Congrats to Jon Batiste, whose "FREEDOM" clip took home Best Music Video — directed by Alan Ferguson and produced by Alex P. Willson — in addition to winning Album Of The Year for We Are at the 2022 Grammys.
A music video that sometimes plays like it's chopped 'n' screwed but mostly plays like one spellbinding and provocatively artful set-up after another one that all seem to revolve around a theme of individuality in a crowd.
Who better than Janelle Monae to take the "visual album" mantle from Beyonce with new release Emption Picture and this first clip for "Make Me Feel," which has a definite Prince vibe in both sound and vision.
Obviously you're gonna notice the hair first, but there's much more going on in this almost neo-classical video — one of two, released on the same day by Solange in support of new album A Seat at the Table.
The obvious move would have been to shoot at the legendary Electric Lady Studios — and the stickier idea would have been to pay homage to the alternate NSFW Electric Ladyland album art — but Janelle Monae does not do the expected.
I can easily imagine the work of avant-garde audio artists Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu someday occupying a deserved place in a museum. For now, we get this minimilast and classy gallery show, brimming with style and verve as two iconoclasts easily mesh.