Lady Gaga has given fans a million reasons to watch her "Million Reasons" music video.
The ballad was released on iTunes in October, and since then, Gaga has wowed millions by performing it everywhere from the 2016 American Music Awards to the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show—not to mention on NBC's Saturday Night Live, ITV's The X Factor and Channel 4's Alan Carr's Happy Hour. On Wednesday, Gaga finally shared the long-awaited music video.
"Million Reasons" serves as the second official single from Joanne, Gaga's fifth studio album. The music video premiered on MTV before it was released on Vevo, and it picks up right where Gaga's "Perfect Illusion" video left off—literally—with the pop icon lying in the middle of a field.
Gaga co-wrote and co-produced "Million Reasons" with Mark Ronson; HillaryLindsey and BloodPop also contributed to the song. In a YouTube video released Dec. 9, the singer broke down in tears after she recorded the track. "You have to go to that broken place in your heart to sing well and to write songs," she said. "When you go to that place, it always brings up stuff."
The "Million Reasons" video represents everything Joanne is about.
"I kept envisioning this girl in the middle of the country somewhere crying her eyes out in the field with a drink in her hand and her kid in the other, going, 'I can't believe that Lady Gaga understands how I feel,'" the 30-year-old musician told E! News of her album in October. "The point of this record was to find that human connection with the world in a deeper way. The truth is I want nothing more for both myself and for other people than human connection and love. I just want to be closer to not only my fans, but other people and to build a relationship with them through the music where they know that I'm their sister, know that I'm their friend."
The "Perfect Illusion" video was similarly raw in its executive. "Nothing was choreographed. I didn't rehearse any of those things that you see in the video," Gaga explained to E! News. "Everything in that was just completely in the moment—pure, raw performance of how I feel."
"The intention was there to be no perfect illusions in the video about perfect illusions. It's so beautiful in that way. I love that opening shot in the video when it's just a silent light pouring through the hands of the fans as they're all dancing and nobody has a cell phone in their hands and everybody's got a little dirt on them," she said. "It's something that we don't do anymore."