many times more (23) than there were actual awards given out during the three-and-a-half hour show. It was also all about performers young and old attempting — sometimes successfully and sometimes not — to bridge the generational divide in music. And it was not, thankfully, all about that bass. That bass is finally over.

Sam Smith was the evening’s big winner, returning to the stage every hour, on the hour, to collect each of his four awards. Beck was the surprise of the night, winning not only Best Rock Album but also Album of the Year, for which he beat out Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Pharrell.

But the awards felt like an afterthought — punctuation marks between performances meant to chase higher ratings than the act of doling out golden gramophones is capable of generating. And those performances were a little heavy on the ballads and a little low on the showmanship, with the night saved from interminable boredom by a handful of worthy showstoppers.

If you didn’t have the stamina for the musical marathon that was Sunday night’s ceremony, here are the highlights (and lowlights) of the evening:

Most Liberating Red-Carpet Moment: Before LL Cool J took the stage for his fourth perfectly fine but altogether unremarkable turn as host, Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic ruled the red carpet with their barrage of “Who are you wearings” and unsolicited body commentary. Rancic’s updo was bothering her, so she liberated her hair from its prison and announced her victory over the tyranny of bobby pins for all who were watching.

Failed Foray Into Psychology: During Seacrest’s red-carpet interview with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, West said he got bored easily and worked hard to constantly innovate with his music. Seacrest wondered aloud whether West’s ADD (which was diagnosed only by Seacrest himself) was an asset to his creative process. West had another word for it: “It’s also called, ah, thinking.”

The Time Traveling Begins: The night started off with a throwback to old-school rock with two songs by AC/DC, who have had a bit of a rough year (guitarist Malcolm Young retired due to an illness and drummer Phil Rudd had some major scuffles with the law). The audience donned red devil horns for “Highway to Hell” and Herbie Hancock was grooving, but it was a surprisingly dated choice for a night dedicated to music made in 2014.

Kindest Words of Consolation: Presenter Taylor Swift — or as LL Cool J dubbed her, “T Swizzle” — offered pre-emptive words of consolation to the Best New Artist nominees who wouldn’t take home the prize. “As a former loser of Best New Artist in 2008, if you do not win this award, it’s gonna be fine,” she said. “Just, like, shake it off.” Sam Smith, unsurprisingly, won the award, and in the first of his many speeches of the night thanked his parents. “Mom and Dad, I won a Grammy!”

The Night of the Ballads Begins: Anna Kendrick, who forgot to wear a shirt under her tuxedo but rocked it nonetheless, introduced ponytail princess Ariana Grande, who sang the slow and soulful “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart.” There were a lot of smoke machines and violins. It was a little on the sleepy side for so early in the evening, but Grande tried to keep us all awake with her serious pipes.

CBS Accidentally Endorses NBC’s The Voice, Repeatedly: First the Grammys paired Jessie J and a disconcertingly orange Tom Jones, co-judges on The Voice U.K., for a duet on the Righteous Brothers’ 1965 hit “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” Chrissy Teigen and John Legend also rocked out, demonstrating no loss of loving feelings between them. Later, The Voice coaches Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani teamed up for the Maroon 5 track “My Heart Is Open.” To boot, they were introduced by American Idol fixture Ryan Seacrest.

Best Pop Solo Performance: The most notable part of Pharrell’s win for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Happy” was the futuristic bodysuit worn by his wife Helen Lasichanh. Taylor Swift, who lost to Pharrell in this category, demonstrated her first of many enthusiastic “I’m-genuinely-happy-to-have-lost-to-you” expressions of the night.

A Little Country to Wake Things Up: Miranda Lambert gave the first performance of the night in which a performer seemed to be actually having fun, with a rollicking rendition of “Little Red Wagon.” The guitars were cherry red, the wind machine was on full blast and Lambert even got some lyrics bleeped out. “I love your apron,” she yelled at hubby Blake Shelton (we can only presume), “but I ain’t your mama.”

First PSA of the Night: Sam Smith took home the Grammy for In the Lonely Hour, beating out Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran. In his acceptance speech, he pinned the success of the album on being true to himself. “It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.” Sue him all you want, Tom Petty. Sam Smith prevails.

We Interrupt This Program for a Brief Inspirational Message From LL Cool J: “Dreams don’t have deadlines. Believe in yourself.” Now back to the show.

Biggest Missed Opportunity for a North West Cameo: Kanye West’s stripped-down, auto-tuned performance of “Only One,” a song written from the perspective of his late mother, would only have been improved by a re-enactment of the sweet father-daughter moments captured in the song’s Spike Jonze–directed music video.

Winningest Matador: Madonna channeled some Spanish flair in her debut performance of “Living for Love.” After declaring her intention to start a “revolution of love,” she managed to ward off dozens of male dancers dressed as bulls even though her matador flag was the wrong color. It helped that they were wearing jewel-encrusted face masks with no eye holes.

Best Win for Dad Rock: Beck won Best Rock Album for Morning Phase, and a couple of Patriots made some football puns.

The Surfbort Lives to Surf Another Day: Beyoncé won Best R&B Performance for “Drunk in Love.” She thanked God, her beloved husband, her daughter and her loyal fan base, the BeyHive.

Most Camera-Shy: After a performance by Ed Sheeran, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer and Questlove, Sir Paul McCartney was getting his groove on to “Evil Woman,” the first of two songs performed by Electric Light Orchestra front man Jeff Lynne. After the camera had been hovering over him for about five seconds, he looked straight into the lens like a deer in headlights and cowered slowly into his seat. It’s O.K., Paul, Beyoncé was dancing too.

Reason Not to Press Mute During Hozier’s “Take Me to Church”: Annie Lennox. After basically saying she couldn’t care less about the Grammys during her red-carpet interview (“It’s not really my scene, to be frank”), Lennox joined (and totally outclassed) Hozier in a version of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You.” She was basically like, Hozier, step back, son. Sweet dreams are made of Annie Lennoxes.

Proudest Husband: Blake Shelton was all aglow when wife Miranda Lambert won Best Country Album for Platinum. Sorry Jay, it was a close call.

Unhappiest “Happy” Moment: Pharrell swapped out his Smokey the Bear hat for a bellhop’s uniform and bedazzled sneakers and commenced what appeared to be a piece of performance art but turned out to be “Happy” set to moodier, darker chords. And thank goodness, because as good as it is, we have heard that song about 300 times too many.

Most Powerful PSA: President Obama, Katy Perry and domestic-violence survivor and victim advocate Brooke Axtell teamed up for a message about violence against women. In a pre-recorded video, Obama beseeched musical artists to use their positions of influence to speak out against rape and domestic violence. Axtell spoke live about her personal experience of abuse, speaking directly to victims: “Authentic love does not devalue another human being. Authentic love does not silence, shame or abuse.” Perry then took the stage to perform “By the Grace of God,” sounding as good as she’s ever sounded live. It was a complete 180 from last Sunday’s shark-tastic Super Bowl performance. There were more than a few tears in the audience, and she earned them.

Cheekiest Performance: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, who won Best Traditional Pop Album, danced “Cheek to Cheek” during their performance of the classic song. The pair talked on the red carpet about bonding over their shared Italian-American heritage (Bennett née Benedetto, Gaga née Germanotta). It was a good reminder that if you look beyond the beef dresses and egg-hatching stunts, the girl can sing.

Best Surprise Stevie Wonder Unveiling: Usher handily performed Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic,” a cappella but for a harpist. And then, poof! Stevie Wonder standing in the shadows emerged to lend his harmonica to the tune.

And Now, a Country Interlude: Eric Church, whose reference to a pizza chain was not the only one of the night, was followed by newcomer Brandy Clark, who delivered a solid ballad despite the evening’s desperate need for a pick-me-up. The pick-me-up came, immediately afterward, in the form of Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West’s “FourFiveSeconds,” one of the best performances of the night, and not out of place among the country revue.

Cutest Matching Suits: The “FourFiveSeconds” trio also takes home an unofficial award for cutest coordinated menswear, though LL Cool J and Ryan Seacrest gave them a run for their money with matching midnight blue tuxedos.

The Song That Never. Gets. Old. Sam Smith’s multiple-award-winning “Stay With Me” has shown the kind of staying power that songs like “All About That Bass” lose after a couple of weeks. And when you throw Mary J. Blige into the mix, it only gets better. The two have sung the song together before, and their voices are perfectly suited to each other.

The Latin Grammys No Longer Have to Be a Totally Separate Event: Jane the Virgin star and Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez introduced Juanes for a performance of “Juntos,” allowing the Latin Grammys a brief moment on the Grammys’ central stage.

Presenter Who Elicited the Most Screams from the Audience: Prince, naturally, wearing iridescent orange pajamas. He reminded the audience that “albums still matter, like books and black lives.” An uneven comparison, but the sentiment was there.

The Winner Kanye Almost Didn’t Let Finish: When Beck beat out Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Pharrell for Album of the Year, Kanye jumped out of his chair and approached the stage, presumably to pull an “Imma Let You Finish, But” on Beck like he did on Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Beck was totally game for a brawl, but Kanye had learned from his mistakes. Any stunt that gets the President to call you a “jackass” is one you shan’t repeat again.

Biggest Head-Scratcher of the Night: Shia LaBeouf introduced fellow paper-bag aficionado Sia by reciting a poem that made basically no sense. He’s an artist, though, so you probably just didn’t get it.

Best Wiig in a Wig: Sia’s continued refusal to show her face during a performance was made less annoying by the stellar cameo in her performance of “Chandelier.” Kristen Wiig sported a wig and nude unitard, joining tween dancer Maddie Ziegler to perform the interpretive dance from the song’s video. Wiig joins a long list of celebrities who have performed (or parodied) the dance, including Lena Dunham, Jim Carrey and Kate McKinnon. Wiig’s performance was simultaneously impressive and comical, and Ziegler was stunning as always.

Stop Rubbing It In, Sam: Upon winning Song of the Year for “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith gushed, “I’m having a really, really good night.” Yes we know, Sam. Although the song deserved to win, it was also a relief to see anything but “All About That Bass” take home the award.

Most Unimaginative “Grammy Moment”: Beck deserved a more interesting duet partner than Chris Martin. Sure, it was another ballad on a night of too many ballads. Sure, their voices worked kind of well together. And sure, Grammy Moments (™) are overwrought. But all that being said, this would have been a more exciting duet had they paired Beck with someone whose style differed more from his own. Might we retroactively suggest Kanye West?

Best Audition for Stevie Wonder Biopic: Jamie Foxx, while presenting Record of the Year with Mr. Wonder himself, did a little impression of Stevie. Step aside, Foxx, you’ve had your biopic glory.

Sweet, Sweet Revenge: Upon winning Record of the Year for “Stay With Me,” his fourth Grammy of the night, Sam Smith thanked the love who didn’t love him back: “I want to thank the man whom this record is about, the man I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much, ‘cause you got me four Grammys.” No, Sam Smith, you got you four Grammys.

Taking Care of Business: The RIAA guy gave a speech, as always, shaming you for streaming music without dishing out to the hardworking artists. The “In Memoriam” reel honored those who died in the past year, from Joe Cocker to Pete Seeger to Maya Angelou. And a slew of Lifetime Achievement Awards were announced, including the Bee Gees, George Harrison and Buddy Guy.

The Finish With a Bang: At least a night that mostly dragged finished strong. Introduced by Gwyneth Paltrow, who was not quite the right fit to present a segment on civil rights, Beyoncé channeled Aretha Franklin in her rendition of “Precious Lord.” Backed by a dozen men in white suits and dressed like a goddess with gossamer wings, she delivered the gospel tune in a way that made more than a few viewers hope that this is what heaven sounds like. Bey then introduced John Legend and Common, who sang the Selma hit “Glory” with footage from the movie rolling above the stage. The Academy wants to completely snub Selma at the Oscars? At least it got the last word at the Grammys.

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Watch Beyoncé Perform a Stunning Gospel Song at the 2015 Grammys

The "Drunk in Love" singer helped close the show, before John Legend and Common performed "Glory"

She didn’t win Album of the Year, but Beyoncé still got the last word at the 2015 Grammy Awards (almost). Before John Legend and Common closed the show with “Glory,” from the movie Selma, Bey performed the gospel song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” (also featured in the movie, but sung instead by Ledisi) in an angelic ensemble not unlike the outfits at her sister’s recent wedding.

The singer, who won a Grammy earlier that night for “Drunk in Love,” has a personal connection the song: as Gwyneth Paltrow explained in her introduction to the set, Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, used to sing it to her as a child.

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Kanye West Almost Crashed the Stage Again at the Grammy Awards

Plus, watch Beyoncé and Jay Z react to the stunt

Kanye West is having flashbacks to 2009 — the year he barely let Taylor Swift finish her speech when she beat out Beyoncé for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. So at the 2015 Grammy Awards, when Beck’s Morning Phase surprisingly won Album of the Year over Beyoncé and others, West stormed the stage once again, as captured in the Vine above.

Beyoncé and Jay Z’s reactions to the stunt were priceless:

Let’s give West the benefit of the doubt and assume it was a tongue-in-cheek nod to the bad behavior he’s since sworn off, not genuine outrage. Either way, he fortunately thought better of it before reaching the mic. Somewhere, Taylor Swift’s heart is only just starting to beat at a regular pace.

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Here Are 7 Amazing Things Music Stars Ask for in Their Dressing Rooms

No bananas. No carnations. And definitely no American beer

Pop stars get whatever they want, as we learned from Jack White’s recently leaked performance contract with the University of Oklahoma. According to the document, White and his entourage “don’t want to see bananas anywhere in the building.” White and friends also provide an exact recipe for how to make the guacamole they like.

But before you go off on Jack White, here are some of the other incredibly detailed backstage demands of your favorite stars as reported by the editors of The Smoking Gun web site:

1. Beyonce hates old coffee pots: Her hospitality rider stipulates that she must have a “new” coffee pot in her dressing room. She also requires white tablecloths and rose-scented candles.

2. Kanye loves to take care of his skin: According to his 2007 contract, he requires two tubes of Carmex lip balm, Nivea “Intensive” lotion, and L’Occitaine Soap. He also requests toothpicks and hot sauce be provided.

3. Justin Bieber likes options: There are a lot of different size requests for Justin Bieber’s clothing in his 2010 hospitality and travel rider. In every dressing room, he requires one package of size XS men’s white lo-rise tube socks and two packages of the same socks in size L. He also requires two packages of mens white crew neck T-shirts, one in size XS, and one in size L.

4. Katy Perry hates carnations: In the rider for her 2011 World Tour, Perry requires a fresh flower arrangement of “white and purple hydrangeas, pink and white roses and peonies… ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS. She also requests blue corn tortilla chips, two different brands of pretzels, and dry roasted edamame.

5. Adele doesn’t like American alcohol: She specifically requests red wine (Italian, French, Spanish or Australian) and beer (Becks, Stella Artois, Peroni) and the rider for her 2011 American tour stipulates that “North American beer is NOT acceptable.”

6. Lady Gaga is really into food and tea: In Gaga’s 2010 rider, it says that in bright red all-caps that “the tea kettle, organic ginger and lemongrass tea and throat coat honey are very important.” Gaga also specifies that she needs an assortment of fresh fruit, but it has to have edible skin, edible seeds or be citrus. She also requires that all bars stop serving ice 30 minutes before her performance (it’s part of a security concern, so people don’t throw their drinks at her.)

7. Taylor Swift eats like a kid: Or at least she did in 2008, when she was 19. Swift’s 2008 hospitality rider requests Kraft Mac & Cheese, Twizzlers, two different kinds of Ben & Jerry’s, and Welch’s Grape Juice.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2015 Grammys

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A primer for the 57th annual ceremony

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If you haven’t been paying attention to music this year but still want to watch the Grammys, airing Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS, don’t worry — you’re more prepared than you think. You’d have to be a real hermit to have survived 2014 without hearing Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” blast from a passing car, or Sam Smith’s cherubic falsetto finding your ears in a shopping mall. You might not know what the “bass” is, but you know some girl named Meghan is all about it. You might avoid Taylor Swift whenever possible, but you know the phrase “haters gonna hate” will never land the same. You might not know who this Sia lady is — in fact, she prefers it that way — but your Facebook feed probably hasn’t seen the last of Maddie Ziegler’s mesmerizing moves.

The Grammys call themselves music’s biggest night, if only because the hits being honored are so massive that you couldn’t avoid them if you tried. If that doesn’t inspire confidence in your music knowledge, here’s a guide that will bring you up to speed:

Who that, that do that? Rapper LL Cool J is returning for hosting duties for the fourth year in a row.

Will Missy Elliott make a surprise appearance? Probably not, unfortunately, but you can relive her show-stealing Super Bowl moment here.

Who are the nominees? You can find the full list here, but the artists with the most nods this year are reigning diva Beyoncé, “Happy” hitmaker Pharrell Williams and soulful newcomer Sam Smith, who all had six nominations. That makes Beyoncé the most-nominated woman in the Grammys’ history, with 53 total. Behind them, the following artists all received four nominations: Beck, Drake, Eric Church, Gordon Goodwin, Iggy Azalea, Jack White, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Tom Coyne, Usher.

Who’s performing? Nominees such as song-of-the-summer queen Ariana Grande, the spotlight-averse songwriter Sia and Super Bowl entertainer Katy Perry are set to hit the stage, but the show will also include lots of firsts: Madonna will perform her new single “Living for Love” for the first time; and Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney will also debut “FourFiveSeconds.” As for other group performances, Beyoncé will join Common and John Legend for the Selma song “Glory,” while Mary J. Blige and Sam Smith will team up for what will likely be their one of their The London Sessions cuts.

What are Grammy Moments? That’s when a relatively new artist performs with a more established artist, or when two artists from very different genres unite for a one-of-a-kind collaboration. The concept is enticing, but as TIME’s Daniel D’Addario writes, the execution makes Grammy Moments “the worst thing about the Grammys.” Yes, Tina Turner and Beyoncé rocked the stage together in 2008, but does anyone really want to see Tom Jones team up with… Jessie J?

What’s the difference between Record of the Year and Song of the Year again? Song of the Year honors songwriting, while Record of the Year refers to the actual recording. A worthy Song of the Year is the kind of track that sounds just as good stripped down and played acoustically as it does in an arena with all the bells and whistles. A worthy Record of the Year is about the quality of the production, engineering and performance. You may not want to sing “Fancy” at a campfire singalong, for example, but you can appreciate the trunk-rattling thump of its opening notes or the catchy way Iggy Azalea spells out “I-G-G-Y.” Overlap between the categories isn’t rare — four songs were nominated for both this year — and neither is having the same track win both in the same year.

Are there any laughable Best New Artist nominations? This category has been easy to make fun of in the past — Imogen Heap was once nominated eight years after her debut — but this year’s contenders are indeed all fairly new. Technically, Iggy Azalea did release her first mixtape in 2011, and technically Bastille did drop a self-released EP that year as well, but that’s not what the category is about. “Our Best New Artist category probably has the most complicated set of rules of any of our categories,” the Recording Academy says on its website. “Essentially, a ‘new artist’ is defined for the Grammy process as any performing artist or established performing group who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist or established group as a performer.”

What races should I pay attention to? Best Hip-Hop Album is one to watch, as polarizing Aussie emcee Iggy Azalea received a nod for The New Classic. Last year, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won the award over the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, dealing a major blow to the Academy’s hip-hop credibility. This year, the Grammys can either redeem themselves or turn the category into the show’s biggest joke.

But if Azalea does win, she’ll also become the first solo woman to win that category (Lauryn Hill won it with the Fugees in 1997) on a night that could be historic for many other female artists; similarly, Nicki Minaj may become the first female rapper to win the Best Rap Song award with her ode to big butts, “Anaconda.” If Paramore takes home the award for Best Rock Song, Hayley Williams will be the first female recipient of the award since Alanis Morissette in 1999. And if St. Vincent snags Best Alternative Album, she’ll only be the second woman to have done so ever (the last was Sinead O’Connor in 1991, the first year the award was presented).

Though Beyoncé is up for several awards, 2014 was really of the year of the upstarts, thanks to Sam Smith’s ascension, Ariana Grande’s summer hit streak and Meghan Trainor’s retro takeover. Sunday night might make it official: Smith is nominated in four of the most important categories, and given the success of “Stay With Me,” he’s unlikely to leave the Staples Center without a little bling; Trainor is up for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year; and Grande is up for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with “Bang Bang.” That song, along with Grande’s “Break Free” and “Problem,” also helped Swedish mega-producer Max Martin earn his first non-classical Producer of the Year award, even though he’s been delivering No. 1 singles for the past fifteen years.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the date of the 2015 Grammys award show. It’s on Feb. 8.

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