Just when I was beginning to turn the corner on my dislike for Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)”, I find this out. While I’m still not a fan of her track, the chorus has grown on me and B blew my mind with her visually spectacular performance at the Billboard Music Awards. As it turns out, the concept which wowed me wasn’t an original thought from Beyonce.
Plagiarism accusations are bound to happen to successful artists. It’s par for the course. Just look at Lady Gaga’s laundry list of plagiarism claims for “Born This Way“. For that matter, Beyonce is no stranger to copying claims either. In 2003, a lawsuit was filed alleging lyrics for her hit, “Baby Boy” were stolen. Her House of Dereon has also been accused of stealing designs. Beyonce was seen purchasing leggings at London’s TopShop, then miraculously a similar heavy metal legging popped up on the singer in a House of Dereon ad a year later. Which brings me to this.
The internet is abuzz that the white effects screen Beyonce incorporated in her Billboard performance was copied from Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini. I admit there is a fine line between plagiarism and inspiration. For instance, her iconic “Single Ladies” music video was inspired by Bob Fosse’s choreography, which she’s publicly admitted. Perhaps a public thank will be coming Cuccarini’s way soon. B’s been in a thankful kind of mood lately. After a messy breakup, Beyonce finally thanked the original Destiny’s Child members during her acceptance speech on Sunday night.
Some tech savvy individual created a video putting the two live performances side-by-side for easy comparison. While it’s clear Beyonce borrowed the concept of the white screen, she could’ve switched things up with the imagery. The similarities with certain graphics like the birds, balls and bars were all literal imitations. Not cool. Watch the video and come to your own conclusions.