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The Grammy Awards are the ultimate date night. Think about it: If you're a famous couple, the Grammys are like going to prom, but with nicer jewelry, better music, cooler friends and none of those awkward staged photos next to a fake palm tree. Maybe that's why everybody looked like they were having such a blast on Sunday night, particularly power couples like Beyonce and Jay-Z, as well as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. But of course, there can only be one prom king and queen. Which famous pair ruled the Grammys? Here, we count down the night's most notable couples, from least to most worthy of the crown.
No. 8: Rihanna & Chris Brown
Under different circumstances, these two beautiful, talented people would be at the top of the list. Unfortunately, their Grammy date marked the fourth anniversary of Chris Brown beating the crap out of Rihanna, a relationship milestone that we'll never be able to overlook. We're not surprised that these two chose to walk the red carpet separately (even if they got cuddly during the ceremony); there are a lot of awkward questions they're obviously not prepared to answer.
No. 7: Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Married for more than six years now, the Oscar winner and American Idol judge are always there to support one another at awards ceremonies. But despite their respective Hollywood and Nashville cache, they always seem to be on slightly different wavelengths. Watch this GIF of the couple dancing in the audience and feel the awkwardness.
No. 6: Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
We're really happy these two country titans are still together, yet also painfully aware that they could be Taylor Swift's parents. Time to pass the crown.
No. 5: Katy Perry & John Mayer
These two are definitely in love; there was enough hand-holding and whispering between them for an entire high school gym. We're just still not sure that John Mayer, with his skeezy track record, is worthy of the pop goddess. His crooked bow tie, too-tight velvet suit and messed-up hair did little to change our impression. Maybe after a wardrobe makeover and some more apologizing, he'll rise to Katy's level.
No. 4: Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton
Country crooner Miranda Lambert was in the spotlight on Grammy night, performing a heartfelt duet of her song "Over You" with Dierks Bentley. Her husband, The Voice judge Blake Shelton, was happy to stay in the background, but they did cast some loving looks at one another while she was onstage. This is the pair that should succeed Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as country's reigning couple.
No. 3: Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
All eyes were on J.T. as he performed two new singles from his upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience. But where was Jessica? The gorgeous actress held her husband's hand while they were seated, but every time the spotlight landed on Timberlake, he seemed to forget she was there. Next time, at least dedicate a song to her, or blow her a kiss from stage.
No. 2: Lena Dunham & Jack Antonoff
You may not know him by name, but Jack Antonoff is the guitarist for fun., who walked away with two of the night's most coveted awards: song of the year ("We Are Young") and best new artist. Girls creator Lena Dunham, who has had a pretty fulfilling awards season herself, was right beside him the whole time, and he totally thanked her in his speech. These two were definitely the couple you'd want to hang out with at the afterparty.
No. 1: Jay-Z & Beyonce
All hail their royal majesties! Beyonce and Jay-Z barely had to lift a finger at this year's Grammys; she was a presenter, and he hopped onstage with Timberlake for the "Suit & Tie" rap. Still, all eyes was ogling these two as they danced, made eyes at each other and sipped cognac. (Does Jay-Z bring his own glassware to these things?) Jay's defining moment came when he walked onstage to accept his one win (for the collaborative hip-hop track "No Church in the Wild"), silenced the "get off the stage" music, leaned into the mic, dissed The-Dream's accessories ("I'd like to thank the swap meet for his hat"), and then walked off. If that's not a prom king move, then we don't know what is.