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Etta James to Beyoncé:

I'll Whoop Your Ass!

2/4/2009 8:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Etta Goes Off: Click to listenThis is not a joke: 71-year-old Etta James actually threatened to beat the crap out of Beyoncé Knowles -- and it's caught all on tape!

The war is all over Etta's song, "At Last " -- Beyoncé sang the tune at Obama's 1st Inauguration Ball on Jan. 20th ... but last week at a concert in Seattle, James was still pissed.

While on stage, Etta told the crowd, "Your President, the one with the big ears ... he had that woman singing my song. She gone get her ass whipped."

She continued, "The great Beyoncé ... I can't stand Beyoncé," according to audio from Crown City Media.

Ironically Etta didn't kick up this sorta fuss when Beyoncé portrayed her in "Cadillac Records."

Reps for Beyoncé had no comment.


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Etta James is WAS cool but now she's just a bitter old lady who nobody in the 21st Century gives a damn about!

2048 days ago


You guys should be ashamed of yourselves, you sounds just as ignorant as Etta James when she said that dumb sh*t. First of all how old are you? Who's a** will you whip? And how do you suppose you're going to do that?

Personally Beyonce's version is A LOT better. Etta sounds like a freaking man. An old man! She is tacky, tastless, and immature. Grow up please, before its too late lol

and the rest of you...please stop hating on Beyonce, she has done nothing to any of you. The numbers speak for themselves, she is the most talented (sings, dances, acts, writes, produces) female artist. Name a better performer than Beyonce! There's no one. You don't have to like her, but give respect where respect is due.

Besides, that isn't Etta's song anyways!
" the 71-year-old not write the song, she wasn't even the first -- or second -- to record it!
Glenn Miller did it first in 1942, followed by Nat King Cole in 1957. Etta got around to recording it in 1961. In fact, Glenn's version ranked higher on the Billboard Pop Singles chart than Etta's ever did.
FYI -- neither Miller nor Cole ever threatened to beat Etta's ass -- although it's about time someone knocks some sense into that lady. "
taken directly from TMZ!

2040 days ago



2027 days ago


you people are so ignorant talking about anybody like that eda is wrong and just jealous of Beyonce cause Barack asked her 2 sing it and not her old 90 year old self. and the people who is talking about Beyonce and calling her b****** and stuff as soon as you saw her in person you'd be on her jock so shut up and go educate yourself by reading a book.

2069 days ago

Lateefah D.    

I mean I had all types of respect for Etta James being only 21 but after hearing what she said to her crowd I have lost that respect for her. Does anyone else say anything when another person "borrows" their orignal song? Taking Kanye West and Busta Rhymes for example. Kanye's "stronger" and Busta rhymes's "Touch it" are both from Daft Punk. "Touch it" is "Technologic" by Daft punk. you dont hear Daft punk Bitching and complaining about how they "Borrowed" their songs. Etta James version is better but still dont say u gonna whoop someone's ass over it.

2068 days ago


All of ya'll hatin on Beyonce need to stop. Beyonce can sing, she is talented, and no one is touchin her right now. She's hot right now, and probably will be for a long time, Granted, Etta James is a legend, but she can't get mad at Bey for doin her thing, and she clearly wasn't against beyonce playing her in cadillac records. So she's a hypocrite. Beyonce is hot, she's definitely talented, and she's a very nice person. So stop hatin.

2068 days ago

B fan to the end    

Wow. You would think she would fell honored that of all the songs Beyonce could have sang, she chose tp sing hers. You'd think folks would be mature at 71, but I guess not everyone huh.

2068 days ago


I am NOT a Beyonce fan at all. People make her out 2 be something she's not. I'm soooo glad Ms. Etta James treated her a**. She thinks she's the s**t. Like no one can top her. She needed 2 be put in her place. Beyonce has a nasty a** attitude. I think she takes on roles 2 try 2 prove that she's the best. She is a terrible actor. I don't know why they picked her 2 play the role anyway. I haven't seen any of her movies but I know the s**t is garbage just by watching the damn previews. Her confidence level has jumped extra high since she married Jay Z. They are the perfect couple. He looks like a camel and she can't hold a decent conversation in a damn interview. 2 be honest with u, I'm sick of Beyonce. She needs 2 go hide behind a f*****g rock cause she's PLAYED OUT.

2068 days ago


Some people on here are Beyonce fans and some are not. I'm sure u didn't expect everybody 2 get on here and be on her side? Although I am not a Beyonce fan I can say that she is very talened, She has a beautiful voice and she can dance her a** off but I still don't care for her attitude. She is very vendictive. It seems 2 me like Beyonce is the type of artist who gets back at people if they out-do her. Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar. Beyonce was highly upset about that. She tried 2 be funny when she put some heavy set women in her videos after that. Then when she found out Latoya Luckett launched an comes Beyonce with her "B-Day" album. She knew Latoya couldn't compete with her in album sells. Not 2 mention her putting Latoya's ex boyfriend in the "Check On It" video. She wants 2 be on top 24/7 all the damn time. She made that dumb a** "Ring The Alarm" song cause she thought Rihanna was messing around with Jay Z. (Yuk!!) *throwing up* She got the original members kicked out of Destiny's Child. The list just goes on and on. Why do u think she wanted Michelle in the group? She wants all the attention to be on her. She kicked the attractive one's out the group. And NO!! I'm not saying Michelle is not attractive but u get the point, right? I don't care what ya'll say....Etta James should've put her in her place. Beyonce would've been mad as hell if that happened 2 her and ya'll know it. She trying 2 keep her relationship with Jay Z a secret? 4 what though? Who gives a damn if they're together? Beyonce.....u want 2 be secretive? U should've did that many years ago when the world first found out who u were dating. Ugh!!! Stay strong Ms. Etta James. Fight 4 whats yours. Peace* Beyonce.....u can lick a**.

2068 days ago


Etta betta be careful or she might break her hip!

2068 days ago


Dude...Whatever! Etta is a old woman bitter cause she can't do her thing anymore. So what Beyonce sang her song. AND? Songs are made to be sung, She's mad cause she's not young and beautiful as Beyonce anymore. Come on..grow old gracefully please. And to threaten B like could even whoop her ass to begin would probably break her hip trying. hahahahaha. She should be proud the biggest entertainer in America is even singing her ish. Get over it Etta! She probably doesn't even have her nurse sees this and relays the message.

2067 days ago


I cant stand Beyonce fake ass! Her funky ass mama , and daddy act like they care for beyonce more than solange! I like solange because she keep it real! F___ beyonce, and her asthma ass BIG LIP HUSBAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2067 days ago


listen here etta james is the old version of music and beyonce is the new...get over yourself youre old outdated and shriveled...sit your a** down, shut up, take a puff on your oxygen tank, and collect your royalties...with all the economic crisis, wars, 9/11, plane crashes, stock dropping like hotcakes, dead soldiers and God knows everything ought to be ashamed of yourself attacking that girl for giving you tribute you dumb b****. I have family that died in wars and you bitching over a song, mad that President Obama didnt invite your tired a** to sing it..the girl paid tribute to you in a fkg movie..get off your high horse and put your wide a** in a seat!!!

2066 days ago


Thiat was actually a high compliment. In the past, it was a compliment for a STAR to talk big rach when another often younger person performed the STAR's material very well. I think the issue could lead to a great reality show where a great star like Etta James could run hopefuls through the mill and on contestant could get the STAR's blessing to perform the Star's material.. Etta James could be the first host and the punch line would be "I can't stand him/ her and I'm gonna whip his/ her ass because she/ he really singingk my song" The winning contestant would have public approval and free publicity and the STAr would get a percentage of the winner nitial proceeds from appearances and public homage .

2065 days ago


Wow there is way to much of hate. Come on people you don't even know Bee on a personal level. My question is how can you hate someone that you've never really talked to before. You may hate how she sounds but you all need to keep hating people at a low stand because this world is too filled with hate and not enough love. You are a hater just hate yourself and not the world. Jesus is on His way back and you are not going with Him as a hater. Hate the devil, not God's children. Both of these women have a gift, let them work out their problems personally. Don't let the media give you a chance to hate, you all become bait for their success. They are simply making money off all of you. Wise up! Jesus is Lord.

2065 days ago
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