Beyonce’s Billboard Music Awards performance of “Run The World (Girls)” made heads turn, but for some, it was for the wrong reason. After the show aired, many accused Bey of copying a 2010 performance by Italian entertainer Lorella Cuccarini. See the similarities in a side-by-side video HERE!

Beyonce, however, is claiming she was inspired, not stealing (of course).

“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,” she told AOL Music.

Media artist Kenzo Digital, the man behind Bey’s production says, “[The Cuccarini artists] are awesome and do incredible work as well, but there are a lot of different inspirations for where our piece came from. If anything, it’s a great example of how great of a performer Beyoncé is. It’s just a bare white screen. It’s a technique in video art since the ’80s in terms of frontal projection and interactive things. That’s really nothing new. It’s not even a new technology. It’s just an incredibly simple, awesome storytelling device, and with a performer like Beyoncé it becomes incredibly powerful,” he told Yahoo! Amplifier.

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