VH1 staff writers are thankful for many things this Thanksgiving. We’ve gushed over Pharrell Williams’ new music videos for G I R L, danced to Mark Ronson’s funky fresh beats and shed a tear to Jessie J’s incredible voice. But we’re mostly thankful for Nick Jonas’ abs. As we look back on this amazing year in music, check out what we’re each thankful for.
I’m thankful for the new and beautiful Nick Jonas. First he grabbed his crotch and let us relive the days of Mark Wahlberg’s iconic Calvin Klein shoot. The f-word never sounded so sexy until he dropped the “Jealous” remix featuring Tinashe. Then, he had an interview with Ebro on Hot 97 and hinted that he was getting down in between the sheets with his girlfriend Olivia Culpo. Virgin?! Purity ring?? Ha, ha. That little side smirk tells us he knows exactly what he’s doing. In just a short period, Nick Jonas stripped away his clothing and his Disney image while proving he’s got some serious pipes. Aka: making all of our dreams come true.
I’m thankful for Jessie J’s acoustic performance of “Bang Bang” on the Elvis Duran & The Morning Show. I love this song and the other two divas who perform on it, but Jessie J proves she can hold her own in this video. She is a powerhouse.
This fall, Los Angeles’ production wunderkind Flying Lotus blessed fans with a trippy album called You’re Dead! Unlike his previous work, the album distinctly uses instrumental arrangements instead of just hooking us with electronic beats. No complaints either way, but the new LP feels refreshing as the world’s obsession with EDM winds down.
Pharrell Williams released his psychedelic anime inspired “It Girl” music video for the world to fall in love with. The video was produced by artist Takashi Murakami, directed by Mr. and Fantasista Utamaro and animated by NAZ. Viewers immediately feel fully immersed in the video game world of Williams and a bunch of Japanese chicks from the swirling colors to random battle scenes. It’s easy to get sucked into his digital paradise.
A few weeks back, “Uptown Funk” descended from up high like a gift from the Party Gods. One joyous throwback music video and an unforgettable performance on SNL later—the entire world is grooving to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ dance floor filler of the decade. Uptown will definitely funk you up.
[Photo credit: @nickjonas, Getty images, Warp]