The 5 Best Artist Mannequin Challenges So Far
    • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016

    • Posted by: Gabe Paoletti

    It seems like it's every day that theres a new internet craze that people are imitating. This week the go-to internet trend to imitate is the Mannequin Challenge, where people freeze in increasingly absurd positions while music plays in the background. The trend seems to hearken back to the more physical imitation trends of a couple of years ago like planking, owling, and, most similarly, the harlem shake internet trend. Like the harlem shake, this trend incorporates music, usually Rae Sremmurd's hit song "Black Beatles," but also any other music that the creator deems appropriate. This musical component has spurred a number of artists to participate in the challenge:

    1. Diplo

    Diplo went for a traditional take on the Mannequin Challenge for his video, using "Black Beatles" as the music. Shot at a birthday party he was hosting, Diplo was able to get a large crowd to participate in the challenge, despite being clearly pretty drunk, an impressive feat.

    2. Adele

    To avoid falling into convention, Adele went for an original old time-y take on the Mannequin Challenge. In her sepia-tinged video, she and others pose in cowboy clothes in a saloon while in the background there's a frozen bar fight. Adele decided to pair this old time video with Johnny Cash's "Man In Black."

    3. Destiny's Child


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    In a surprising move, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, and Michelle Williams all reunited to participate in the Mannequin Challenge over Lauryn Hills anthem "Every Ghetto, Every City." Both the fact that this reunited Destiny's Child and their song choice makes this an amazing video despite its short length.

    4. Rae Sremmurd

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    As it was their song that was first used for the challenge, it was only natural that Rae Sremmurd would eventually participate. The duo completed the challenge so in a spectacular fashion by having everyone on stage freeze while "Black Beatles" started, before breaking when the chorus began and returning to their usual energetic selves.

    5. Paul McCartney

    The only thing better than having the Black Beatles that are Rae Sremmurd participate, is to have an actual Beatle do the Mannequin Challenge. Somehow the news of this trend, and information of its association with a song referencing the legendary band, reached Paul McCartney. In his rendition, Paul stands still with one hand on the piano, while a part of the song where Swae Lee of the group shouts "Bitch me and Paul McCartney related!" plays behind him.

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