Divas Being Leaders and Blowing Things Up in the Desert: A Music Video Treasury


Are you a badass lady with either an impressive vocal range, enviable rap flow, or some flashy couture you’ve been dying to wear under the oppressive heat of a thousand suns? Does your song have a sick beat? Do you want to prove your absolute, unassailable diva-hood by leading troops of loyal followers through the desert, then standing alone in a wide shot, sand and chaos swirling about you, while you remain calm as ever in the eye of the storm? Alternately, do you like music festivals and fluorescent colors?

Badass diva lady, you are not alone. In fact, if you are considering this concept for your music video, inspired either by the post-apocalyptic wastelands ubiquitous in the current cinema or just by Coachella, you’re actually in some pretty impressive company. This list includes, but is not limited to, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and most recently, Azealia Banks. Requirements for the videos are: 50 percent of shots in slow motion, a desaturated color palate (presumably faded by the desert sun), wide landscape pans, and lots of powerful stomping.

Read on to see all of the divas who have embodied the role of Fearless Desert Warrior in recent years, all under the pretense of originality (which, to be fair, we might have believed if each video existed in a vacuum). Your move, Ariana Grande.