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Best and worst acting in a music video (by an artist)

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Carrieunderwood_lWe love a video that tells a good story, but do we always love it when the artist acts in it?

E! Online recently wondered whether Carrie Underwood’s performance as the war widow in her video “Just a Dream” (watch it here) actually distracts from the moving song. I say yes.

Slezak says he likes it when singers at least try to act in their videos, and normally, I’d agree. But when you’re going for this much emotion, you need to deliver (like LeAnn Rimes did in “Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way” — you forget it’s her). In short, there’s a reason Juliette Lewis is playing crazy in “Come to My Window” and not Melissa Etheridge.

What’s your position on music-video acting? And which artists are best — and worst — at it? (Arguments with links are strongly encouraged.)