Beyoncé admits that her powerhouse performance at the Billboard Music Awards wasn’t a completely original idea.
The world marveled at Bey’s set for "Who Run the World (Girls)" as the diva manifested clones of herself and danced in sync with animations projected behind her. A few days later whispers that she ripped off the idea from an Italian singer named Lorella Cuccarini surfaced.
Beyoncé, who took home the Billboard Millenium Award on Sunday, sat down with AOL music to reveal that she put her own spin on Lorella’s idea from 2010.
"My makeup artist showed me the performance of Lorella Cuccarini a year ago, and it inspired me so much," Bey said. "I then met with the talented people who worked on it. The technology and concept were so genius."
The "Run the World" singer credits modern technology for helping her experience such an innovative performance that she could base her own stage show upon. That doesn’t mean Bey didn’t put in work to do her set some justice and make it amazing. It’s not an exact copy afterall.
"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.”
— Sonya Eskridge