Entertainment

Taylor Swift Accused Of Imitating Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance At Billboard Music Awards

(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift performed her new single “ME!” at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with Brendan Urie Wednesday night.

The performance struck some Beyoncé fans as familiar and many accused the pop singer of imitating Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” set on social media, the New York Post reported.

The Beyhive, as Beyoncé’s fan base calls themselves, didn’t appreciate the subtle similarities between the two performances.

Swift opened the BBMAs with a marching band, throwing viewers into a frenzy over what some said looked like a rip-off of Beyoncé’s Coachella concert iconography.

One user wrote, “I don’t know if y’all are seeing this, but Taylor Swift is gentrifying Beyoncé’s Coachella performance right now.”

Another added, “Taylor Swift’s performance is the white girl mediocre version of Beyoncé’s Coachella set. Don’t @ me, @ your mom.”

Others weren’t quick to give Beyoncé all the credit saying, “Beyoncé didn’t invent a drum line but you can’t convince me that Taylor Swift, from her early years on a Christmas tree farm, came up with this just like that…” (RELATED: Taylor Swift Opens Up About Finding Happiness And Her New Single)

Swift has been accused of cultural appropriation in the past. After her “Shake It Off” music video premiered the “Reputation” singer faced social media outrage over a scene where she was wearing gold chains and twerking in front of back up dancers.

Fans of Swift jumped in to defend the singer, writing “Taylor Swift did the band theme back in 2008. Y’all need to calm down.”

Another user pointed out that Madonna used the marching band idea before either of the iconic singers decided to use it.

“People need to STFU with the Taylor Swift [and] Beyoncé comparisons. NONE of them invented the drumline. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. ALL artists borrow off each other. Besides, Madonna was before both of them. Case in point … ” the user wrote.