Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" video -- which premiered last night (June 16) on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance?" -- stands as an ode to the singer's hometown of New York City. The simple yet moody clip also features E Street Band saxophonist (and featured player on "The Edge of Glory") Clarence Clemons, whose health took a turn for the worse on Sunday (June 12) after suffering a stroke. Watch below.
There are no complicated storylines a la "Judas" or "Bad Romance," and not even a costume change or much choreography (and certainly no swarms of scantily-clad dancers) -- just Gaga and her city. Clad in a black studded Versace ensemble, Gaga emerges from a fire escape, struts down an empty sidewalk and perches on a stoop with her bud Clarence in the clip.
While initial reports suggested prominent director Joseph Kahn would helm the clip, the final version finds Gaga and her Haus of Gaga behind "The Edge of Glory." Kahn, as well as Gaga's choreographer Laurieann Gibson, took to Twitter last night to explain. "I did NOT direct Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" video. Lady Gaga did," Kahn said.
Meanwhile, Gibson gave a bit more backstory to the video's changed direction: "EVERYONE. The video changed because @BoomKack [Gibson] nor @JosephKahn collaborated, meaning any previous plans disappeared." Gibson didn't hide her feelings about "The Edge of Glory" video, tweeting, "That being said, it was nothing extraordinary. I'm disappointed to be honest." What followed her criticism was an onslaught of less-than-friendly tweets from Gaga's Little Monsters, many of whom Gibson fired back at.
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