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Updated on May 5, 2019. Posted on May 2, 2019

Here's What You Need To Know About The Beyoncé–Taylor Swift Drama At The BBMAs

"Taylor Swift is gentrifying Beyoncé's Coachella performance right now."

So, last night was the Billboard Music Awards. I'm sure you already know that because the internet is a thing and people didn't stop talking about it all night. Drake was the big winner, walking away with an unfathomable 12 awards.

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I guess you could say Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner were also big winners on the night, considering they left the BBMAs and got freakin' MARRIED!

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Anyway, what you might be surprised to know is that there was also drama about the night between Beyoncé fans and Taylor Swift fans, a wild concept considering that Beyoncé wasn't even in attendance. But hey, that's where I come in to explain what the hell is going on.

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So it all started when Taylor opened the BBMAs with a performance of her new song, "Me". People loved it, but to be honest, I was too busy concentrating on Brendon Urie, who descended from the ceiling like Mary freakin' Poppins.

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Brendon Urie "Look at me like this" challenge.

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Anyway, Brendan wasn't a part of the drama; he was just there looking adorable and serving vocals. The issue stemmed from the beginning of the performance, which opened with a marching band before Taylor strutted onstage and struck a pose.

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Beyoncé fans, however, immediately noticed a similarity. Remember Homecoming, the Netflix documentary about Bey's performance at Coachella? Well, it starts in a similar way, from the whistle blow at the beginning to the marching-band intro.

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And it was very clear that people weren't happy about it.

TAYLOR SWIFT JUST BIT TF OUTTA BEYONCE ON THE BILLBOARD AWARDS ... I’m 💀😭😭😭💀💀💀💀 where is the beyhive????

I don’t know if y’all are seeing this but Taylor Swift is gentrifying Beyonce’s Coachella performance right now

In fact, they weren't happy at all.

TS: Beyoncé can I copy your homework? Bey: Sure just change it up a little so it doesn’t look obviously

Beyoncé looking at Taylor Swift performance

So... Beyoncé makes a lot of other performers look lazy.

Of course, it didn't take long for Taylor Swift fans to bite back, and from then on, it was just all-out war.

#Mayochella everyone cyber bullying Taylor Swift as if Beyoncé invented whistles, drums and putting your hand on your hip. Beyoncé is an icon but you're all assholes and honestly so stupid if you think that either Beyoncé or Taylor care about what you think.

beyonce invented standing on stage with two legs how could taylor do that ??? SHE'S A COPY CAT BEYONCE DID THAT FIRST 😡😡😡 https://t.co/Jv3iOjaB5s

I AM SICK AND TIRED OF YOU ALL ATTACKING @taylorswift13 HER PERFORMANCE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH BEYONCÉ. LEAVE TAYLOR ALONE. SHE JUST WANTS TO BE FUCKING HAPPY OMFG YALL ARE TRASH.

Interestingly, Beyoncé's art director tweeted amid the drama, simply posting a crying-face emoji. Who knows what that was in reference to...?

Anyway, others said that people shouldn't compare the two and both Bey and Tay are super successful in their own right.

Girl, it’s drums... Beyoncé wasn’t the first to use drums in a performance and Taylor definitely isn’t either. Beyoncé had a whole as band and Taylor had just drums. Y’all need to stop comparing the most general things just because you don’t like Taylor. https://t.co/ORySBD7tQf

I can’t believe that twitter has gotten to the point where people are comparing Beyoncé and Taylor’s drum lines.. so Taylor used drums, lots of people do big whoop.. I love Bey but this really isn’t THAT big of a deal

Let's also not forget that Beyoncé and Taylor are at least on friendly terms. Back in 2009, when Kanye West infamously interrupted Taylor's VMAs acceptance speech, Beyoncé later invited Taylor up onstage to give the speech again.

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And there doesn't seem to be an obvious reason that the two wouldn't still be on friendly terms now.

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Beyoncé has even attended Taylor's birthday parties in the past.

Oh, and conspiracy-theory time.

*taps microphone* you are aware that music industry power players like Taylor and Beyoncé are aware of each other’s next moves & that Taylor incorporating a drumline 2 weeks after Homecoming came out was probably manufactured to make us all talk about them both more, right?

Meanwhile, Paula Abdul was doing this, which I think deserves waaaaay more attention.

BuzzFeed has reached out to reps of Beyoncé and Taylor for comment.

Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

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