2013 VMA Nominee Kelly Clarkson Frees Misfits From Society’s Microscope In ‘People Like Us’ Video

Photo: (RCA Records)

Photo: (RCA Records)

In her “People Like Us” music video, Kelly Clarkson lives in a black-and-white world where colorful people are held captive for being different. Kelly plays a scientist observing a Technicolor girl, but when her conscience gets the best of her, she helps the girl escape to a rainbow-filled nation. The vid was just announced as a 2013 VMA nominee for Best Video With a Social Message! And with that, Kelly earns a second, back-to-back nomination in the category — she was nominated for “Dark Side” last year.

“People Like Us” is a song for misfits — which makes it a song for everyone. Whether you’re black, white or orange; rich, poor, or middle-class; gay, straight, or questioning; “cool” or “uncool,” we all feel alone and out of place at times. We’ve all been hurt; we’ve all been the butt of a joke; we all pretend to text our friends when we feel awkward at parties. Organizations like Love is Louder and We Stop Hate encourage young people to come together — on the Web and in person — to celebrate their own and other people’s differences. Show your true colors by writing “Love Is Louder” on your hand and posting it on social media. Or rock a We Stop Hate wristband to join the many people who also believe that love is more powerful than bullying, violence and hatred.

“People like us we’ve gotta stick together. Keep your head up, nothing lasts forever. Here’s to the damned, to the lost and forgotten. It’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom,” Clarkson sings as she drives the girl to a beautiful, color-filled land. In times of doubt and loneliness, Kelly’s song and video are a loving reminder that there are so many “People Like Us” in the world.

+ Watch Kelly Clarkson, “People Like Us.”

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Don’t miss the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 25th, live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and vote for your favorite Best Video With a Social Message by Monday, August 12th!

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