Beyoncé's Billboard Number Rips Off Italian Singer (video) 1Beyoncé’s stage set for her showcase Billboard Music Awards number appears to have been ripped off from Italian pop singer Lorella Cuccerini, down to the visuals, dancers and sequencing.

Cuccarini, who is popular in Italy but not well known outside her home country, gave her performance last year and the similarities with Beyonce’s Billboard number are too numerous to be a coincidence, according to a YouTube comparison of the two shows.

Beyonce’s startling performance to her new single “Run The World (Girls)” drew a standing ovation from the audience, in part, because of its striking visuals and choreography.

Signature features such as the singer sprouting wings, a wall that Beyoncé shatters and silhouettes of the singers multiplying to form armies of back up dancers are in both performances.

The only real difference is the scale. Beyonce’s set design is far more eleborate and high-tech.

And the songs. Beyonce’s is more dance-driven and up tempo, while Lorella’s is more like a soulful ballad.

Beyonce’s version is on a far grander scale and is performed to her single which is a more energetic and upbeat song than Lorella’s more soulful one.

After the show, accolades poured in from celebrities via Twitter.

Rap Hip-Hop singer Missy Elliott, who is now a successful producer, wrote: ‘BEYONCE go awwf! Wow!!! All I can say! BEYONCE a True Entertainer!! U Deserve the Success! Such a Hard Worker!’

Even rival Rihanna, who gave Beyonce a standing ovation, was full of praise: “Congrats to Beyonce on a #MAJAH award and tribute,” she Tweeted.

Kenzo Digital was behind the Billboard Awards performance video, while the overall production was by Tribe Inc.

No word yet from the Beyonce’ on the embarrassing inicident.