November 23, 2016


Top 40 Wildcards: Why Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony & Lady Gaga Returned

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Republic Records/Epic Records/Interscope Records

If you're one of the many fans feverishly voting in our Top 40 of 2016 six-round poll bracket to crown the No. 1 video of the year, you've probably noticed something a bit peculiar. Three videos voted out in previous rounds have returned in Round 4 – Ariana Grande's "Side To Side" with Nicki Minaj, Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home" with Ty Dolla $ign, and Lady Gaga's "Perfect Illusion."

These are what we here at Fuse call, the Top 40 Wildcards. Every year when we do Top 40, some videos voted out in early rounds end up garnering vote totals even higher than many other winners of matchups in subsequent rounds. To give those dedicated fans (and their favorite artists) a second chance, we bring back three of those high-performing videos to shake things up.

This year, three wildcards were brought back in Round 4 – one video from each prior round that was voted out, and thats vote totals were higher than any other axed video that round.

The Round 1 wildcard is Ariana & Nicki's "Side To Side," which originally lost to Britney Spears' "Make Me..." but still got more votes than even some winners that round. Round 2's wildcard is Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home," which also lost to Britney's "Make Me..." but managed to nab some of the most votes that round. Round 3's wildcard is Gaga's "Perfect Illusion," yet another video that put up a hell of a fight against Britney but just barely lost the matchup.

Round 4 is on now, so go vote for these lucky ladies who were given a second chance – Or vote for one of the other amazing videos that have managed to get this far in the competition!