SALT LAKE CITY — One of these things is a lot like the other, at least according to some Beyonce fans.
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.
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.
Others have stepped up to defend Swift in light of fan accusations that she copied Beyonce.
It looks like this is going to be a Taylor Swift's "Lemonade". Pumpkin Spice. pic.twitter.com/ffXJOl8pQf— Tartuffe! The spry wonder dog (@DomTheHuman) August 25, 2017
THIS LOOKS LIKE A WHITE PARODY OF FORMATION IM SCREAMING pic.twitter.com/Br3CqpdyIo— drew (@foolsIikeyou) August 25, 2017
Bustle reported 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."Comment on this story
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.
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.
Nor, others have claimed, is the look of their videos really original.
When it comes to music videos, you probably will find another like “Me!” and another after that.