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Alessia Cara in 2015

Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara has won 17 awards out of 73 nominations. Cara signed a record deal with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in 2014, and released her debut single "Here" the following year, which earned her six nominations at the 2016 iHeartRadio MMVAs and a nomination for Single of the Year at the Juno Awards. In 2017, she released "Stay" alongside Russian-German producer Zedd, which won for Best Dance Video at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, and received a nomination for Top Dance/Electronic Song at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, "1-800-273-8255" received nominations for Song of the Year and Best Music Video, "Stay" was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Cara won for Best New Artist. (Full list...)

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Bee-eaters

The bee-eaters are a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae, containing three genera and twenty-seven species. Most species are found in Africa and Asia, with a few in southern Europe, Australia and New Guinea. They are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies and usually elongated central tail feathers. All have long down-turned bills and medium to long wings, which may be pointed or round. Male and female plumages are usually similar. As their name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat flying insects, especially bees and wasps, which are caught in the air by flights from an open perch. The stinger is removed by repeatedly hitting and rubbing the insect on a hard surface. During this process, pressure is applied to the insect, thereby extracting most of the venom.

This composite, taken in 2016, shows six bee-eaters of the genus Merops found in Africa. Clockwise from top left, the species depicted are the blue-cheeked bee-eater (M. persicus chrysocercus), the cinnamon-chested bee-eater (M. oreobates), the little bee-eater (M. pusillus pusillus), the white-throated bee-eater (M. albicollis), the swallow-tailed bee-eater (M. hirundineus chrysolaimus) and the European bee-eater (M. apiaster).

Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp

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