Throwback Thursday ‘Ray of Light’ by Madonna (1998)
I picked Madonna "Ray of Light" for this week's Throwback Thursday song of the day because I think we are all looking for a little ray of hope! A light at the end of this crazy tunnel we are all in.
"Ray of Light" was the second single off of Madonna's seventh studio album of the same name.
According to Wikipedia, "' Ray of Light' debuted and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Madonna's highest debut on the chart to date. It also reached number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart."
"Ray of Light" was nominated for three Grammy Awards, Record of the Year, Best Dance Recording, and Best Short Form Music Video. Madonna won all except Record of the Year. That honor went to Celine Dion for "My Heart Will Go On".
The music video featured Madonna dancing in front of sped-up footage of various cities. The music video was directed by Jonas Akerlund. Madonna had this to say about what the video represents, "a day in the life of the Earth to show that we are rushing forward to the end of the 1900s century at full speed. I think Jonas made an excellent interpretation of the song, although he forced me to dance like crazy for two days. He's a tough director."
The music video was nominated for eight MTV Video Music Awards. "Ray of Light" went on to win five awards for Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Choreography. "Ray of Light" was Madonna's first win for Video of the Year and her most wins at that award show.