Beyonce's "Single Ladies," courtesy of Bob Fosse
What he may have lacked in decorum, Kanye West made up for with honesty when he stormed the stage at the 2009 Video Music Awards and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech (people reading this a decade from now will say “Taylor who?”) to announce “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you. I’ll let you finish, but Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”
When you consider the wide ranging influence of the music video for Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” you can’t deny that in retrospect, Kanye was absolutely correct. I mean, do you even remember what Taylor Swift’s winning video was a few years later? Because I don’t. You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about this in 2011. Recently the Internet dropped some knowledge on me about the “Single Ladies” music video, specifically the now-iconic dance which has been imitated all over YouTube (including this upload which now has over 20 million views). Apparently, it was inspired (and largely copied) from a Bob Fosse choreographed dance that was aired on an old episode of “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Watch above and see for yourself! That dance really is timeless!