New video for Beyonce's 'Best Thing I Never Had' features lace teddy, great lighting

What’s the best revenge on a bad ex-boyfriend? How about performing your kiss-off song while standing in your bridal suite wearing nothing but a white lace teddy and a grin of deep satisfaction? That’s how the music video for Beyoncé’s new single “Best Thing I Never Had” opens, and damn if Ms. Knowles isn’t at her peak — in voice, in looks, in taste in opulent wedding gowns (by Baracci Beverly Hills). Check out the video below, directed with impeccable lighting by Diane Martel, and then let’s discuss it a bit more! 

Three more quick observations: One, the Dutch-like double-buns the erstwhile Sasha Fierce is sporting in the first segment somehow join forces into a single super-bun once Beyoncé moves from her bridal suite lingerie into her outdoor wedding gown. Two, correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that’s Beyoncé’s sister Solange playing the young Beyoncé, who ditches her lout of a boyfriend at their senior prom. Three, at the reception (where Beyoncé is draped in an elegant Vera Wang), her super-bun has forsaken her, but she does not appear to mind.

What do you make of the video, Music Mixers?

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  • Del

    I thought the video was very sweet and the fresh face Beyonce is nice

    • Lisa S

      The gays sure love to tell us what make women hot.

      • Del

        are you trying to say I’m gay? Because I’m not I’m a female who is very very very much attracted to Men. Nice try though :)

      • RAJ

        lmao. DEL, just shoved u..

      • Boop

        @DEL I have a feeling Lisa was talking about the person who wrote the article, though the comment was still immature and messed up. “The gays” wtf?

        As for the video? I didn’t like it. And the flashbacks just seemed thrown in there like (hm…this video is boring, how do we save it?) The story was could’ve been really deep because this song is something many people out there can relate to.

    • SallyinChicago

      I love the song, love the CD, and she looks like she’s liberated.

    • SaraS

      Nice to see her without all the mean “mug” faces and the five layers of huge hair.

  • Jay

    The video is simple, and I like that. I like videos that actually relate to the song. Plus, she looks stunning.

  • DDB

    It’s actually Beyonce playing herself in those flashbacks.

  • Amanda

    WOW! Beyonce is so darn beautiful!! This video is perfect for the song! And yes, I agree she is simply at her peak…hope she looks as great in A Star is Born!

    • Jase

      Ugh why are they doing that? There does not need to be any more re-tellings of that movie! Besides, once Judy Garland has done it it cannot be improved. So stop trying, Hollywood!

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  • BJohnson

    Yeah it’s just Beyonce without all the makeup. As far as the bun at the end, the trend is now a lot of brides have a wedding ceremony look, then a reception look. Lots of them make the whole change just like that.

  • Kat

    The dress is stunning. Thats really all i took away from this video. It was boring. But she does look nice.

  • Fatima

    Definitely NOT Solange during the prom scenes.

  • True Blue

    I’m unable to see the video, but judging by the reactions of people whose opinions I agree with like 90% of the time, it’s apparently underwhelming? What’s with her Gaga’s videos this era? I hope the video for End of Time is epic. In fact, it should’ve been the current single.

    • True Blue

      Her AND Gaga’s videos.

      • Fatima

        What are you talking about? The Run The World videos was one of her best ever. This one is more simple, but she looks beautiful and the prom scenes are fun. If anything, besides Single Ladies, the videos off the last album were much more disappointing than these two.

      • True Blue

        @ Fatima:

        I’m sorry, but I found the video for RTW rather disappointing.

      • True Blue

        And I agree that the videos for the IASF era were largely underwhelming, but Why Don’t You Love Me is one of her absolute best videos to date and my personal favorite. If I Were A Boy had a great video to accompany it as well.

      • Fatima

        I forgot that WDYLM? was technically Sasha Fierce…it came so long after the release. That’s actually my favorite Beyonce video, followed by Run The World. If I Were a Boy was good too and then it seemed like she wasn’t putting in a ton of time. Sweet Dreams was bizarre. I think this one is nice for the song and simple without being boring.

  • raj

    one of the best songs and videos i have seen. Beyonce is really going high. HATERZ should just go to H*ELL

  • Dani

    She looks great, but the concept is a bit strange. If you are thinking about your ex-boyfriend at all on your wedding day, it’s not much of a triumph.

    • mm

      she’s not thinking about him. she’s thinking thank god it didn’t work out. it’s implied that her new relationship is better/healthier/stronger

      • mm

        also, I’m not a woman nor have I been anywhere close to getting married but I can imagine a wedding day being a day of reflection for past loves

      • Dani

        well, I had a couple of jerky exes, but they certainly didn’t cross my mind on my wedding.

  • Anne

    Did she get plastic surgery? She just looks so different. If she did, why? She always was a lovely woman to begin with.

    • Matt

      Huh? How does she look different? Her hair is pinned back and she’s wearing what I’m sure is extremely tight lingerie – so her breasts are going to look bigger/perkier, naturally (pun not intended).

  • LIfe

    Its Beyonce not her sister playing in the flashback scene.

  • ST

    The video actually makes me like the song a bit more (not a huge fan of the song). Video is really well done, Bey looks gorgeous and I love that the video goes with the song and fills it out more.

  • Jackson

    I wonder if the song was “borrowed” from Leona Lewis’ “Best You Never Had.”

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