With the MTV Video Music Awards coming in a few weeks, we’ve got music on our minds. But not everyone gets the exposure of a Katy Perry or the Weeknd, so we’ve compiled some videos from LGBT artists you absolutely can’t miss. These tracks are under-the-radar gold.
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Shirley House, “Get Lit”
Dynamic duo Gillian Sandman and Sam “Monce” Brady take us to the tropics with the balmy music video for “Get Lit.” Featuring Brady in his sexiest summer duds, it’s a perfect match for the lighthearted track.
Mary Lambert, “Know Your Name”
Lambert’s 2017 single gets the “Bad Blood” treatment with cameos from Sara Ramirez, Jacob Tobia, Gabi Fresh and others. It’s a nerdy, adorable delight, as Lambert and her #GirlGang take to a barcade, jamming out and facing off on the machines. It’s the stuff of dreams.
The Carry Nation, “As If”
Directed by Tyler Jensen, this sexy instrumental artpop number features an array of show-stopping looks inspired by queer nightlife and BDSM culture, as well as a visual reference to The Last Supper.
Bright Light Bright Light, “New York Pretty”
Welsh singer-songwriter Rod Thomas shares his love for the Big Apple in this 2017 video, which sees him walking by iconic New York gay bars like Stonewall and Julius.
Young M.A., “Ooouuu”
Young M.A. is killing it—the out rapper was nominated for a VMA for Best New Artist this year. Her hit single “Ooouuu” is the exact kind of fun, unique material that makes her VMA-worthy. In the video for “Ooouuu,” Young M.A. chills with her friends and drops knowledge about being a boss: “These haters on my body/Shake ‘em off!” You tell ‘em, girl.
This neon-hued video from queer YouTubers Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi features lavish costumes, eyecatching visuals and a song that’s a poolside anthem for the ages.
Shawnee, “Warrior Heart”
Canadian singer Shawnee Talbot identifies as 2-spirited and is an outspoken advocate for LGBT indigenous people in North America. And “Warrior Heart” is more than just a good song—proceeds from the powerhouse ballad benefit the We Matter Campaign, which supports suicide prevention efforts for indigenous youth in Canada.
Mashrou’ Leila, “Roman”
Not all great queer music comes from the West: This Lebanese pop band, fronted by out singer Hamed Sinno, challenges stereotypes about Muslim women with the video for their new single, “Roman.”