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Beauty in the World by Macy Gray
Album: The SelloutReleased: 2010
This is the first single from American soul singer Macy Gray's fifth album, The Sellout. The song was originally a dance track until Gray turned it into more of a rollicking peace and love sing-a-long. "You get bombarded with opinion and expectations and what other people want and you forget what you do well," she said in press materials. "That song is what I do well."
This song was inspired by Gray's teenage daughter, who one day Macy overheard laughing hysterically in the next room. "I was having a really bad day and I heard my daughter just cracking up in the next room," she recalled. "She has this really great laugh and I didn't even know what she was laughing at. I thought 'at least she's happy.' And I felt at least I hadn't failed there, because my daughter's happy."
This song was played during the series finale of the ABC dramedy series Ugly Betty. Another ABC series, Private Practice, also used the song in its series-ending final episode.
The song was picked up as the end-title song for the 2010 Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher starring feature film, Killers.
The music video, which was directed by Tom Petty's daughter Adria, features Gray performing the song with cheerleaders along with kids jumping rope, dancing and hand clapping.