Taylor Swift Slammed for Stealing from Beyonce

The lighting, pops of pink, risers and staging were reminiscent — others might call it derivative (or worse) — of Queen Bey’s Coachella show.

KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY IMAGES FOR COACHELLA, ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGESThe parallels resulted in the Swift-targeted hashtag #Mayochella and criticismthat compared Swift to a “professional troll.”

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From the intro whistle to the sound effects to the entrance, I can’t. #mayochella2,8303:58 AM – May 2, 20191,151 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacyView image on Twitter

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Courtney Enlow@courtenlow

What in the Melania copying Michelle’s speech is this. #Mayochella5,72711:21 AM – May 2, 20191,504 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

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@mattwhitlockPM

the beyoncé i want vs the beyoncé my mom says we have at home2,7006:14 AM – May 2, 2019706 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacyBeyoncé’s “Homecoming” documentary, which dropped on Netflix just two weeks ago, showcases the thought and rehearsal that went into her Coachella performances, designed, she said, to honor African-American culture and historically black universities through her music selections, costumes and choreography. Beyoncé was the first black woman to headline Coachella.Her performances at the event, affectionately dubbed “Beychella” by attendees, were without question history-making and distinctly Beyoncé. But other artists, too, have used marching bands and drumlines in their stage work.Prince performed “1999” and “Baby I’m a Star” with the Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band during his 2007 Super Bowl halftime show — often cited as the best Super Bowl performance of all time.

Prince performed with the Florida A&M University marching band during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007.

Prince performed with the Florida A&M University marching band during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007.Gwen Stefani opened the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, accompanied by a full marching band to perform “Hollaback Girl.”

Gwen Stefani performs "Hollaback Girl" (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Gwen Stefani performs “Hollaback Girl” (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)Madonna, too, incorporated a drumline theme in her 2012 “MDNA” tour.

Madonna performing at NIA Arena in 2012.

Madonna performing at NIA Arena in 2012.Swift supporters on Twitter pointed out that Wednesday wasn’t the first time she’s performed with a marching band.

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Hesham Mashhour@TweetsHesham

I’ve got one response for everyone who thinks Taylor Swift tipped off Beyonce with her use of a drum line at the #BBMA2019 – this is #TaylorSwift in 200910:17 AM – May 2, 2019See Hesham Mashhour’s other TweetsTwitter Ads info and privacyView image on Twitter

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Taylor Swift opening her Fearless tour with a marching band – 2009
Beyoncé at Coachella -2018
Taylor at the #BMAs – 2019
411:07 AM – May 2, 2019See Lily Smith’s other TweetsTwitter Ads info and privacyMaybe Swift was inspired by Beyoncé (weren’t we all). She hasn’t said.

But the way pop culture repeats itself, she definitely won’t be the last artist moving to the beat of a drumline.

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