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Published on May 22nd, 2020 | by Jerry Doby


Drag Stars of the World Unite for ‘Always’ Video, Ft. Aquaria, Trinity The Tuck, Valentina + Many More


Following the official video for Always being unleashed on the world this month, today we unveil an extra fabulous, alternative video, featuring some of the most iconic drag queens in the world.

The feel-good summer anthem is given a whole new lease of life, with more than 20 fierce queens lip-syncing for their life, exuding glamour, ferocity, and pride, in a video to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

With Pride season officially upon us, and with many celebrations being cancelled due to COVID-19, the visual is a true celebration of how important both George Michael and Mary J. Blige. are to the community and how their activism and support for queer rights is more important today than it ever has been. George Michael is a gay icon, and the musician’s openness about his sexuality and his campaigning for LGBTQ rights offered a life raft to many particularly at a time when anti-gay sentiment was rife.

Filmed safely whilst in quarantine, queens to lend their support and performance skills to the video include Ru-Paul’s Drag Race season 10 winner Aquaria, Season 11 winner Yvie Oddly, All-stars Shea Coulee, Trinity The Tuck, Valentina and British/Irish queens Divina De Campo, Cheryl Hole, Blu Hyrdrangea alongside the legendary Lady Bunny.

‘Always’ is a monstrous piano house tune built around the iconic vocals from George Michael and Mary J Blige’s 1999 cover of a Stevie Wonder classic, which has been given the seal of approval from all artist’s for the first time in musical history, with both the late George Michael and Mary J. Blige now listed as credited artists.

The official video was directed by Nelson De Castro (George Ezra, Carly Rae Jepsen) and has been masterfully created to bring the original concept of the 1999 hit to a new generation of music lovers. The kaleidoscopic, high-energy, choreography-based visual is inspired by and celebrating the original’s complex visual effects, which were used to fill a club with hundreds of versions of Michael and Blige. With a gracious nod to its predecessor, George and Mary fans will be delighted to see their musical icons conspicuously in plain sight.

London based Waze & Odyssey are the long-time house champions who have been turning out a variety of vital grooves for many years on their own label, as well as Hottrax, Edible and Relief, and are no strangers to reworking Pop classics. Tommy Theo, meanwhile, was behind festival anthem ‘Ain’t He Bad’ in 2016 and is one of Amsterdam’s hottest exports with a real arsenal of sounds at his disposal. George Michael and Mary J.Blige need little introduction – collectively the superstar pair have amassed over 150 million records worldwide and produced some of the most iconic live moments of the last 3 decades.

Whilst many are still feeling the chills of winter, the sound of the summer has already arrived in the shape of this incredible new anthem, which is set to meteorically rise with the addition of these world class queens.

About the Author

Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.

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