I think we all knew that a response to allegations that Beyonce stole the dance moves for her video, “Countdown,” was coming and it’s here. Belgian choreographer, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, claimed that Beyonce blatantly copied the dance moves and costumes from her 1983 piece, “Rosas danst Rosas” as well as a 1990 piece, “Achterland.” Beyonce is saying that she was simply “paying tribute” and didn’t plagiarize anything.

Knowles released this statement Tuesday:

“Clearly, the ballet ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ was one of many references for my video ‘Countdown.’ It was one of the inspirations used to bring the feel and look of the song to life.”

“I was also paying tribute to the film, ‘Funny Face’ with the legendary Audrey Hepburn. My biggest inspirations were the ’60s, the ’70s, Brigitte Bardot, Andy Warhol, Twiggy and Diana Ross. I’ve always been fascinated by the way contemporary art uses different elements and references to produce something unique.”

This is the third time Beyonce has been accused of stealing dance moves. The first time was for her “Single Ladies” video and the second time was for her Billboard Awards performance that was inspired by the work of Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini.

After all of this drama I think it’s a good idea for Beyonce to stop “paying tribute” to the works of others in her videos and performances. If she does want to continue to do this, how about a disclaimer or mention of the person whose work she is honoring before or after her video/performance. Just a suggestion. What do you think?


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  • LurkerG

    It comes down to this. Even in this day and age one might find their own niche, their own style that isn’t “influenced” or “straight-jacked” from the immediately recognized works of others.

    Take a chance. Really and truly step out and create your own. Artists do it everyday. “Work of Art” returns to the BRAVO Network soon. I cannot wait to see what those inspiring, practicing artists come up with as the cast from the first season. It can be done!

    Beyonce is huge enough to take a chance not only with her ‘songwriting’ but with her ‘visuals’…and to take that chance without having a boardroom meeting for six/seven choreographers and style reps to decide how the video will fly. I get she is a business, but this is art at the end of the day; it SHOULD be. At least it is for AnneAnne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

    Just stay on the level. Create art….NOT replicas.

  • D.

    artists don’t make money from videos. they are promotional items. purely an expense and not income generating. that is how she is able it “get away with this.” it’s just a video.

    • promotional items generate income (more record sales, interest in shows, etc), so money is being made. especially if the videos are mostly watched online –> advertising dollars. so its not just a video.

    • D.

      yes, @a.chigozie but they don’t generate income directly for the artists in the places that they are shown. It’s an awareness model – similar to a commercial. advertising dollars online are largely to the sites showing them – not the content creator. As a matter of fact, the artist in most cases PAID to have the video shown on the site. While vevo is more of a partnership vehicle – those deals are fostered between the label/distributor and vevo/youtube – not the artist. The artist may generate income from it in the spatial sense – but it is not a direct result of the video itself. A video doesn’t generate income in the same way a direct product does.

  • princiceppa

    anybody who even excuse Bey’s theft has never had their own creative work taken or happen to be people who take others creative work. She outright stole. If she really was paying tribute she could have talked to the choreographer when she was in st tropez (it ain’t too far from Belgium, in fact it maybe be a train away) lol. They knew who they were stealing from, all it would have taken is a long distance phone call to ask permission or acknowledge the piece and then its done. Just because she isn’t know in North American society doesn’t mean that she doesn’t exist. We are not the standard in determining how popular a piece is.

  • Reality_Check

    I swear if people said Beyonce killed Steve Jobs black bitter underrachieving women would drink the juice. Get over Beyonce, and concentrate on your own pathetic unfulfilled lives! Let the artists whose work is stolen deal with Beyonce, at the end of the day she’ll get paid and not you.

  • s

    i agree, what tribute ! she’s caught and talks her way out of it