Did Beyonce Steal?

Mimi ON May 26, 2011 AT 9:28 am

Beyonce performing Run The World (Girls)

Beyonce performing Run The World (Girls)

Beyonce’s over-the-top Run the World performance at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards got nearly everyone talking – celebrities like Rihanna tweeted “’Congrats to Beyonce on a #MAJAH award and tribute” – but not everyone was impressed.

Critics have found shocking similarities between Beyonce’s performance and a performance by Italian star Lorella Cuccarini just last year. Both artists used giant screens behind them to project visuals that moved with their choreography – but it isn’t just the technique that’s similar. Some of the graphics used in both performances are practically identical, like a wall being shattered into fragments, massive wings, and repeated images of the artists in giant dancing armies.

Beyonce vs Lorella Cuccarini

Beyonce vs Lorella Cuccarini

The only major differences among the performances are that Beyonce’s production was far grander (and probably more expensive) than Cuccarini’s and that Run the World was a more upbeat song than Cuccarini’s soulful ballad. Although we must admit, we definitely prefer Beyonce’s performance… we can’t help thinking it may have just been the same graphics designer behind both…

The video below plays the performances simultaneously so you can see for yourself:

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