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Kesha‘s latest music video is more than just a visual component for her latest single: It’s a reimagination of a love song to make it more inclusive.
On the Universal Love Album, artists like Bob Dylan, St. Vincent, and Ben Gibbard have recorded versions of popular love songs with a nod to the LGBTQ community. Kesha tackled Janis Joplin’s “I Need a Man to Love Me”—changing the pronouns to she/her—and for the video, she married an actual couple.
The video opens with the kind of imagery you’d expect from a Kesha video. The singer shakes her blonde locks in the desert while wearing a jean jacket in a shiny, blue convertible. But it quickly tugs at your heartstrings as you realize that the reason the singer is in the desert is a personal one: She’s headed to Vegas to officiate a wedding for two of her fans.
The song gets interspersed with intimate footage from the couple’s special trip, and the resulting music video is a tearjerker, to say the least.
Queen Kesha reigns on.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.