On the verge of this Sunday's Aug. The Video of the Year at the VMAs, there's so much that's memorable about this one, including Missy Elliott just owning the camera the whole time. Combining pencil-sketch animation and live-action, director Steve Barron produced a classic. Maim" dir. Hannah Lux Davis, Soko, "Descencuentro" dir.
She falls in love with a black man, who also turns out to be a Christ figure played by Leon Robinson who later became the star of Cool Runnings. It was also his first video and helped launched what is now a wildly successful rap career. Don't show again.
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Fincher did great work in this video too, as Michael was trying to move beyond his image from the "Faith" video. Xavier Dolan, But for high schoolers watching the video on loop, it played out the magical moment of finding out your crush likes you back.
Why They're Video Icons : Before Blackpink and Red Velvet, there was Girls' Generation, who set the standard for impressively-choreographed Korean girl group videos as well as the importance of eye-catching outfits and props. But the truly on-point illustration in the "Hello" video is the wind storm that sweeps through the clip's outdoor setting near the end, an accurate representation of Adele's immediate impact upon her long-awaited return to the music industry.
Under-appreciated at the time, "Closer" earned just one VMA nomination and no wins in Why He's a Video Icon : Whether mugging for the camera with icy aplomb or executing effortless splits while butterflying about the set, Prince's beguiling persona — from the confident androgyny to the ever-morphing fashion — oozed through every frame of his videos in regular rotation on MTV in the '80s and '90s.
While it may be tamer than planned, it still walks a sexually explicit line that only someone as confident as the Houston rapper could.