Overused Music Video Cliches That Will NEVER Die

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Just as fairy tales always have a Prince Charming and a happy ending, music videos tend to follow a stock list of tropes. It may seem pretty standard today, but let’s not forget that concepts seemed so fresh and new back in the day. Britney Spears…Baby One More Time” got millions of teens daydreaming about skipping class to dance in pigtail braids. Blink-182′s “What’s My Age Again” made us want to run around naked in public, and Backstreet BoysI’ll Never Break Your Heart” made it cool to sing about unrequited love in a futuristic hotel.

Now these tropes are old and tired after we’ve seen them in dozens of derivative videos. How many times are we going to see rappers pop bottles in the club? How many R&B singers will feel lonely and angry in an empty hotel room? The answer is: a lot. Let’s examine each overused music video cliche specifically, shall we?

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Beyonce’s Video Vanguard Award: VH1 Predicts How It’ll Go Down At The VMAs

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MTV announced that Beyoncé will not only be performing at this year’s Video Music Awards but she will also be honored with the prestigious Michael Jackson Vangaurd Award. Winners in the past include Justin Timberlake, who performed a mind-blowing medley of hits with a resurrected ‘N SyncBritney Spears, who watched as a bunch of fierce little girls performed the most iconic Britney music video sequences, and of course MJ himself. This year, we are so excited for the all too-deserving Beyoncé to accept her award that we started to predict every single step leading up to Queen Bey’s big moment.

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Distract Yourself From Those Beyoncé and Jay Z Divorce Rumors with Photos of the Couple Mixed with Classic Art

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Another day, another rumor that the House of Carter is dangerously close to falling apart. If all this noise about Beyoncé and Jay Z‘s supposed trouble marriage is getting to you, let’s try to focus on the good stuff: amazing musical collaborations, an adorable baby, and flawless Instagram photos. This may not be real life, but it’s a manicured perfection we’d love to imagine ourselves living in.    Read more…

VH1 Vintage: What Does It Take To Become a Hip Hop Video Vixen?

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As part of I <3 Video Vixens Month here at VH1, we’re celebrating the fabulous women who made music videos so much hotter over the years, and changed our lives for the better. Read more…

Weird Al Wouldn’t Be Worse Than These 5 Super Bowl Halftime Disasters

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Yesterday we were delighted to learn that a drunk man in Seattle created a petition for “Weird Al” Yankovic to play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime show. Apparently we weren’t the only happy ones, because thousands of fans have since added their support, hopefully bringing the “Tacky” singer one step closer to the 50-yard line. We can’t think of a better way to spend game day than watching the beloved accordion god perform his comedy classics. Sure, it’s an unorthodox choice, but he’s gotta be way better than these allegedly stadium-savvy stars who fumbled big time.

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ICYMI: Watch Sia Furler, Grouplove + Ed Sheeran Perform The Ultimate Beyoncé Drunk In Love Cover

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Last week’s SoundClash was a crazy night of mashup musical bliss. Ed Sheeran wooed the crowd with his magical voice, Sia Furler showed off her killer pipes and iconic wig, and Grouplove rocked the stage and released additional exclusive performance footage. But the real treat was their sultry version of Beyoncé‘s monster hit, “Drunk In Love.” We guarantee this will be your favorite mashup of the year.

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May-December Singers: Musical Collaborators With Crazy Huge Age Gaps

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have been making the media rounds promoting Cheek To Cheek, the joint jazz LP they’re dropping in September. While it’s clear the singers come from different eras in popular music, just precisely how big is the age difference between the two stars?

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Gwen, Nicki…Blake Lively? Iggy Azalea’s Top 10 Style-spirations

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Nothing’s new. We know this. All of our favorite artists have inspirations, but the genius is in flipping the style and making it their own! Iggy Azalea, formerly Amethyst Amelia Kelly (seriously, she could’ve used this as her stage name), is the queen of “borrowing” from the luminaries that preceded her. Some are obvious; i.e. her Gwen Stefani influence is massive. Others are a bit more surprising — Traci Lords? Really? But the style-shifting Australian emcee has managed to make each of their signature looks her own.

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