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Beyonce Is Fiercely Confusing in Baffling Video for "Diva"

December 23, 2008 10:35 AM ET

Beyoncé's "Diva" is built on a flawed premise: a diva is actually not a female version of a hustler. Putting that technicality aside, the singer's new video for the bumpy I Am ... Sasha Fierce track is kind of a hot mess: She grabs the black-and-white three-lady choreography that caused such a stir in her "Single Ladies" video, throws in a few life-size Oscar statuettes and even opens by presenting the dictionary definition of "diva." The result: a four-minute art-school film unworthy of her Sasha Fierceness. How long until fans demand a do-over, a la her African-dance-in-a-forest clip for B'Day's "Deja Vu"? Are we nuts and this is a masterpiece?

Beyoncé's comparatively easy to understand "Single Ladies" topped our list of the Best Singles of 2008. Why not enjoy that list right now and hop into the debate over the best albums of the year, too — and check out B's robot-hand in our roundup of the years's wackiest Random Notes:

100 Best Singles of 2008
The Top 50 Albums of 2008
Top 10 Reissues of 2008
2008's Wildest Rock Photos

For news, reviews, features and everything else Beyoncé, hit up her artist page.

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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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