Format CD single
Genre Pop, pop rock
|Released February 11, 2003|
|Length 3:55 (Album Version) 4:08 (Single Version)|
"Pretty Baby" is a song by Vanessa Carlton from her debut album Be Not Nobody. The song was released as the third single from the album in 2003.
The video starts with Vanessa inside a large house sitting on top of a staircase. She has a roll duct tape in her hands and starts walking through the house as she starts to sing the song. We then see her sitting down, playing a large, black grande piano. The video contains various flashbacks scenes of her and her lover (Brendan Fehr), such as a kissing scene in a red car, a scene where Vanessa gives her boyfriend a guitar as a gift, and a party scene. At the party, she looks troubled as her boyfriend is talking with another woman. She throws the guitar from the 2nd story window. At the end of the music video, she goes up the stairs and into a bedroom, where we see her boyfriend, panicked, bruised, and bound & gagged with the duct tape from the beginning of the video. Vanessa smiles as she approaches him.
The music video was directed by Marcos Siega.
Awards & Accolades
"Pretty Baby" was nominated for "Choice Love Song" at the 2003 Teen Choice Awards; it lost, however, to "Crazy In Love," by Beyoncé & Jay-Z.
The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. It was Carlton's first single to not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her next single to fail to chart would be "Private Radio," a year later.