Matt Lauer goes behind the scenes with Pharrell, Amy Adams, Katie Couric at TIME 100 gala

During a celebration of TIME Magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world on Tuesday night, Matt Lauer got a behind-the-scenes look at a group of icons from all facets of life. 

The 11th annual TIME 100 issue, featuring Beyonce on the cover, was released on April 24, and profiles major and controversial figures from entertainment to sports to business and politics. Matt sat down with a cross-section of stars included in the issue, from actresses, musicians and even one of his former TODAY co-anchors, to chat about everything from their pet peeves to their views on the world.

He learned that Pharrell Williams can't stand "when people chew with their mouths open" and that Martha Stewart gets exasperated with "people who don't do their jobs." 

Uzo Aduba, better known as Crazy Eyes from "Orange Is the New Black," spoke with Matt Lauer after the Time 100 gala.

Former TODAY co-anchor Katie Couric, who has known Lauer for more than 20 years, also weighed in with her pet peeves. 



"I guess my pet peeves are people who talk really loud on airplanes, honestly. You don't do that, Matt,'' she said before laughing. "I'm trying to think of something clever which I could say about you, but you don't bother me, truth be told. You don't bug me." 

Pharrell Williams talked pet peeves and what he feels is most promising about the world with Matt Lauer after the Time 100 gala on Tuesday night.

Matt also went to the more serious side, asking them what in the world right now they find most promising. 

"My daughter,'' actress Amy Adams said. "I see how easy it is to influence her youth, and that can also be the most scary thing about the world today, too." 


"I think the connectivity that we have right now is our most powerful tool,'' Williams said. "We can get information to people very fast, vital information that would otherwise change outcomes." 

"I think what I find the most promising right now is the position of women, the advancement of women and how women are taking newer roles and positions in this world or being looked at in positions more respectably,'' said actress Uzo Aduba of "Orange is the New Black.'' 

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Matt Lauer sat down with Christy Turlington Burns, Ed Burns, and old friend and former TODAY co-anchor Katie Couric, who are shown here at the TIME 100 gala along with activist Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew (far right).

Some of the world's most influential people are also apparently stuck in their ways. 

"I don't like new things,'' singer Carrie Underwood said. "I like routine. My husband wants me to get a new car. I can't." 

Country singer Carrie Underwood admitted she doesn't really try anything new in talking to Matt Lauer during the Time 100 gala.

"I thought that most of my life I was auditioning, and I tried lots of new things,'' Barbara Walters said. "I'd like to coast a little. I'd like to sleep as long as I wanted to and not have to turn that alarm off."