Beyonce performs at the UN in her "I Was Here" music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records
If you're familiar with Beyonce's power ballad "I Was Here" from her album 4, you've probably been hotly anticipating the official music video for this song (not to mention its release as a single!) for quite a while. You probably agree that the emotion-packed track is a clear stand-out from the record, and judging from the Live at the Roseland video (for which I personally have racked up a completely bananas playcount), you had an inkling as to how epic the forthcoming music video might be.
Bey lends the moving song to efforts of World Humanitarian Day (today, August 19!), creating a campaign for world change and action around the song. The video features Beyonce performing at the UN in front of a giant IMAX-like backdrop which played images of humanitarian work around the world and celestial perspectives of Earth. And she did it all in an elegant, stark white Marc Bouwer gown teeming with glitter.
The simple steez was not only appropriate but necessary. Too flashy and her look would have distracted from the message, the goal was for the powerful Michael Jackson/"Man in the Mirror"-reminiscent imagery and her gut-wrenching vocal performance to do all the leg work. Too trendy and it wouldn't feel timeless. The long-sleeved column dress, natural makeup, and pretty ponytail were just the right style complement to the entire look and feel of the video. Watch the whole thing for yourself below!
+ WATCH BEYONCE'S 'I WAS HERE' MUSIC VIDEO