Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Music Videos From the ’90s and ’00s

The ’90s and ’00s were a great time for music. The universe blessed us with pop queens like Britney Spears and the Spice Girls to boy band wonders like NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. Even better, some of our favorite hits came to life in the form of music videos.

But no matter how many times you watched the music videos for “Hey Ya!” or “I’m Real” on MTV, you probably never knew what was going on behind the scenes. Check out these surprising facts about your favorite music videos from the ’90s and ’00s.

Alicia Keys Was Originally Supposed to Play the Convict In “Fallin'”

Chris Robinson/ Blake Johnson / Danny Wise
Chris Robinson/ Blake Johnson / Danny Wise

It was 2001 when the world fell in love with the smooth sounds of Alicia Keys. Her debut single, “Fallin'” was a major hit on Top 40 radio and her debut album, Songs In A Minor, was quick to follow.

As it turns out, for her big video debut, label executives wanted Keys to make her grand entrance into the music world gracefully. In her “Fallin'” video, Keys was originally supposed to play the convict, but her label forced her to play the long-suffering girlfriend because they didn’t want her first appearance on TV to be behind bars.