Jennifer Lopez Is Being Accused of Copying Beyoncé With New Performance
Is this copy cat performance a form of flattery or a case of something more serious?
If you watched Jennifer Lopez's 2020 American Music Awards performance on Nov. 22, you might have experienced a bit of déjà vu. Fans of Beyoncé, better known as the Beyhive, were quick to compare Lopez's performance of "Pa' Ti" and "Lonely" with singer Maluma to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 2014 Grammy performance of "Drunk in Love." And when you look at the Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé performances next to one another, it's hard to ignore the similarities.
While neither J. Lo nor Beyoncé have commented on the situation, fans and critics have taken to social media to discuss the similarities. Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and suggest that perhaps Lopez was paying tribute to Beyoncé; however, many others seem to feel differently. From how the stars' hair was styled to their moves on stage, check out the comparisons between Beyoncé and Lopez's performances six years apart to judge for yourself. And for more recent Hollywood drama, check out ABC Sitcom Star Quits, Calling Show a "Toxic Environment."
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During their respective performances, both singers were wearing black long-sleeved bodysuits with mesh cutouts, sheer tights, and black pumps. And to learn how you can be more like Beyoncé, check out The One Thing Beyoncé Says She Tries to Do for 5 Minutes Every Day.
Both of the women were rocking short, textured, blonde hair that was styled to appear wet.
The two performances both prominently featured choreography that made use of a black chair. Some of the moves Beyoncé and J. Lo did with the chair were even quite similar. The former's number was choreographed by Dana Foglia and Jennifer Lopez's choreographer has not yet been identified. And for more interesting information delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
The linear lighting
The most unequivocal commonality between the two performances is the lighting. Both stages were dark with deep hues of red, purple, and blue, but that's not even the most uncanny aspect. When both Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé sang alone, shadowed lines were projected onto them. The only difference? Beyoncé's striped lighting was horizontal while Lopez's was vertical. And to see why Lopez teared up while accepting an award recently, check out Watch Jennifer Lopez Fight Back Tears While Accepting Her Latest Award.
The final pose
Both Beyoncé and Jay-Z and J. Lo and Maluma ended their performances in back-to-back poses, again the only difference being that the latter two were seated. And to see how Beyoncé got her name, check out The Secret Origin Story of Beyoncé's Name You Never Knew.