This simple story about two high school seniors trying to impress some girls by throwing a mammoth house party could easily have wound up feeling empty. (Like so many other high school movies.) What places the Superbad script above the pack, however, is its heart.
"Naughty Girl" received positive feedback by music critics, who praised Beyoncé's assertive vocals and the song's sensual vibe. However, opinions about how convincingly Beyoncé was able to portray a naughty girl were polarized. The song was nominated in the category Best R&B/Soul Single by a Female Artist at the 2005 Soul Train Music Awards. "Naughty Girl" peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Beyoncé's fourth consecutive release from the album to reach the top-five on that chart. The single reached the top-ten in New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. "Naughty Girl" was certified gold by the American and Australian trade associations of record producers. It was also certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.
The song's accompanying music video was directed by Jake Nava and was inspired by the dancing of Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in the 1953 musical comedy film The Band Wagon. In it, Beyoncé flirtatiously and seductively dances with R&B singer Usher to portray a naughty girl. The video received four nominations at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards and eventually won the Best Female Video accolade. The song was included on Beyoncé's set lists on her tours. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized "Naughty Girl" as one of the most performed songs of 2005 at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. "Naughty Girl" has been covered by singer-songwriter Roesy and band Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine.
According to Spence D. of IGN Music, Beyoncé's vocals on the song are layered, making them sound like "a harem of Beyoncé's warbling for the affections of some sultan of swing." According to James Poletti of Yahoo! Music, the female protagonist in the song sings about her "potential to turn on the filth." Lyrically, the song is a celebration of sexual lust and conquest, culminating in a desire for a one-night stand. This "lustful sexual confidence" is further demonstrated in the lyrics of the first verse: "I'm feeling sexy / Wa[nt to] hear you say my name, boy/ If you can reach me, you can feel my burning flame / Feeling kind of N A S T Y / I might just take you home with me" and the chorus lines: " Tonight I'll be your naughty girl / I'm callin' all my girls / We're gonna turn this party out / I know you want my body." Throughout the song, Beyoncé sings the lines "I'd love to love you, baby" almost whispering.
Rob Fitzpatrick of NME characterized Beyoncé's breathing heavily while grabbing the "imaginary" bedsheets but remained a "devout young Christian woman singing what the public wants her to sing." Describing "Naughty Girl" as an uptempo party track, Lisa Verrico of The Times commented that the song features "an unusually high-pitched Beyoncé singing lines such as 'The rhythm's got me going crazy'". Neil Drumming of Entertainment Weekly found Beyoncé's singing "not quite convincingly a naughty girl". This was echoed by Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times who said it was fun to hear Beyoncé mimicking "the pizzicato line" in "Naughty Girl", and that it was not much fun to hear her try to sing "like a naughty girl". Ed Masley of The Arizona Republic commented that "Storch does his most convincing imitation of the Neptunes writing their own Kashmir in a Middle Eastern restaurant".
The music video for "Naughty Girl" was directed by Jake Nava, who directed Beyoncé's videos, "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy". The video is inspired by the dancing of Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in the 1953 musical comedy film, The Band Wagon and has a Studio 54 style. Paired with Usher, Beyoncé dances seductively and flirts with him to portray a naughty girl. She felt that they were a "perfect match" for the dancing scenes in the video. According to Usher, the video is a homage to classic "ultimate entertainers"; including dancers, singers and actors. He further talked about the collaboration on the video, saying, "Beyoncé and me have been talking about doing a record together. She reached out to me and said she had an idea and really wanted me to be the lead in her video... I was like, 'Well let me hear the idea.' It sounded like something totally different than what had been on TV."
During the Verizon Ladies First Tour which also featured Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott and Tamia, Beyoncé performed "Naughty Girl" as part of the concert's set list. Before starting to sing, she asked the audience: "Do I have any naughty girls in the house tonight? Her DJ yelled: "Do the A-Town stomp!" Beyoncé then walked onto the stage with some female dancers. As she sang, more dancers appeared on smaller, circular platforms while fire shot from the floor and a long, rectangular screen merged video of flames with images of the performers. Beyoncé then performed portions of Vanity 6's song "Nasty Girl" (1982) as a small dance break. The song was included on the set list of Beyoncé's Dangerously in Love World Tour that began in late 2003. During the tour, she appeared suspended from the ceiling of the arena and was lowered into a red lounger. 2b1af7f3a8