Taylor Swift’s Billboard Music Awards performance isn’t the first time she’s been accused of copying Beyonce
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Taylor Swift took the stage with Brendon Urie at last night’s Billboard Music Awards to perform her hit single “Me!” Only, as some fans noticed, it had some similarities to Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella performance.
SALT LAKE CITY — One of these things is a lot like the other, at least according to some Beyonce fans.
Taylor Swifttook the stage with Brendon Urie at last night’s Billboard Music Awards to perform her hit single “Me!” Only, as some fans noticed, it had some similarities to Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella performance.
In both Swift’s performance and Beyonce’s, the artists are introduced with a whistle and then the flare of a marching band drumline. For some fans, the similarities were hard to overlook.
Swift’s performance has spurred heated debate online, with some Beyonce fans accusing the artist of stealing ideas.
Beyoncé looking at Taylor Swift performance
Stop being daft with this Beyoncé / Taylor drumline thing. Yes, artists have incorporated marching bands/drumlines in performances before but TIMING is everything. The world has been BUZZING since #Homecoming. This ain’t no coincidence.
I don’t know if y’all are seeing this but Taylor Swift is gentrifying Beyonce’s Coachella performance right now
Oh, Beyoncé been using marching bands before Taylor Swift learned how to spell "ME" #BillboardMusicAwards#justsaying
Others have stepped up to defend Swift in light of fan accusations that she copied Beyonce.
Taylor Swift did a drumline before Beyonce at Coachella. Chill out. #BillboardMusicAwards2019
Just btw Beyonce is not the only one who’s ever had a band like that on stage. Marching bands and things like that have been in many of Taylor’s videos and performances before. You belong with me and shake it off had them. So does ME! @taylornation13@taylorswift13#MEonBBMAs
She even worn a marching band outfit during her Fearless Tour in 2009 but you know... people like to insult her for no reason. pic.twitter.com/J89Ys0thm7
I can’t believe that twitter has gotten to the point where people are comparing Beyoncé and Taylor’s drum lines.. so Taylor used drums, lots of people do big whoop.. I love Bey but this really isn’t THAT big of a deal
*taps microphone* you are aware that music industry power players like Taylor and Beyoncé are aware of each other’s next moves & that Taylor incorporating a drumline 2 weeks after Homecoming came out was probably manufactured to make us all talk about them both more, right?
beyoncé’s fans need to chillllll on the taylor hate. they’re friends, beyoncé did not invent using drums in performances. get a life people.
Lets talk about beyonce Walmart Coachella set when she stole from Taylor Swift 1989 tour . #BBMA2019
of all the bad things, copying "Formation" might be the most questionable
It looks like this is going to be a Taylor Swift's "Lemonade". Pumpkin Spice.
THIS LOOKS LIKE A WHITE PARODY OF FORMATION IM SCREAMING
Bustlereported that the dancing in Swift’s video is very similar to Beyonce’s signature moves and that the look of the rooms in Swift’s video seems to mimic "Formation."
Beyond Beyonce, Swift has also been accused of copying a Kenzo perfume ad with her“Delicate”video and mimicking K-pop group 2NE1 with her “Bad Blood” video.
lonely/contemplative look off-cam
silly wink faces
angry gorilla dance
gesturing wildly at man's head not paying attn to u pic.twitter.com/e1AWp7WhtB
@NICKIMINAJ can we talk about how taylor's video isn't original and was copied from a group of four WOC, 2NE1
But, like all artistic endeavors, the cycle of imitation runs deep.
Both Swift and Beyonce’s performances are definitely not the first time that drumlines have been used by popular artists, as many fans pointed out.
Girl, it’s drums... Beyoncé wasn’t the first to use drums in a performance and Taylor definitely isn’t either. Beyoncé had a whole as band and Taylor had just drums. Y’all need to stop comparing the most general things just because you don’t like Taylor.
For everyone saying Taylor Swift did a drum line in 2009, Destinys Child did a drum line sequence in 1999 for bug a boo. #Mayochella and They also did multiple performances in 2005 with a drum line!!!
Nor, others have claimed, is the look of their videos really original.
Before video release: Kahn copying Lemonade
After video release: Kahn copying obscure K Pop video made in North Korean prison in 2006
Over the appropriation BS ... NEXT .. formation is not a new thing! Thx @janetjacksonpic.twitter.com/ufFtn06CXG
When it comes to music videos, you probably will find another like “Me!” and another after that.