Pharell, Lorde, Chris Martin, Stevie Wonder, Sam Smith, One Direction, and More in One Epic Music Video

Pharell, Lorde, Chris Martin, Stevie Wonder, Sam Smith, One Direction, and More in One Epic Music Video

 

What happens when you put musical legends with upstarts in one music video? Magic. Magic happens.

That’s what happened in BBC’s newly-released music video of The Beach Boy’s hit God Only Knows. In the almost three minute video, we see Keith Lockhart, Martin James Bartlett, Pharell Williams, Emeli Sande, Elton John, Lorde, Chris Martin, Brian Wilson, Florence Welch, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, Eliza Carthy, Nicola Benedetti, Jools Holland, Brian May, Jake Bugg, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, the Tees Valley Youth Choir, Gareth Malone, Alison Balsom, One Direction, Zane Lowe, Jaz Dhami, Paloma Faith, Chrissie Hynde, Jamie Cullum, Baaba Maal, Danielle de Niese, Dave Grohl, and Sam Smith perform an amazing medley.

Some of the names may be obscure to the regular music fan, so we broke down the names to help you become familiar with them:

 

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Clockwise: Lockhart, Bartlett, Sande, and Pharell 

 

  • Keith Lockhart is the conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, who plays most of the instruments in the music video
  • Martin James Bartlett is a teenage pianist who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year award this year
  • Pharell Williams is the rapper and musician who performed in Happy, Blurred Lines, and Get Lucky
  • Emeli Sande sang at the London 2012 Olympics, and is known for her songs Read All About It and Next to Me

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Clockwise: John, Lorde, Welch, and Martin 

  • Elton John needs no introduction
  • Lorde is the young singer from New Zealand who broke into the scene with Royals
  • Chris Martin is the vocalist of Coldplay, and the husband of Gwyneth Paltrow until they had their “conscious uncoupling”
  • Florence Welch is the siren voice behind Florence and the Machine

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The Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson 

  • Brian Wilson wrote God Only Knows, and deserves to be in this music video. He is also one of the founding members of The Beach Boys

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Clockwise: Kylie, Stevie, Benedetti, and Carthy 

  • Kylie Minogue is Australia’s pop princess. She has too many songs to describe, but she’s one half of Especially For You
  • Stevie Wonder also does not need any introduction
  • Eliza Carthy is a folk singer twice nominated for the Merucry Music Prize
  • Nicola Benedetti is a Scottish violinist and previous winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year

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Clockwise: Holland, May, Laverne, and Bugg 

  • Jools Holland is a pianist and presenter
  • Brian May is the guitarist for Queen
  • Jake Bugg sang Lightning Bolt and Broken
  • Lauren Laverne is a DJ, BBC Glastonbury presenter, and newspaper columnist

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Clockwise: the Tees Valley Youth Choir, Malone, One Direction, and Balsom 

 

  • The Tees Valley Youth Choir is a youth orchestra from North London
  • Gareth Malone is a choirmaster who teaches people to sing
  • Alison Balsom is a trumpet player known for her performances at the Royal Albert Hall and the iTunes Festival
  • One Direction is One Direction

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Clockwise: Lowe, Dhami, Hynde, and Faith 

  • Zane Lowe is a BBC Radio 1 DJ
  • Jaz Dhami is a bhangra music artist
  • Paloma Faith is the singer-songwriter behind Picking Up the Pieces and the cover of Never Tear Us Apart
  • Chrissie Hynde is the lead singer of The Pretenders

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Clockwise: Cullum, Maal, Grohl, and de Niese 

  • Jamie Cullum is a pop jazz musician
  • Baaba Maal is a world-renowned Senegalese singer and guitarist
  • Danielle de Niese is the insanely talented lyric soprano
  • Dave Grohl is the drummer of Nirvana and founder of the Foo Fighters

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Derham and Smith 

  • Katie Derham is a BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts presenter
  • Sam Smith is the beautifully melancholic singer of Stay With Me

What do you think of the music video? Share your thoughts!

 

Pharell, Lorde, Chris Martin, Stevie Wonder, Sam Smith, One Direction, and More in One Epic Music Video






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