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Prism Prize Video: Jessie Reyez - Body Count

We will continue to profile the nominated videos for the prestigious award for Best Canadian Music Video, including this one from a fast-rising young R&B star. Slaight Music is Patron Sponsor for the Prism Prize.

Prism Prize Video: Jessie Reyez - Body Count

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 The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video, was awarded two weeks ago to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile the nominated videos, including this one from a fast-rising young R&B star. Slaight Music is Patron Sponsor for the Prism Prize.


Jessie Reyez - “Body Count”

As the video for “Body Count” begins, we see Jessie Reyez being dragged by two men to be burned at the stake. Crowds of people, complete with judgemental stares, begin to gather and watch as the singer burns. As the fire grows, she sings, “We don’t need no one trying to take our freedom / Time won’t let you stay young / So we don’t care what they say / We gonna love who we wanna love.”

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Reyez and Huang created a visual that appropriately highlights the song’s message about dealing with society’s gender inequality and encountering double standards, specifically when it comes to sexual freedom and relationships.

By drawing inspiration from the Salem Witch Trials, Reyez and director Peter Huang zeroed in on a time where women were often persecuted for behaviour that was deemed inappropriate. Even while marching to her sad fate, this persecuted woman is unapologetic and unwaveringly defiant - as she should be.

Directed by Peter Huang

Produced by Mad Ruk Entertainment

 

 

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Jay-Z and Alicia Keys perform onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 13, 2009 in New York City.
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Jay-Z and Alicia Keys perform onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 13, 2009 in New York City.

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Alicia Keys and Jay-Z to Perform ‘Empire State of Mind’ on 2024 Tony Awards

The song always packs a special jolt of excitement when performed in New York City.

It was too perfect an opportunity to pass up: Alicia Keys and Jay-Z will perform “Empire State of Mind” during the 77th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 16. The show is set to air live on both coasts from the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/5:00-8:00 p.m. live PT) on CBS, and to stream on Paramount+ in the U.S.

“Empire State of Mind” is featured in Hell’s Kitchen, the musical based on Keys’ early life and music which is nominated for 13 Tony Awards. That put it in a tie with the play Stereophonic as this year’s most-nominated production.

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