Beyonce Pays Tribute To The Late Etta James

by (@kat_george)

With music icons taking to Twitter today to share their condolences for the passing of the legendary Etta James, Beyoncé posted a personal message of admiration on her website. Of the late Etta James, Beyoncé wrote the following:

“This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.”

The message was accompanied by Bey’s performance of “At Last” for Fashion Rocks 2008, in which her reverence for James is overt and sincere.

But while James appeared all smiles at the event, there was some tension between the two after Beyoncé sang James’ classic song for Barack and Michelle Obama’s first dance at the Neighborhood Ball where Obama was inaugurated as President of the United States. James hit out at Bey shortly afterwards saying, “she’s going to get her ass whupped.” James later claimed to have been joking in her diss of Beyoncé saying, “I didn’t really mean anything. Even as a little child, I’ve always had that comedian kind of attitude.”

Etta James: I’m gonna whup Beyoncé’s ass [The Guardian]
Etta James truly miffed about Obama snub, but was kidding about disliking Beyonce [NY Daily News]

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