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Last night on American Idol, Beyoncé premiered the fierce new video for her female-empowerment anthem "Run the World (Girls)." The song is the lead single from her upcoming album 4, and the video is impressive -- even by Beyoncé's high standards. Watch it below!
Okay, how much do you want to be Beyoncé in this video? She rides a horse! She conquers armies with dancing! She wears fabulous jewelry! The video appears to show Beyoncé as the leader of her own all-girl nation, wearing a crown with wild animals at her feet, when she's approached by a (male) army. As the foreign military threatens her, she dances, and her own army of high-kicking girls grows in number until they look like they can easily overtake the men. But instead of attacking, they raise their hands in a salute -- as if to say, We are here, and we are strong. Do not mess with us.
Meanwhile, the song lyrics praise women for their unsung role in "running the world," singling out college grads, 9-to-5 workers and -- in the best verse -- moms:
Boy you know you love it
How we're smart enough to make these millions
Strong enough to bear the children
Then get back to business
Who runs the world? Definitely Beyoncé.