Twitter 17 Tiny Music Details That Are Really Freaking Clever

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In Ariana Grande’s music video for “God Is a Woman,” Madonna was the voice of God.


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We love a good Queen of Pop cameo!

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In Will Smith’s “Miami” music video, an unknown Eva Mendes was driving a car and lip-synching the catchy chorus.


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The two would star together in Hitch seven years later!

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In Missy Elliott’s “Work It,” the lyrics everyone famously misunderstood are simply “I put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it” REVERSED.


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Missy’s mind!!!

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In the “Bootylicious” music video, Destiny’s Child had Stevie Nicks playing guitar in the beginning sequence because they sampled the rock star’s hit “Edge of Seventeen.”


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In Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” video, she had an iconic Cher quote framed on the wall.


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If you look closely, you’ll notice One Direction filmed their “What Makes You Beautiful” video at at the same location Blink-182 used for their “All the Small Things” video.


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Boy bands poking fun at bands making fun of boy bands? We love to see it.

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In Childish Gambino’s moving video for “This Is America,” he referenced a Bible verse to call out police discrimination against African Americans.


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“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.” —Revelation 6:8

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This sparkly, transparent costume Britney Spears wore in her “Toxic” video is a subtle homage to Diana Ross’s Everything Is Everything album cover from 1970.


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At the 2017 Grammy Awards, Adele rocked a lemon brooch in honor of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which was nominated for Album of the Year against 25.


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In Erykah Badu’s video for “Honey,” she gave a shoutout to ex André 3000 by copying OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” stage setup.


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In 1984, Bruce Springsteen pulled up an unknown Courteney Cox onstage to dance with him in his “Dancing In the Dark” music video.


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Go, Monica, go!

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At the 2019 MTA Video Music Awards, Lizzo paid tribute to Prince by having her dancers wear similar outfits to the one he wore in his “Raspberry Beret” video.


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In “I’m Every Woman,” Whitney Houston updated the lyrics and gave a shoutout to Chaka Khan, who originally recorded the hit in 1978.


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In Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” music video, a verrrry young (and shirtless) Channing Tatum was bartending in the background.


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In “Obsessed” by Mariah Carey, she referenced a quote from Mean Girls at the beginning of the song.


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At the Grammy Awards in 1985 AND 2008, Tina Turner performed “What’s Love Got to Do With It” the same way: walking down a flight of stairs.


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And in the legendary anthem “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon, Mick Jagger sang backup vocals in the chorus.


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Listen carefully next time you blast it!

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