Beyonce took time to acknowledge that Italian artist Lorella Cuccarini was indeed an inspiration for her Billboard performance. Her is what she told AOL Music:
"My makeup artist showed me the performance of Lorella Cuccarini a year ago, and it inspired me so much," Beyonce tells AOL Music, exclusively. "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." source
There you have it people.