On Monday, Mariah Carey proved she’s still so much more than just a reality TV prop by dropping “#Beautiful.” Obnoxious hashtaggery aside, the song is a truly lovely, summer-ready delight thanks in no small part to the contributions of the incredible Miguel, whose Essential Kaleidoscope Dream was SPIN’s fifth best album of 2012. The PBR&B great co-wrote, co-produced and, of course, co-sung that breezy chart-climber.
The pair bring that extensive chemistry to the screen in the brand new music video for the song, the premiere of which coincides with tonight’s episode of American Idol. Directed by veteran Joseph Kahn (Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem), the clip finds Mariah and Miguel going for a leather-clad motorcycle ride through the country. The eventually find their way to a chandelier-bedecked barn, where Carey puts on quite a show for her new beau.
Kahn already said it so we don’t have to: “She looks fab.”
Video is very very simple. Not a whole lot of time to shoot it. But I think she looks fab. Airs tonight.
— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) May 9, 2013