There’s nothing new under the sun, especially when it comes to music. Many of our favorite artists were inspired by other musicians: Michael Jackson by James Brown, Whitney Houston by Chaka Khan, etc. But when does the line between inspiration and all-out copying get blurred?

Beyoncé is often lambasted for copying. After most of her performances, photo shoots and music videos, some ambitious researcher on the internet discovers and exposes her source of inspiration, and it goes viral. Then, Beyoncé comes forward and acknowledges that she was inspired by said artist. It happened for her “Countdown” video, 2011 Billboard Awards performance, 2013 Superbowl costume, Pepsi commercial and more.

The latest case of Déjà vu involves her Mrs. Carter Show tour book and Estonian singer Kerli. Beyoncé not only rocks the same Amato Haute Couture dress with wing-like shoulder ornamentation as Kerli, but the images are strikingly similar. They are both in black and white and in both cases, the dress was spray-painted white. Beyoncé’s tour book images were revealed last week; Kerli wore the spray-painted dress on her Utopia album earlier this year.

Kerli underscores the similarities saying:

“I gotta say it’s pretty damn cool to see Queen B Beyoncé rock something I spray painted white on my patio for Utopia 8) The dress was originally nude and made by the brilliant Furne One ♥♥ Whooop!”

Critics are chalking it up as yet another instance of Beyoncé copying, but is it just a case of her being inspired by another artist? What are your thoughts, Clutchettes?


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  • shontal

    I have a question for the commentators of Beyonce; Are you as critical of Tyler Perry’s body of work? Or is this criticism limited to recording artists?

    • actually, yes. yes i am. probably even more so!

  • Ash

    I’m okay with her lack of originality. I’d just wish she’d be like, “This look was inspired by ______” and give credit. That’s it.

  • Nnaattaayy

    #BeyHive coming through!! Beyonce can’t help if she rock’s it better :p the artists’ should be flattered!

  • They’re all illuminati puppets with no real decision-making ability–from fashion to music, which is why all the same ideas overlap & intertwine. There’s no artistry, it
    s merely programming.

  • howard king

    *CLAPS* This post said everything!

    Beyonce has NO identity! I started to become repulse by her theiving ways back in her Bday era, when she was copying Shakira. She not only started singing in spanish (just to compete with shakira not like she gave an ish bout spanish music) and not only did she copy Shakira’s dance moves, she also went as far to copy Shakira’s vocal ad libs “ayee”.
    Bey stans in their desperation try to say Aaliyah did Shakira moves first. FAIL! anyone cultured enough will know Shakiras moves are nothing like Aaliyah and it’s foolish and unacceptable to be this stupid.

    Yep I peeped how she copied Kylie to. I mean its one thing copying from the previous generations but to copy your peers and things being done during your generation is pathetic.

    Beyonce needs an idenitity. Go to Youtube and search how she HERSELF admits she steals from others.