Taylor Swift Accused of Stealing Beyonce's Swag at BBMA's: You Be The Judge

Taylor Swift’s Billboard Music Awards performance isn’t the first time she’s been accused of copying Beyonce

ByArianna Rees@AriWRees

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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.

Take a look atSwift’s performanceand then the trailer for Beyonce’s film“Homecoming.”

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.

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Marley@irondyketyson
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.
Guide Lee@Chuck_Des
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.

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KINSEY SCHOFIELD✔@kinseyschofield
Taylor Swift did a drumline before Beyonce at Coachella. Chill out. #BillboardMusicAwards2019

Jared Swift✨ME!@jaredmycal
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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
Mélissa😏🍁🇨🇦@Oh_My_Alonsoxox
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
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11:36 PM - May 1, 2019
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A🦄@textmebxck
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
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11:25 PM - May 1, 2019
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Glennis@Glennis_LaRoe
*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?
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9:38 PM - May 1, 2019
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Katie Stanley✌️@katieeestanley
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.
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11:10 PM - May 1, 2019
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luqman@TSWlFTOUTSOLD
Lets talk about beyonce Walmart Coachella set when she stole from Taylor Swift 1989 tour . #BBMA2019
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10:21 PM - May 1, 2019

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It isn't the first time Swift has been accused of copying Beyonce. In 2017, Swift came under fire for the similarities between her“Look What You Made Me Do”video andBeyonce’s “Formation.”

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Andrew Gruttadaro✔@andrewgrutt
of all the bad things, copying "Formation" might be the most questionable
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8:59 AM - Aug 25, 2017

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Tartuffe! The spry wonder dog@DomTheHuman
It looks like this is going to be a Taylor Swift's "Lemonade". Pumpkin Spice.
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9:23 AM - Aug 25, 2017

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drew@foolsIikeyou
THIS LOOKS LIKE A WHITE PARODY OF FORMATION IM SCREAMING
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7:16 AM - Aug 25, 2017

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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."

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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.

kenny wassus✔@kgw
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✔ lonely/contemplative look off-cam
✔ silly wink faces
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kenny wassus✔@kgw
✔ angry gorilla dance
✔ gesturing wildly at man's head not paying attn to u pic.twitter.com/e1AWp7WhtB
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tay.🤠@arianafenty
@NICKIMINAJ can we talk about how taylor's video isn't original and was copied from a group of four WOC, 2NE1
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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.

t⭐️@reputytion
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.
クリス RULES@ChrisRules_
“One of these things is not like the other” #BBMAs
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Justin Cannon@J_Buffy25
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!!!
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Nor, others have claimed, is the look of their videos really original.

Joseph Kahn✔@JosephKahn
 ·Aug 25, 2017
Before video release: Kahn copying Lemonade
After video release: Kahn copying obscure K Pop video made in North Korean prison in 2006 😘
Joni Abria@jayswiftME
Over the appropriation BS ... NEXT .. formation is not a new thing! Thx @janetjacksonpic.twitter.com/ufFtn06CXG
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When it comes to music videos, you probably will find another like “Me!” and another after that.

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