I wanted to save the best for last because I think that ‘Bad Romance’ deserves to win all the awards it is up for tonight. ‘Bad Romance’ was the first single off of Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame Monster’. The video was released last November, which was still hot off of her legendary VMA performance. Many people saw how crazy Lady Gaga is during her ‘Paparazzi’ performance, so there was speculation to how she could channel that in music video form successfully. The video proved that Lady Gaga is an artistic genius. There is no denying the fact that she is off-color, but ‘Bad Romance’ was the perfect music video in every sense.
Unlike ‘Telephone’ Lady Gaga decided to reflect the song in the video. I thought it was creative to focus the video on the black market, consider that the song is talking about a toxic love relationship. Gaga is always fearless and she took a very risky topic and created a work of art from it. Considering what the black market entails I thought that the video could have been much worse than it was. Not saying that it is pure as snow, but looking at the things Gaga has done it could have been a lot more sexual.
I also liked that she incorporated the title of her EP in the video. She looks like a monster in many of the shots, especially when her spine is sticking out of her back in the cage. Even her body movements and the dancing reflects the theme of monsters. Gaga herself ends up being a monster at the end of the video, killing the man who purchased her. She ends the video lying on a scorched bed, covered in ashes next to the skeleton of the man she killed. All of this for a pop song.
The video focuses a lot on her dancing, which her previous videos have not. With the lighting, scenery, and theme, Gaga removes herself from the mold of a female pop star to a rising legend. Even though she is dancing for the majority of her video, it is still unlike anything that has come out in recent years. Gaga failed with ‘Telephone’ because she tried to hard to be artistic and different. ‘Bad Romance’ appeared to come naturally for her. The video is still epic even though there is no dialogue, and it still portrays a story.
There is not one moment of the video that she loses her audience. Gaga is a natural performer, and her on screen antics have the ability to break the wall that exists between herself and her audience. ‘Bad Romance’ set a new standard for current pop music videos. It may have not had hype leading up to it’s premiere, but after its debut fans and critics went crazy. She was able to achieve the unexpected, and impress everyone who watched it.
Lady Gaga had a good year at the VMA’s last year and with 13 nominations she is obviously a new favorite. With ‘Bad Romance’ being perfect in every way I will be stunned if she walks away with no awards. I am not saying that the video is groundbreaking, but I do believe that it stand out among the other videos from this year. She deserves to be tonight’s big winner.
What do you think? Did you like ‘Bad Romance’ also?