Pat Benatar in "Love Is A Battlefield"
Don't Mess With Pat Benatar
Welcome to Forgotten Videos, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards edition, showcasing past GRAMMY winners. For some, these videos are forgotten, for others just filed away, and for others still, a totally brand-new discovery. Whichever category you fall into, each week until the GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 13, 2011, we'll feature a video from a GRAMMY-winning artist that's possibly been collecting dust when what it really deserves is a fresh look. Or, just for old times' sake. We just want to take you on a little trip down memory lane. Yep, you'll remember when hair was really that big, when drums were that up front in the mix, when video was young(er) and so were you.
"Love Is A Battlefield"
"We are young…heartache to heartache we stand," quotes Jennifer Garner in the 2004 film 13 Going On 30 before launching into an '80s-inspired dance during a sleepover scene with six teenage girls — proof that Pat Benatar's iconic "Love Is A Battlefield" has stood the test of time and continues to transcend generations as the perfect girls'-night-out anthem. Coincidentally, this Top 5 hit was released in the same year that Benatar herself turned 30.
Born Patricia Andrzejewski in Brookyln, N.Y., Benatar's pop/rock flare made her one of the most popular female vocalists of the early '80s. "Love Is A Battlefield" was released at the height of Benatar's career during a string of hits that included "Shadows Of The Night" and "We Belong."
The video finds a young Benatar trading in her family and the monotony of suburbia for the wild and crazy city life where she finds herself mixed up with disrespectful men (she threatens one with a tantalizing and apparently frightening choreographed dance. The dance is followed with a glass of water to the face for said gentleman as Benatar dances off, singing, "We are strong, no one can tell us we're wrong/Searching our hearts for so long, both of us knowing/Love is a battlefield"). After her victory, Benatar and a troop of female dancers embrace in solidarity.
On the GRAMMY battlefield, Benatar held the Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, crown for four consecutive years in the early '80s, winning her fourth trophy for "Love Is A Battlefield" at the 26th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1984, beating out an army of female rockers that included Joan Armatrading, Kim Carnes, Stevie Nicks, and Bonnie Tyler. Benatar would garner five additional nominations in the same category for tracks including "We Belong," "Invincible (Theme From Legend Of Billie Jean)" and "All Fired Up," among others, and in 2009 she became the first honoree at The Recording Academy's inaugural GRAMMY Artists Revealed.
Is love your battlefield? Got a Forgotten Video recommendation? Leave us a comment. And don't forget to tune in to the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.