Beyoncé's performance of "Run the World (Girls)" at last Sunday's Billboard Music Awards earned her a standing ovation and had fans buzzing, but some are criticizing the singer for copying another performer's routine. Italian pop star Lorella Cuccarini gave a similar performance last year.
Both singers performed in front of a screen which featured synchronized graphics and dancers. Beyoncé admits she was aware of Cuccarini's routine, and called it an inspiration.
Photos: 2011 Billboard Music Awards
She tells AOL Music, "My makeup artist showed me the performance of Lorella Cuccarini a year ago, and it inspired me so much. I then met with the talented people who worked on it. The technology and concept were so genius. Thank God for YouTube or I would have never been exposed to something so inspiring. I never worked so hard on anything in my life as that performance for the Billboard Awards."
What do you think? Inspiration or blatant rip-off? Watch the performances side by side and weigh in.