Beyonce came under fire this week for her 2011 Billboard Awards performance.
The “Single Lady” singer is accused of stealing the technique from Italian pop star Lorella Cuccarini, who gave a strikingly similar performance last year.
In a statement release, Beyonce admits that her performance was “inspired” by Cuccarini after being shown the routine by her makeup artist.
“My makeup artist showed me the performance of Lorella Cuccarini a year ago, and it inspired me so much,” she told AOL Music. “I then met with the talented people who worked on it. The technology and concept were so genius.”
See a comparison below of the two performance.