Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and more join forces for Lil Dicky's 'Earth' music video: Watch
Justin Bieber as a baboon, Ariana Grande as a Zebra, Kevin Hart as Kanye West and Leonardo DiCaprio as ... Leonardo DiCaprio? We'll take it.
Lil Dicky's epic, all-star collaboration, "Earth," which had been heavily teased across social media all week, premiered at midnight on Thursday, April 18, and its accompanying music video became the No. 1 trending video on YouTube less than 12 hours later.
The project, which aims to raise awareness around climate change and protecting the environment ahead of Earth Day, features over 30 artists, including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Halsey and more. It was produced by in-demand producers Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat.
In its accompanying 7-minute animated music video, each of the song's A-list contributors are reimagined as animated animals singing the tune's cheeky lyrics. The short film was co-directed by Nigel Tierney of the Emmy Award-winning content studio, RYOT (a Verizon Media brand), Federico Heller of 3Dar and Iconic Engine. The opening live-action portion was directed by The Director Bureau's Tony Yacenda.
"Like a lot of people, I had a vague idea that something bad was happening here on Earth, but I didn’t really realize how insane our climate crisis is and how screwed humanity is about to be," Lil Dicky said of the project. "It’s full-on crazy! If we don’t get our act together now, and change a lot about our fundamental behavior, Earth will become unlivable alarmingly soon. Why did it take me so long to get wind of this? I feel like everybody on the planet should be talking about this 24/7. But that’s not the case. So I wanted to make the most entertaining and epic piece of content possible, to get everyone aware and talking. Because it’s now or never… Let’s save the Earth! We love the Earth!!!!"
In collaboration with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, portions of the profits from the project will be donated to nonprofit organizations aimed at solving climate change.
Watch Lil Dicky's "Earth" below: