Oh boy, this category was really near impossible. I'm a total dunce when it comes to new music and I found it hard to know even where to begin to locate bands that I might like. I went to all the websites and top lists of the year, I heard a lot of the singles that were popular and critically acclaimed, and I walked away from it all thinking that most popular indie rock sounds more boring and annoying than ever and that dance music has sunk to a new low.
I asked my sister on Christmas Eve if she had any insights and she instantly pointed me towards Get Me Bodied by Beyonce . Of course! I totally forgot about the goddess of fun dance music; I forgot just how rad she is, niavely assuming that all things popular and current are bad–it wasn't true with Jacqueline Susann, it wasn't true with Sex and the City (go ahead, argue with me) and it's not true with Beyonce. She deserves all the fawning and adoration she gets.
Then, like a divine blessing on the decision to make this hit my song of the week, she appeared on the BET Awards we were watching that night (ends up the Yule Log was not airing Christmas eve as I had hoped, so we decided this was the best TV pairing with cheese, lamb, and Hitachino beer).
Her performance of Get Me Bodied in a robot sarcophgus that turns into shinny gold pants and a bra is almost impossible to describe. We were all stunned by the quality of her voice and her boundless energy for audacious dance moves.
If I had any doubts as to the merits of this professional, exuberant and bewitching woman, they flew out the window while I watched her take the stage. Best song of the year (that I am aware of), and best performance too.