Beyoncé is currently being sued for a whopping $20,000,000 after the family of Messy Mya, a YouTuber who was tragically killed in 2010, accused her of using snippets of his YouTube content without permission on the music video for her song, Formation.
The news comes just days before Beyoncé – who announced her pregnancy with twins last week – performs at the Grammy Awards on February 12, where the song is nominated for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Music Video.
Messy Mya can be heard saying “What happened after New Orleans” and “B*tch I’m back, by popular demand,” at the start of the video. A little later on he can be heard saying “I like that”.
According to Forbes, Messy Mya’s family have claimed Beyoncé not only lifted samples without permission, but also failed to respond when the family attempted to contact her.
Beyoncé is being asked to give Mya proper credit “as a writer, composer, producer and performer” for his contribution to the song, on top of the $20,000,000 in “backdated royalties” and damages.
Last week, Beyoncé’s Instagram pregnancy announcement became the most liked photo on Instagram, and has already racked up 10,000,000 likes.
The singer captioned the photo with a message to her fans, saying, “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.”
It’s not confirmed what song Beyoncé will perform at the Grammys on February 12, but according to TMZ the heavily pregnant singer will “be taking it easier than normal” and will make use of “elaborate digital screens” to make up for her lack of mobility.
Check out the Formation video, and Messy Mya’s original video, below: