The Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger Said 1 Beyoncé Song Sounded Like Her Music

The Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger is a massive Beyoncé fan. However, her fandom hasn’t stopped her from saying a Beyoncé song sounded like one of her own songs. Here’s a look at what she said — and how Beyoncé’s group Destiny’s Child inspired a hit by The Pussycat Dolls.

Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls wearing headphones
Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls | Vladimir Rys/Getty Images

The Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger thought this song ‘humanized’ Beyoncé

In 2013, Beyoncé released the track “Bow Down,” which she would later rework into the anthem “Flawless.” During an interview with Capital FM, Scherzinger reacted to “Bow Down.” “I’m probably Beyoncé’s biggest fan,” she revealed. “I love Bey, I think she’s Queen Bey for sure, nobody can touch her, but I don’t know. I think there’s going to be really great music hopefully to follow – but I’m not used to the song yet.”

Scherzinger felt the track made Beyoncé seem like a real person. “You feel kind of an angst with it, she’s saying a couple of lyrics, like ‘I’m not just his girl’, so obviously she’s going through her own internal stuff and it really humanizes her,” she added. “She doesn’t have to be perfect all of the time and like ‘I’m singing everything always perfect.’ It’s cool, a real fan, you got to roll through this.”

“Bow Down” live

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In addition, Scherzinger said “Bow Down” sounded like her own song “Lean Like Me” from her album “Actually my choreographer who worked with us both said we should have released your song ‘Lean Like Me’ because Bey’s releasing this song and it sounds like the same club track,” she said. Scherzinger never released “Lean Like Me,” either as a solo song or as a Pussycat Dolls track, so fans can only speculate how much it sounded like “Bow Down.”

Nicole Sherzinger | Ian Jacobs/Getty Images

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Beyoncé inspired Nicole Scherzinger to write this song for The Pussycat Dolls

Scherzinger’s connection to Beyoncé extends beyond her views on “Bow Down.” During an interview with The Guardian, Scherzinger said the Pussycat Dolls were inspired by a lineage of empowering girl groups like En Vogue, TLC, the Spice Girls, and Destiny’s Child. She specifically said Destiny’s Child’s classic hit “Independent Women Part 1” inspired her to write The Pussycat Dolls’ “I Don’t Need a Man.” “I Don’t Need a Man” reached No. 93 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining there for one week. 

“I Don’t Need a Man”

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In addition, Scherzinger performed a song called “Just Stand Up” alongside other superstars like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Mary J. Blige, and Mariah Carey during a telethon called Stand Up to Cancer. While Scherzinger heard some similarities between “Bow Down” and one of her songs, she wasn’t shy about the fact that Destiny’s Child inspired The Pussycat Dolls — and she even worked with Queen B.

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