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:
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