Sinead O'Connor, 1990. Mainly shot in Paris, this video for "Nothing Compares 2 U" (that's the proper spelling of the song's title) was directed by John Maybury. The clip consists almost solely of a closeup on O'Connor's face as she sings the song's lyrics. Toward the end of the video, two tears roll down her face, one per cheek. O'Connor stated on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s that this was triggered by the lyric "All the flowers that you planted, Mama, in the back yard all died when you went away", because she had a very complex relationship with her late mother, who she claims abused her. The clip won Best Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the first video by a female artist to win in this category. This version was listed at #77 on Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time" and at #10 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s". The song was written by Prince in mid-1981. In 1985, The Family, a funk band created as an outlet to release more of Prince's music, released their first and only album, the self-titled The Family. "Nothing Compares 2 U" appeared on the album, but was not released as a single and received little recognition.