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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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Relax ppl.Etta suffers from dementia.She's not only old but has had decades of drug abuse.Whats sad is not her unfortunate comments but the foolish hate that came form so many of you as soon as you saw her say something about your precious Beyonce'. I like also but don't take your appreciation for her and transform it into stupid comments.Especially the dummy who said Beyonce's version was way better than Etta's

1230 days ago

Elizabeth Cortez    

Wow thats terrible shame on you Ms. James!!!! I can understand having your feelings hurt because the president asked Beyonce to sing instead of you but really such a famous and talented icon like Ms. James spreading hate for a woman who has continued to explode in the music industry and is flawless in poise and beauty. Now if they would of asked someone like Miley C. to sing then i could understand because she would of gave that song no justice or soul. Ms. James it should be an honor that the #1 female singer is singing your music no one could take your place but she does much justice to your ballad.

1140 days ago


Etta isn't bitter, she has alzheimers. Lord knows what she'll say or what reality she's in. God bless her and her gift. And she is a better singer than Beyonce. Beyonce is weak but has star power like Diana Ross.

1077 days ago


Etta James will always be cool. It's too bad this was caught on tape. All of us have a jealous streak when someone younger and prettier surpasses us. However, Etta never lost her voice and Obama should have invited her to sing HER song. This is a song associated with Etta and it wasn't as if she was dead and Beyonce was memorializing her talent. She was still alive and it was a slap in the face. Since Beyonce was invited to sing, she should have sung something of her own, instead of taking Ms. Etta's masterpiece. It's like making a beautiful copy of a Van Gogh and then deciding that because it's more current, it's better. How ridiculous. This is what James was getting at and she had every right. I don't expect that she knew it would be recorded, but then again, when you're a public figure, I guess you have to be careful about what you say and about whom you say it.

1004 days ago


Etta James was saying in her own inimitable way, 'the rumors of my demise are premature.' She wasn't ready to roll over, play dead and turn her song book over to the beautiful young girl who got to show off Etta's signature song at one of the milestones of American history.

Yes, the proper thing is to let your candle fade out gracefully, let the young and beautiful take over and push you away. But Etta James never did the proper thing and that's what made her so great. Rest in peace, Etta. You had a fire in you that couldn't be dimmed.

973 days ago

Broken Silence    

Beyonce did you get it to come or to send a guy with an ID to come with him to you..... a place to stay for me close to you all. I checked with the last budget in the hotel Days Inn Santa Monica 3007 Santa Monica, CA 90404 ( 310 ) 829-6333 come run and with budget somebody stolen my third pocket at the airport. Jay Z, Andre Young, Timbaland, Jermane Dupri..... run, i checked in the hotel with the last budget run Tina Knowles. Run Beyonce. I have no budget in my pocket run Beyonce. Girl You Know It's True. Today run. Information Days Inn you can ask too i am in the room 2004 there close i am going there to stay i am so tired and could find this internet in Brentwood close to Santa Monica and the hotel to send the message. I checked in today and can stay there in the hotel run.

698 days ago
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