Somehow, someway, the internet has figured out a way to turn Beychella, Beyoncé’s epic, Blackness celebratory stage-shutdown at Saturday night’s Coachella kickoff (April 14), into a debate that pits her against another worldwide megastar, supreme stage performer, and eulogized musical great, Michael Jackson.
The BeyHive and Moonwalkers played Twitter tug-of-war with the G.O.A.T. crown for the greatest performer of all time in the “Michael Jackson or Beyoncé” debate. From the BeyHive’s position, Bey’s worthiness comes from a combination of aesthetic multitude, live vocal versatility, breathtaking choreography and thematic skillfulness for every stage she’s graced. On the contrary, MJ fans have spat back, not only did the Jackson family icon master those same aforementioned stage gifts, but was able to send swarms of fainting fans to the emergency room while doing it.
But, everyone else is doing away with the argument entirely, reminding each respective fan base of eras, musical styles and even gender as viable reasons for why the debate is…well, undebatable.
See all three sides of the Queen Bey versus King of Pop disputes below.
I cannot believe you guys are up here comparing Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. Someone always has to be better with y'all. Y'all just can't appreciate talent and move on? pic.twitter.com/ACouFjLy0o— amorphous (@loneamorphous) April 15, 2018
Beyoncé is a better performer than Michael Jackson. pic.twitter.com/VGafKmid7J— Beysus † Godga (@BeyLovesGaga) April 15, 2018
Beyoncé is not the Michael Jackson of this generation. Beyoncé is not better than Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson is Michael Jackson, Beyoncé is Beyoncé. They both are legends. You don’t compare legends to each other.— smooth riminal (@appleheadass) April 15, 2018
Beyoncé has surpassed MJ just like how MJ passed James Brown. Nothing to diminish their talent, legacy, rep, or career. Just simply student surpassing teacher. So when i say Beyoncé is the greatest artist, vocalist, performer, and entertainer ever, i mean it.— Beyoncé's Apprentice (@TrellBeyLike) April 16, 2018
Michael Jackson set hisself on 🔥 for us.. Still gave us the thumbs up with 3rd degree burns on his head. pic.twitter.com/jmqnGXpcrp— Black Shaggy (@villaintalk01) April 16, 2018
Someone comparing Beyonce and MJ said, no one will remember a Beyonce song 30 years from now.... pic.twitter.com/ZVzRIJndWN— pawPaw (@Kris_Warbukkz) April 16, 2018
Greatest performers of ALL TIME— Jess 👸🏽 (@QueenYonceeee) April 16, 2018
2. Michael Jackson
3. Bruno Mars
4. Lady Gaga
No where should sneak Chris Brown here, he sucks . pic.twitter.com/VYXee8Qqna
The fact that you're comparing to an icon whom Bey draws her inspiration from alone tells you MJ is the better performer. However let's just appreciate both exceptional talents both are #BlackExcellence to the core. But MJ inspired so many. Including Beyonce but she's not better pic.twitter.com/RbFudwR27k— The Alkebulan Trust (@Alkebulan_Trust) April 16, 2018
It’s been how many days since Beyoncé performance?? & haters still trying to stop people from comparing her to MJ. pic.twitter.com/6xyZklevwI— Wakanda Forever. (@tharealivory) April 16, 2018
Beyoncè said nobody compares to Michael Jackson herself so idk why y’all go through these gymnastics to prove otherwise.— iNEED that yellow ΒΔΚ hoodie now. (@AceRedBand1t) April 15, 2018
THE REASON WHY PPL DONT GIVE BEYONCÉ THE CREDIT LIKE MJ IS CUZ SHES A WOMAAANNNN! PERIOD!— LA CABRA (@lolchjloe) April 16, 2018
Michael Jackson hopping out of his grave after looking at y’all say Beyoncé is the best entertainer of all time. pic.twitter.com/SdySxUoGti— Ani (@justANIWANI) April 16, 2018
I just find it funny how the only arguments that MJ is a better performer than Beyoncé have been— kay (@beyoncehatesme) April 16, 2018
1. He stood still and people screamed
2. People pass out at his show
Both of which have nothing to do with his overall performance capabilities AND both have happened to Beyoncé.
You smoking regs if you think Beyonce is better than MJ. Seriously y’all disrespectful— ceaze🤕 (@CEAZEXVILLAIN45) April 15, 2018
(Photos from left: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella, LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)