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Taylor Swift’s Billboard Music Awards Performance Raised Some Eyebrows

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Taylor Swift opened this year’s Billboard Music Awards with the very first live performance of her new single “Me!” alongside Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie. But the number has left some people wondering if maybe Taylor hasn’t seen any Netflix specials lately. Or Coachella performances. Or … the internet. You see, Swift appeared onstage after an extended drumline sequence that reminded a lot of people very much of Beyoncé. More specifically, the opening of Beyoncé’s Coachella performance, which was the subject of the very recently released Netflix documentary and live album, Homecoming. A thing that has been an undeniably big deal in music this year (and last year, and probably all future years). It’s not the first time Swift will have had to deal with accusations of imitating Beyoncé, but hey, maybe it’s just a really big coincidence.

Taylor Swift at the Billboard Music Awards Raised Eyebrows