Fans accuse Taylor Swift of ‘copying’ Beyoncé’s performance at 2019 Billboard Awards

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Taylor Swift took the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage Wednesday evening, where she opened up the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with her newest single “ME!” — in a performance that had some viewers claiming she copied Beyoncé.

Swift was backed by dancers wearing bright, pastel colors and her featured guest, Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, descended from the ceiling holding an umbrella. There were also dancers spinning in the air holding umbrellas.

But it’s the marching band that kicked off Swift’s performance that has the Internet buzzing.

Many viewers accused the 29-year-old singer of “copying” Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella set — highlighted in the superstar’s recent Netflix “Homecoming” documentary — which notably featured a marching band performance.

“Taylor Swift is copying Beyonce again. Her marching band was was better #BBMAs,” one viewer on Twitter wrote.

Echoed another individual: “Taylor Swift out here copying Beyoncé performance at Coachella. #BillboardMusicAwards.”

“Who is this opening act copying #Beyonce with the marching band?…Ughh. It’s #TaylorSwift #BBMAs,” tweeted one person.


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