Beyonce Single Ladies Put A Ring On It

Beyonce has her music video for Single Ladies nominated for nine awards at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards: for Best Music Video, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Choreography, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction. Single Ladies shows Beyonce performing as her alter ego Sasha Fierce, in asymmetrical leotard and high heels, with two femal look-alike backup dancers (Ebony Williams and Ashley Everett). The dance routine incorporates various styles, including jazz, tap, hip hop, and J-setting. Towards the end of the video, Knowles flashes her $5 million dollar Lorraine Schwartz wedding ring worn with her Schwartz titanium glove.

Beyonce Single Ladies Put a Ring On It music video

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Knowles has acknowledged the inspiration she received from Gwen Verdon’s performance of “Mexican Breakfast” on The Ed Sullivan Show in June 1969. She’d seen it on YouTube and wanted to see if she could attempt it. The Singles Ladies choreography also borrows liberally from Fosse’s “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This” routine from the stage musical and subsequent film Sweet Charity. Verdon played Charity on Broadway, while Shirley MacLaine took the role in the film, shown here.

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The official Beyonce YouTube channel has a high quality version, available in selected countries.


Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) was commissioned by Music World Music/Columbia.

Single Ladies was directed by Jake Nava via Anonymous Content with producer John Winter, editor Jarrett Fijal at Bonch, special effects producer Louis Mackall V, director of photography Jim Fealy, art director Niamh Byrne, choreographers Jaquel Knight and Frank Gatson Jr.

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