Let's face it. Britney Spears hasn't really been like Britney from back in the day for a while, but her video for "Work B****" reminded us just why we fell in love with her. Not only does she offer her trademark seductive eyes throughout the video (cue to 1:46), but Miss Spears is finally dancing. I mean, this is Britney working floor choreography and offering the best she has in years. Plus, if you can't appreciate the blond bombshell surrounded by a pool full of sharks, then I really don't know what to say to you. Fail, MTV, fail.
Music videos don't necessarily have to be flashy like Spears' clip to deserve recognition. A Great Big World's collaboration with Christina Aguilera was a simple yet effective clip. In the video, the music duo take center stage at a piano as an elegant-looking Aguilera stands besides them. Scenes of heartbreak flash between takes of their performance and the ambience of the video gets emotional. There's a distressed couple in bed, parents fighting in front of their kid and an elderly man saying goodbye to his wife. Where are the tissues? Oh yeah, they're probably with the nominations: nonexistent.
One Direction get a lot of hype for their brand, but the success of their song "Story of My Life" was actually worth it. For the four minutes and six seconds of the track, the fivesome drop their antics for a folk-inspired song that still doesn't burst their pop formula. To match the mature-sounding tune, 1D teamed up with frequent collaborator Ben Winston for a video that depicts the band developing photos, which eventually turn into scenes with their family members. It's a visual that shows the world that there's more to these guys beyond their teeny-bopper image.
Shakira has played many music video roles, but for her collaboration with Rihanna, the songstress did something different, for her at least. In an empty mansion, Shakira assumes the role of a vixen who apparently likes vixens. She prances and dances around the venue and eventually finds herself in bed with Rihanna. "Can't Remember to Forget You" ends with the singers in a naked embrace. Again, we are talking about Shakira and Rihanna in a naked embrace. Need I say more?
Before you say anything, hear me out. Whether you loved the Chainsmokers' "#Selfie" phenomenon or not, you can't deny its impact on our already vain culture. For the video, the EDM masterminds chose to cast two clubgoers and detail their trip a club bathroom. Among the topics up for discussion in the song include a rant about whether or not the girl's booty call Jason is into her, how annoying it is to hear "Summertime Sadness" in the spring and which filter she should choose on Instagram. Groundbreaking? No. Annoying? Slightly. Entertaining? Most definitely.
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