WATCH: The best ALS Ice Bucket Challenges from musiciansBy Erin Browne | August 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
While you may be avoiding your friends so they don’t nominate you to dump ice water on your head, every single celebrity ever has stepped up to the plate and gotten a little damp in the name of ALS awareness. Viral awareness campaigns are a strange thing, but this one has been entertaining for the most part. Vin Diesel challenged folks to also plant a tree “for Groot” before nominating Putin, Robert Pattinson doesn’t own a bucket so someone sprayed him with a hose while he was pelted with ice cubes. Captain America himself donned a full suit even.
There are way too many videos out there to watch them all, so we decided to pick 7 of our favorite ice bucket challenges done by musicians.
7) Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire
Richard Reed Parry and Win Butler race off stage at an Arcade Fire concert so Win can dump a bucket of water over Parry’s head. He might be the most excited to do the challenge out of all the people we have seen.
6) Ashton Irwin from 5 Seconds of Summer
The drummer from Aussie pop-punk band “5SOS” is so nervous about getting the ice dumped on him, the anticipation was almost worse than the actual challenge. There doesn’t seem to be any water in that…is that a dishwashing tub? Whatever. We laughed.
5) Dr. Dre
This isn’t the most exciting challenge video we have seen, but the way they rigged that bucket sure is impressive.
4) Lil Wayne
We have so many questions, a few of them being:
1. Who knew about Weezy Wednesdays?
2. Was he making flowers crowns? Is that why there are flowers on the table?
3. What is he saying?
4. How long did it take for his hair to dry?
5. What is he saying?
6. What would he look like wearing a flower crown?
3) Niall Horan from One Direction
Mad props to Niall for just going for it. He filled a trash can! That can hold a lot of ice water! And he just takes so much initiative and dumps it on himself. Then, of course, in a moment of defeat just sits there with the trash can on his head. As would we, Niall. As would we.
2. Justin Timberlake
If Justin Timberlake asks you to dump some water on your head: you dump water on your head. That had to be what happened here because there are so. many. people. Who are all these people? Don’t get us wrong if JT asked us to join him in this challenge, we would grab the nearest bucket. We don’t blame them, we just want to know where they came from. Everyone is so enthusiastic, too. That’s the power of Justin.
1) The Roots (and Jimmy Fallon and Steve Higgins and everyone ever)
As we said above: if Justin Timberlake asks you to dump ice cold water on your head, you do it. So of course after being nominated by JT, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots took to the Tonight Show stage to dump some buckets. Honestly, this is the best one because you can tell that the last thing Questlove wants to do is get his fro wet. What is the pick comes out? You can see his apprehension. You can feel it. And watch him. He totally wimps out.
Erin Browne is a New York-based writer and a new contributor to Reverb. Follow her on Twitter.