Beyonce Sings on 'Oprah' Finale, Accused of Copycat for Billboard Music Awards Performance

May 24, 2011 04:29:38 GMT

As footage of her performance on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' goes viral, Beyonce Knowles is accused of copying an Italian artist for her critically-acclaimed performance at Billboard Music Awards.

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"The Oprah Winfrey Show" which features Beyonce Knowles has aired Monday night, May 23 as part of two-episode finale. The R&B diva delivered her first single "Run the World (Girls)", and footage of her performance at Chicago's United Center has landed online.

Wearing a tuxedo leotard, Beyonce stormed the stage and shouted, "Oprah, we can run the world!" She then led an army of sexy, geeky girls and scholarly dancers to an arousing performance. Oprah Winfrey watched from the audience row along with Tom Cruise.

In another news related to Beyonce, the wife of rapper Jay-Z was hit with unfavorable news once again. The "If I Were a Boy" hitmaker was accused of copying Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini for her show stopping performance at Billboard Music Awards on May 22.

Beyonce played with various visual and special effects for the Sunday night show. Her performance caused buzz on the web, drawing positive reviews from critics and fellow celebrities alike. Missy Elliott, Rihanna, Jermaine Dupri, Estelle, LeToya Luckett, Trey Songz, Omarion, Jazmine Sullivan and Taraji P. Henson were in awe after watching Beyonce at the awards show.

Keri Hilson wrote on Twitter, "THAT S**T WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING...BEYONCE...INCREDIBLE!!" Monica posted on her own page, "Beyonce always has known how to bring the house down...what she does takes diligence, dedication & straight up hard work. She be Killing it." Pink also sang praise for her, "Beyonce just KILLED it at the Billboard awards. So original, so rad. Me and @hartluck loved it."

However, the highly-praised performance doesn't look so original after a footage compiling Beyonce and Lorella's performances hit the web for a comparison. The two female artists can be seen strutting their stuff with a huge white effects screen on the background depicting various images which supported their performances.

Beyonce on "Oprah Winfrey" finale:

Beyonce vs. Lorella:


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posted by rs on May 26, 2011
the lady did hers in 2010 beyonce steals ideal off the internet from people concerts every thing and janet was an icon at 26
posted by te on May 26, 2011
and janet was an icon at 26
posted by te on May 26, 2011
she dont have to work that hard when you copy someone work she did the same thing with single ladies she copied the follies dance routine when is she going to do her own work then i would say she worked hard she copied everything from the time the lady spoke on the side of the screen if it wasnt for them thinking of the ideal and putting stuff together and all that high tech she wouldnt have had a clue so since shreally didnt use her brain to put it together what hard work was it to throw in some dance steps the film she had in the back ground with a army of her she stole that from michael jackson she used that last year in another award show with army men and the ball janet did that in feedback and she said on many ocassion that she dont look on the internet but she said she saw this you cant take someone work and change a couple of things and say you work hard its not original because you didnt think of it
posted by Karen on May 25, 2011
Beyonce rocked that performance unlike anyone else could. No one else could work it that hard. Plus, that kind of technology in performance isn't new at all. I've seen it before both. Some folks seem to really want Beyonce to fail, and she served it as harder than ever. I'm really starting to like this girl and her work ethic.
posted by KJ on May 24, 2011
Tribe Design graphically produced and designed both of the artists performances.
posted by Beck on May 24, 2011
This is ridiculous. Beyonce never claimed that she came up with the idea independently; artists draw inspiration (& technology!) from everywhere. Besides the WAY beyonce used the images interactively & incorporated it into actual dancing choreography was original & honestly the Italian version wasn't half as entertaining as beyonce's because ther wasn't as much charisma or energy in it.
posted by Pat on May 24, 2011
Beyonce is working harder in hers. She's not relying on just the great background.
posted by Janet on May 24, 2011
How do we know that the other young lady did not copy Beyonce or that they don't have the same artist designing for them? Beyonce did not sit down and design her own set.
posted by Janet on May 24, 2011
First of all this is not a new concept. By the way, so many artist are copying Beyonce and no one mentions that . . . Look at Nicole Sherinzer's new video...But who cares? 50 cent thinks he's Jay-Z in her video!!!!
posted by afan on May 24, 2011
I'm so sick and tire of every damm day someone hating ass people are trying to bring Beyonce down, A lot of artist get ideals from other artist, it's ok. It's like getting a new pair of shoes, one pair isn't like the only pair made.
posted by EUNICE on May 24, 2011
One thing i noticed in the music business is that no 1 has thear own staff u addapt somethings from other that u feel u can do better than them so i dont see why beyonce must be cornered by do that and who the hell is that thicking that beyonce can copy them being a diva that she is all the way( what you can do i can i also but in my own way so i dont see how it is yours)!
posted by brr on May 24, 2011
whatever.nobody's really original today.important thing is bey singing live not lipsync like some %^$&* go bey!!!
posted by Micah on May 24, 2011
Um, the United Center "Oprah" performance wasn't live; it was filmed last Tuesday (5/17), before the Billboard Awards Sunday night. So, if anyone, who copied whom?
posted by Tired on May 24, 2011
I am tired of stupid sites like this one trying to hate on Beyonce! That concept has been used COUNTLESS times in Opera and Theater,and you are uneducated to be up claiming that Italian woman invented it! It has been in use a DECADE! Get some culture and appreciate that Beyonce brought it to a new audience and did a SUPERB job of integrating her dancing and singing along with the graphics! Stop the stupidity and see how Great this was! Always trying to demote Beyonce,when you buy any OBVIOUS TRUE rip off that Gaga puts out. Stop the hypocrisy!

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