If you had informed us 10 years in the past that music movies would quickly be out of date, there’s no means we’d have believed you. Yet, right here we’re: It’s 2018, and though most artists nonetheless go for visuals when it’s time to drop an album, the chilly, onerous reality is that they only don’t maintain the identical weight they did again within the day. With the demise of countdown exhibits corresponding to TRL and 106 & Park, in addition to the limitless entry of a principally free Internet, we not wait with bated breath for a music video to go together with our favourite songs.
There’s no actual anticipation or particulars shrouded in thriller; they arrive, we watch, after which they go. But as bleak because the evolution of music movies can typically look, we have now annual celebrations just like the MTV Video Music Awards to remind us that they’re nonetheless right here and fairly rattling enjoyable to observe. And this 12 months, a choose group of fierce girls—corresponding to Ariana Grande and Cardi B—greater than delivered with not solely repeat-worthy tunes, however simply as engaging hair and make-up seems to be to obsess over. So earlier than the 2018 version of the VMAs happen tonight, we’re reminiscing on a slew of iconic music video magnificence seems to be that we’re nonetheless enamored with in any case these years.
Beyonce—The Entire Lemonade Film
Not solely did the reigning queen of music ship a selw of unforgettable seems to be, from the straight-back cornrows in “Don’t Hurt Yourself” to these waist-length waves in “Hold Up,” this whole album turned a pop-culture motion.
The dreaded-up hair. The oil-slicked eyelids. Oh, and who may overlook these ass-less chaps?! This video marked the inventive shift of a bubblegum-pop-singer-turned-badass singer-songwriter.
The singer—who tragically died in 2001—delivered one among her most memorable seems to be thus far on this video. We’re nonetheless obsessed along with her pin-straight hair and intense smokey eye.
Britney Spears—“I’m a Slave 4 U”
Dewy pores and skin objectives and beachy hair objectives had been immediately achieved when Spears launched one among her sexiest (and sweatiest) movies thus far.
Lady Gaga—“Bad Romance”
Considered by many to be her greatest video ever, this futuristic visible gave us a slew of head-turning seems to be. Our private favourite is brief curly hair paired with a set of larger-than-life bug eyes.
Gwen Stefani—“What You Waiting For?”
For her premiere solo video, the No Doubt frontwoman delivered an up to date model of Alice in Wonderland, full with couture-inspired garments and make-up.
Missy Elliott—“She’s a Bi*ch”
Elliot has at all times been forward of her time and to be sincere, it’s onerous to select only one favourite visible. But this 1 consists of her most formidable make-up but and easily can’t be ignored.
Marilyn Monroe could be happy with this homage to her traditional “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” efficiency in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Although the singer has been routinely accused of cultural appropriation inside her music movies (see “Dark Horse” and “This Is How We Do”), this space-inspired jaunt is 1 occasion the place she did standout magnificence the best means.
Jennifer Lopez—“I’m Real (Remix)”
This 12 months’s Video Vanguard recipient is the queen of glam, however one among our favourite music video moments is when she principally outlined easy magnificence in a now-iconic Juicy Couture set.
This listing isn’t full with out Hollywood’s reigning magnificence chameleon. The BDSM-inspired video throughout Rih’s red-hair section is crammed to the brim with head-turning hair and make-up inspo.
Shania Twain—“Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
We’ve obtained 2 phrases for this ’90s traditional: smokey. eye.
The bejeweled, hi-def make-up mixed with gravity-defying hairstyles had us able to board the closest spaceship.
Salt N Pepa—“Push It”
This rap trio is just not solely an vital a part of hip-hop historical past; in addition they embodied ’80s trend and sweetness with their asymmetrical ‘dos and boldly printed fashions.
Cher—“If I Could Turn Back Time”
Who higher to stability a barely there bodysuit with larger-than-life hair than this music, trend and sweetness icon?
Cyndi Lauper—“Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
Long earlier than the wonder business started its love affair with unicorn-inspired make-up, Lauper delivered rainbow vibes within the video for her feminist anthem.
Janet Jackson—“That’s the Way Love Goes”
This pop icon has reinvented her look extra instances than we will depend, however her burgundy curls within the early ’90s had been positively a standout second. (Plus, how may you not love the J.Lo cameo?)
Sinead O’Connor—“Nothing Compares 2 U”
Barely there make-up and a buzz minimize. Natural magnificence at its best … and a very good Prince cowl as well.