May 25, 2011

It looks like the swagger jackin' accusations have found there way to Beyonce's doorstep again. This time the 'Who Run the World (Girls)' singer is accused of copying Italian singer, dancer, actress, and television host Lorella Cuccarini when it comes to her 2011 Billboard performance.

In my opinion, Beyonce still rocked that performance regardless of who she got the idea from. This isn't the first time Bey has been accused of sampling someone else's idea. I'm sure it won't be the last.

Below is a comparison video of the two performances:

In February 2010, Lorella took the stage at the 60th Sanremo Music Festival in Italy and delivered a show before a white screen and digital accompaniments that has drawn undeniable comparisons to Beyoncé's Billboard Music Awards performance.
As Lorella danced, the backdrop was filled with computerized birds, a bouncing ball, a red staff, a set of wings, a series of drums, and an army of choreographed clones, all of which also appeared in Beyoncé's set.

Kenzo Digital, who spent a month creating Beyoncé's interactive video, said Lorealla concert footage is only part of the inspiration for Beyoncé's show. "[The Cuccarini artists] are awesome and do incredible work as well, but there are a lot of different inspirations for where our piece came from," he told our Amplifier blog.
While it is clear that Beyoncé used the same visual concept as Lorella, Kenzo makes a valid point: both performances contain numerous unique qualities.
Lorella's four-minute routine was a tribute of sorts to American pop music that included pieces of Gwen Stefani's "Holla Back Girl," Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," and Peggy Lee's "Fever."




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