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Outkast's Andre 3000

In the ''Hey Ya!'' video

Outkast's Andre 3000 gives one of the year's Great Performances

Who needs digital? This year's coolest photo technology was decidedly old-school, with OutKast's soul jam ''Hey Ya!'' exhorting listeners to ''shake it like a Polaroid picture.'' While the video -- a trippy rerub of the Beatles' legendary 1964 Ed Sullivan Show performance -- featured a multiculti crowd of cuties doing their best to oblige, it was OutKast's Andre 3000 who stole the shot. He stars not only as the live-wire frontman (Ice Cold) but as the entire freakin' group: the bashful guitarist (Johnny Vulture), the nerdy keyboardist (Benjamin Andre), the stoic bassist (Possum Jenkins), the frenzied drummer (Dookie), and a trio of backup singers (the Love Haters), who are inexplicably done up in equestrian gear. Complete with a stiff British introduction (courtesy of Ryan Phillippe), this homage kills from the count-off to the final fade-out. ''Andre's performance was so energetic, all the extras stayed around just to watch him,'' says director Bryan Barber. ''Now we have to outdo ourselves on the next one.'' Good luck.

Originally posted Dec 26, 2003 Published in issue #743-744 Dec 26, 2003 Order article reprints