Did Beyonce steal the idea behind her amazing Billboard Music Awards performance?

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There were several impressive performances last Sunday at the 2011 Billboard Musc Awards. But hands down, Beyoncé’s stole the show.

Performing her new single “Run the World (Girls),” she danced in front of a dazzling interactive screen that gave her wings to wear, worlds to juggle, and dozens of background steppers to keep up with.

Watching her stay in sync with all that movement was breathtaking; critics and fans alike immediately appreciated it and its originality. But recently, whether the performance’s concept was created by the diva and her team has been questioned.

You see, Italian pop singer Lorella Cuccarini use that technology first in 2010; Beyoncé’s is similar to Lorella’s in several ways. But when questioned about where the idea came from by AOL Music recently, Beyoncé didn’t play coy. Instead, she was upfront about the source, Cuccerini, and called it “inspiring.”

“My makeup artist showed me the performance of Lorella Cuccarini a year ago, and it inspired me so much,” Beyonce told AOL. “I then met with the talented people who worked on it. The technology and concept were so genius. Thank God for YouTube or I would have never been exposed to something so inspiring. I never worked so hard on anything in my life as that performance for the Billboard Awards.”

So there you have it, folks. She didn’t steal the idea. Beyoncé saw something on Youtube she appreciated, then went about making it her own. And boy, did she own it.

What do you make of the controversy surrounding the performance? Check out a comparison of the two below and give us your opinions.

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  • Clarissa

    I’m more surprised the creative writer behind ‘Silent Night’ admitted to it.

    • PAUL

      DEAR EW I THINK YOU ARE THE ONES COPYING YOU COPY THIS FROM WHOEVER WHO STARTED BLOGGING ABOUT THIS.
      2. THE CONCEPT IS FRON from Tribe Inc. and Kenzo Design did the choreography NEITHER BEYONCE OR LORELLA OWNS THIS IF LORELLA HAD CREATED THIS OR SUGGESTED IT TO BE LIKE THAT THEN THATS STEALING. THE ONLY HUUUGE DIFFERENCE THERE IS BEYONCE TOOK IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL THE OTHER ONE JUST LOOK LIKE A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION TO ME

    • Adwina Lambert

      Beyonsh*t is sooo over-rated and over-exposed!! tee-hee!!

      • Channery

        We dinefitely need more smart people like you around.

  • Matt

    No, but you stole the “e” from her name. Give it back!

    • Adwina Lambert

      Beyonsh*t is sooo over-rated and over-exposed!! tee-hee!

  • Steve

    Would Beyonce have given credit if she wasn’t confronted about it? There’s a big difference between inspiring and out right stealing an idea. Beyonce stole it and made it her own…a lot like Lady Gaga these days.

  • Red

    ThiefYawncé

    • kp

      She also stole the song from Major Lazer. That’s more offensive.

      • LOL

        Er…Diplo produced Beyonce’s song and I am sure he WANTED Pon de Floor as the sample! LOL…you haters just stay losing!

  • KC

    Beyoverratedcé

  • crispy

    Well, she stole the “Single Ladies” choreography from Gwen Verdon. Beyonce apparently spends a lot of time on Youtube.

    • Classy!

      Lol

    • Miss Talk

      She doesn’t go out a lot so there’s nothing strange about it.

    • True Blue

      Yeah, she “stole” the choreography and admitted to “stealing” it so many times in various interviews without being prompted to do so. Do a little bit of research before talking out of your ass.

    • Biyul

      outlawedge23 on January 8, 2009 Hey man mtnyiae These kinda videos makes my creativity leak outta my ears onto the floor.

  • bobbyv

    I didn’t even have to watch the videos, and I don’t watch music awards shows. But I do know that Beyonce is about as original as an ice cube. She wasn’t gone long enough and I didn’t miss her vocal caterwalling one bit. What a hack.

  • kaydevo

    With both videos side by side, I found myself drawn to watch the Cuccarini piece far more than Beyonce’s. B’s song was awful and the graphics were of the “bigger and louder is better” school. Much preferred the more artful Cuccarini video. Also, one person’s inspiration is another’s rip-off.

    • Amanda

      Now,you know you are lying if you said you watched that Italian girl’s more than Beyonce’s dynamic awesome set! The other girl just stood there…anyone can do that!
      And this technique has been used for over 30 years in Theater and Opera….guess I know who is UNCULTURED on here by who is bashing Beyonce and saying this other chick is so original,LOL!
      Beyonce was the best at those awards and the best of these two. Accept it. Thanks,the rest of the world already did!

  • Classy!

    As a Britney fan, I’d love to use this opportunity to rub in how Beyonce always steals (even Brit’s 2003 AMA performance!!), BUT her performance was so amazing that I don’t care. Her performance at the BMAs is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and I’m happy she stole whatever she needed to steal to take it to the next level. I was tired if seeing the same routine from her, and she shut my butt up. Visually, vocally and dance-wise she was perfection. Per. Fection

  • Miss Talk

    It is not Beyoncé’s idea but it’s not Lorella’s idea either. Like Beyoncé said, she called the graphic designers who did the original job. Some other artists used those graphics before Beyoncé but obviously it wasn’t stellar enough to get people’s attention.
    Beyoncé is an upgrader and it’s not her fault if she has the gift to make everything fresh and new.

    • Amanda

      You are so correct! Beyonce brought it to another level!

  • BackStage Writer

    I would sue!

  • Danya

    “So there you have it, folks. She didn’t steal the idea. Beyoncé saw something on Youtube she appreciated, then went about making it her own. And boy, did she own it.”

    This basically means:

    So there you have it, folks. She didn’t steal the idea. Beyoncé saw something on Youtube she appreciated, then went about stealing the idea, but because she owned it, I’m going to say that with as positive a spin as possible.”

    • Tina

      Thank You! The writers here at EW are so far up Beyonce’s you know what its not even funny!

  • Courtney

    People need to take it down a notch. She gave credit where credit was due. She used Lorella’s original concept and made it her own. Beyonce’s performance was nothing less than outstanding, and this “controversy” hardly takes away from it.

  • UGH

    She’s starting to morph into Jay Z, much like some people once thought Michael and LaToya Jackson were one and the same. She looks like Jay Z if he were a tranny.

  • DKLI

    The world would be a better place, if the haters stop hating so much. If you do not like something..don’t watch, Beyonce’ entertains, if you do not like her entertainment, go for what you like. Can you do any better! STOP HATING!

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