ot3: empire state of mind

Empire State Of Mind
  • Empire State Of Mind
  • Jay Z feat Alicia Keys
  • Empire State of Mind

One hand in the air for the big city
Street lights, big dreams, all looking pretty
No place in the world that can compared
Put your lighters in the air
Everybody say yeah, yeah yeah

Billboard’s 100 Greatest Award Show Performances of All Time

Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys with “Empire State of Mind” at the MTV Video Music Awards, 2009, ranks at number 55

Beyoncé’s Video Vanguard Medley of her self-titled album, at the Video Music Awards, 2014, ranks at number 46

Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks with “Daddy Lessons” and “Long Time Gone” at the Country Music Awards, 2016, ranks at number 33

Beyoncé’s Love On Top performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, 2011, ranks at number 22

Beyoncé’s Lemonade Medley at the MTV Video Music Awards, 2016, takes the top spot at #1

Truly, Beyonce’s only real competition here was herself from two years earlier. But while her self-titled performance in ‘14 was still essentially a medley, this was nothing less than one-act drama in which Bey was star, playwright and conductor, taking a baseball bat to any performer who dared laze their way through a performance, thinking sheer star power would put them over. It was memorable and meme-able, technically proficient and emotionally enthralling, unpredictable and thoroughly un-followable. It was Beyonce at the VMAs, and it gets no better than that.

The 100 Greatest Award Show Performances of All Time

You can fix this, a voice inside Hux’ mind tried to reason with him. He didn’t want to live before because he didn’t have… anyone. Didn’t have you. But Hux knew that wasn’t true. Whatever had driven Ben to open his wrists still lived within him, maybe quiet now while he was pressed against Hux’ chest, but no less present. He’d already forced himself to reconcile the truth when it came to Ben’s ability to hurt himself; Hux wasn’t so much of a hypocrite that he’d try to deny the same held true for this too.

-empire state of mind by TeamRedHead // @ficlet-machine, @thegoodlannister