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Sia Makes Music Video Tribute to Orlando Shooting Victims

The video ends with Sia's longtime dancer stand-in crying rainbow tears

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    Singer Sia is using her voice to make sure a tragedy in Orlando will not be forgotten.

    Less than three months after 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, the Grammy nominee is releasing an emotional music video for "The Greatest" that symbolizes the power of unity.

    In the video that clocks in at almost six minutes, Sia's longtime music video stand-in Maddie Ziegler paints a rainbow on her face and encourages 49 talented kids to break free from a prison cell.

    The children show off their impressive moves, led by Ziegler, who swaps her signature blonde hair for a black wig.

    Despite the moments of ecstatic dancing, the video comes to a somber end as the kids fall to the ground in a heap. The ends in a close-up of Ziegler crying rainbow tears.

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    "Humbled to be a part of this video. Thank you @siathisisacting," dancer Matt Moseley shared on Instagram after the video was released. "49 beautiful lives lost. This is for you. #WeAreYourChildren."

    Fellow participant Larsen Thompson added, "Blessed to [be] part of this amazing message."

    Although Kendrick Lamar's verse is not included in the music video, the rapper has a prominent part in the original song. The song also comes before Sia hits the road for her first full-scale tour in five years.

    The 22-city trek will kick off Sept. 29 in Seattle and conclude Nov. 6 in Austin, Texas. More information is available here.

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