On Tuesday, Sia released the video for her new single, “The Greatest,” which features Kendrick Lamar (though his verse isn’t in the video version). According to various outlets, the video honors the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting which occurred this past June in Orlando, Florida.
Sia The Greatest
Directed by Sia and Daniel Askill and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, the video stars Maddie Ziegler, the young dancer who also brought Sia’s visions to life in videos for “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart,” “Cheap Thrills” and “Big Girls Cry.”
The clip starts on a black screen with the words #WEAREYOURCHILDREN printed across. Then, we see a crying Ziegler wiping paint under her eyes, as if crying rainbow tears, or perhaps applying warpaint for battle. A large group of kids lies on the ground below her, motionless, and she begins screaming (though we don’t hear her), urging the kids to get up.