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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Agnez Mo Reveals The Indonesian Specialty She'll "Always Have" On Her Rider

In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, Indonesian multihyphenate AGNEZ MO gushes over her favorite local delicacy, and admits she can be a bit of a "coffee snob"

GRAMMYs/Mar 7, 2022 - 04:45 pm

For artists who tour the globe most of the year, it's important to have a little taste of home. AGNEZ MO couldn't agree more.

Along with the usual backstage suspects — hot tea, coffee, a sofa — the Indonesian singer, actress and model always wants nasi padang before a show. The traditional Indonesian dish consists of rice ("nasi" translates to rice) as well as several cooked dishes to eat with it, including grilled chicken, vegetables and curry.

"I can't believe that I feel so passionate about nasi padang," AGNEZ MO says. "I grew up eating that, and I think I'm always gonna have that on my rider."

In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, AGNEZ MO also deems herself a "coffee snob," breaking down her rather complex go-to order. "When you taste that right amount of caramel or vanilla sauce, you can't go back to regular coffee," she quips with a shrug.

Watch AGNEZ MO detail her "nine or 10-page" rider above, and check back to for more episodes of Herbal Teas & White Sofas.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Kendrick Lamar Honors Hip-Hop's Greats While Accepting Best Rap Album GRAMMY For 'To Pimp a Butterfly' In 2016

Upon winning the GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for 'To Pimp a Butterfly,' Kendrick Lamar thanked those that helped him get to the stage, and the artists that blazed the trail for him.

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A GRAMMY veteran these days, Kendrick Lamar has won 17 GRAMMYs and has received 47 GRAMMY nominations overall. A sizable chunk of his trophies came from the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards in 2016, when he walked away with five — including his first-ever win in the Best Rap Album category.

This installment of GRAMMY Rewind turns back the clock to 2016, revisiting Lamar's acceptance speech upon winning Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly. Though Lamar was alone on stage, he made it clear that he wouldn't be at the top of his game without the help of a broad support system. 

"First off, all glory to God, that's for sure," he said, kicking off a speech that went on to thank his parents, who he described as his "those who gave me the responsibility of knowing, of accepting the good with the bad."

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He also extended his love and gratitude to his fiancée, Whitney Alford, and shouted out his Top Dawg Entertainment labelmates. Lamar specifically praised Top Dawg's CEO, Anthony Tiffith, for finding and developing raw talent that might not otherwise get the chance to pursue their musical dreams.

"We'd never forget that: Taking these kids out of the projects, out of Compton, and putting them right here on this stage, to be the best that they can be," Lamar — a Compton native himself — continued, leading into an impassioned conclusion spotlighting some of the cornerstone rap albums that came before To Pimp a Butterfly.

"Hip-hop. Ice Cube. This is for hip-hop," he said. "This is for Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle. This is for Illmatic, this is for Nas. We will live forever. Believe that."

To Pimp a Butterfly singles "Alright" and "These Walls" earned Lamar three more GRAMMYs that night, the former winning Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and the latter taking Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (the song features Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat). He also won Best Music Video for the remix of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." 

Lamar has since won Best Rap Album two more times, taking home the golden gramophone in 2018 for his blockbuster LP DAMN., and in 2023 for his bold fifth album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.

Watch Lamar's full acceptance speech above, and check back at every Friday for more GRAMMY Rewind episodes. 

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Global Spin: AGNEZ MO Comes "Straight Outta Jakarta" In This Swaggering Performance Of "Get Loose"

The Indonesian artist commands the stage to perform her newest single "Get Loose" with a troupe of mask-clad backing dancers.

GRAMMYs/Sep 28, 2023 - 05:00 pm

AGNEZ MO is ready to "Get Loose" with a special performance of her newest single for Global Spin.

For the number, MO takes over a massive soundstage encircled by spotlights, wearing a sparkling, hooded trench, a crop top, matching parachute pants, and finishing off the look with a pair of dark sunglasses.

"Jing-a-ling-a-ling-a-ling-a-ling/ Stop the record, let the singer sing/ I'm burning up, you know I'm really on fire/ Popping like the grease on lemon pepper wings/ Twerking and I'm somebody daughter/ Comin' straight outta Jakarta/ Ain't my fault dat your baby daddy looking/ He say he wanna be my baby father," she brags in a hushed rap before turning up the volume for the booming chorus.

On the track, the Indonesian artist tapped Ciara for a dynamic guest verse, but this time she handles the entire song with verve, flanked by a troupe of backing dancers wearing rabbit-eared masks and T-shirts emblazoned with her lyric "COMIN STRAIGHT OUTTA JAKARTA" in bold block lettering.

As MO continues to build buzz as a promising talent from Southeast Asia, she also recently dropped the official remix of "Get Loose" featuring the Jamaican queen of dancehall Spice.

Press play on the video above to watch Agnez Mo's solo performance of "Get Loose," and check for more new episodes of Global Spin.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: That Mexican OT Brings Mexico To Every Live Show With This Beverage

Some might prefer water and tea while on tour, but Texas-based rapper That Mexican OT gets all of his energy from a cold bottle of Mexican coke.

GRAMMYs/Sep 11, 2023 - 05:06 pm

If there is one thing That Mexican OT will do while on tour, it's stay hydrated. But not necessarily with water — he prefers an ice-cold glass of Mexican Coca-Cola.

"This bad mama jama right here is a go-to for sure," he says in the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas. "A big part of me loving this is the Mexican heritage, but it also goes down perfectly."

Compared to American Coke, he says the Mexican version has a better taste because it uses natural cane sugar and no high fructose corn syrup.

When That Mexican OT wants something healthier, he opts for cranberry juice. "It's good for your kidneys," he shares. "Those antioxidants will keep you clean and running good, baby."

In his dream world, he would love to have a giant water slide in every green room. "I'm talking about a 20 to 40-footer," he quips with a smile. "Something simple. Easy to hit those dips."

You can catch That Mexican OT live on the Lonestar Luchador Tour through the United States, which ends on Oct. 4 in Oakland, California.

Press play on the video above to learn more about That Mexican OT's two favorite drinks to have while on tour, and check back to for more new episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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It Goes To 11: AGNEZ MO Shares The Golden Piece Of Equipment That Perfects Every Performance

Indonesian singer AGNEZ MO prefers to showcase her powerhouse vocals only with the best mic in the biz — the same brand that's used by the likes of Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake.

GRAMMYs/Aug 21, 2023 - 06:34 pm

When many artists are asked about their favorite piece of equipment, they often think of an instrument. But Indonesian singer AGNEZ MO swiftly thinks of her superpower — her voice — which is why her Sennheiser microphone is her favorite item in her collection.

"I had to compile this folder of all the names I wanted to work with... Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake," MO explains in the latest episode of It Goes to 11. "I study them and literally write down the equipment they use on stage. Justin and Beyoncé use Sennheiser 5200."

One of her favorite parts about her mic is that she customized it to the color of her choice, white. But beyond aesthetics, MO enjoys the mic because of its sound quality.

"It has that warm tone to it. My tone of voice is mid to high frequency, and this definitely warms it up," she says. It also gives the perfect level of reverb, so "whenever I hear myself, it imitates me talking to the audience," she adds.

Through it all, MO simply likes her microphone because it can take ages to find the perfect fit. "It's like finding a boyfriend," MO laughs. "Honestly, this is like my soulmate ... This might not be the right one for you, but it's the right one for me. So, I'm going to hold onto it."

Press play on the video above to learn more about how AGNEZ MO gets the perfect quality voice on stage with her top-of-the-line tech, and check back to for more new episodes of It Goes to 11.

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