Beyonce followed up her epic Billboard Awards performance today with another rendition of “Run the World Girls”, this time live on the Oprah finale. The performance was taped last week, so technically it could be considered the first live showing of the song.
Once again, Bey brought the fire to the stage in terms of singing and dancing, but all-in-all this one was a bit of a let down. Without the fancy ‘effects’ concept that we saw at the Billboards Award, this performance came across as nothing more than a rehash of the Sasha Fierce era – in particular, the “Single Ladies” VMAs performance. It was just the same old thing we’ve seen a million times before from Bey, and it’s a disappointment in an era when all the top female stars are re-inventing themselves. It’s not Bey’s skills as a performer that’s the problem; it’s everything else.
Oh, and speaking of the Billboard Awards, it turns out that Beyonce copied that whole awesome performance concept with the white effects screen from Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini (proof below).
Who else would give the greatest performance of their whole career, and then get busted the next day for copying it from somebody else? Only Bey.