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Lip Dub Revenge

Photo: Stevan Sheets

This is a little tale all about the power of the man vs. the fourth estate.

In January, Newsweek put Grand Rapids, Michigan on a list of ‘America’s Dying Cities.’ The people of Grand Rapids were none too happy about this designation, so what did they do? The only thing they could — record the world’s largest lip dub of “American Pie:”

It’s like a Michael Bay movie: 5,000 people, a wedding, helicopters, bridges on fire, etc. OK, so it’s significantly smaller than a Michael Bay movie. (Side note: for extended Michael Bay movie discussion, check out Nerdist Podcast No. 89 with Kevin Pereira.)

Newsweek loved the video, responded on Facebook (that medium has really caught on, eh?), and noted that they didn’t really trash Grand Rapids — it was actually a website called, and it got picked up on Newsweek as part of a content-sharing deal.

So basically, the entire thing was for naught? Eh. Still a damn good time.

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  1. David says:

    I leave Grand Rapids, and THEN they start doing cool shit like this? Sigh… Life is just not fair.

  2. Julie says:

    I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only one that got a little weepy. I love when communities come together like that.

  3. Matt says:

    Looks like a city that likes to have fun. Awesome stuff!

  4. Melanie says:

    Ok. I have a reputation. I don’t cry at stuff. Usually.

    But that totally got me teared up. Nice one, Grand Rapids!

  5. kent says:

    Grand Rapids I miss you .

  6. Jen K says:

    5,000 kinds of awesome.

  7. Chris says:

    Wow, that was quite a bit of work for that and totally worth watching to the end. The slow parts of the song always get to me, good job Grand Rapids!

  8. Sylvia says:

    So I went from thinking:
    1) Getting 5,0000 people to do this kinda shows how little there is to do in Grand Rapids. And sir in the gray tank top, please wear a shirt.
    2) Fire on a bridge!
    3) Okay fine. I’ll put the cynicism away for a little bit.
    4) Aww, this is kinda sweet. Good on ya Grand Rapids!
    And then once the helicopter took off I stopped thinking and actually got a little teary.

  9. Edgar says:

    It’s great to see a community come together like that.