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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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91.

Joyce Nicodemus    

Etta James isn't what she used to be in the voice department. And who needs another aging and lost it Aretha-esce diva.

Celine's version was more beautiful than Etta's and so is Beyonce's. Etta and Aretha should team up and sing together in those smoky, loud little clubs where no one really listens to the screeching on stage anyway. Jealousy is so unbecoming to old ladies. Thank God Tina Turner still has some class and talent,

2051 days ago
92.

purecanadian    

Beyonce should be sued for using Etta's song at such an enormous event as an inauguration without her permission, regardless of who can perform it better, thats a matter of personal taste, personally I do not trust Obama ever since votes from two states in the democratic election were stolen from Clinton, 55 % of the votes were given to Obama, and he wasn't even on the ballots in those states, any that needs to steal votes in that way should not be president and can not be trusted. and his paranoia of being assasinated should be an indication that he should not be in that job.

2051 days ago
93.

nan    

Beyonce needs a take down for sure. I am still mad at her crack at the Jackson family and comparing their success to her family. I mean really. The Knowles family are a bunch of nobody's. They certainly will never reach the heights or the talent or the legend of the Jackson's. NEVER! She is just a beady eyed flash in the pan, married to that ugly, hateful, racist thug Jay Z. She was pathetic compared to Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls. She isn't talented enough to be a Diva and needs a slapdown for being too dumb not to know she is WAY out of her league singing Etta's songs!!!!! BEYONCE GO AWAY!!!!!!

2051 days ago
94.

Please    

Wow who piss in her coffee this morning...these older women need to be ashame of themselves!

2051 days ago
95.

Don    

ANGRY, LONELY OLD BITCH! She's just upset because Obama won the historic election. She was hoping someone as ancient as herself would win.

2051 days ago
96.

hmmm..    

I saw Etta perform with The Jerry Garcia band and she can out-sing Beyonce anyday.

2051 days ago
97.

Go Suck A D**k!    

I can see why etta was mad! She is still a live for god sakes. it would of been better if they had the original singer sing the song! Me and my friends thought this was very weird!

2051 days ago
98.

bettyboopfun    

I am so glad Etta spoke up. Bey cannot sing or speak. She is so overrated. I turned off the TV when Bey sang "At Last". People were so fake and phony at the inauguration. Still glad that President Barack Obama is the President of the United States.

2051 days ago
99.

jenn    

this should have been said sooner,Beyonce needs to just go home.

2051 days ago
100.

2drk2fck    

Bitter! Party of 1

2051 days ago
101.

hmmm..    

He does have big ears. LOL OBAMATRON

2051 days ago
102.

misty1415    

Did everyone forget that Obama asked Beyonce to sing at the YOUTH Inaugural Ball? How is he going to have a ball for young people and have an old @ss woman like Etta to sing for him and his wife? Kanye, Kid Rock, Mary J, Etta...........one of these kids is doing his own thing. It's hard for Etta to realize what she once was and she sees that in Beyonce. It's called haterism people. Beyonce respects Etta and thought she was important enough to want to portray her in a movie. For Etta to turn around and say something like that about her when I'm sure she got a cut of the movie profits shows she was not worthy.

2051 days ago
103.

Tiffy    

PUH LEASE! BILLY HOLIDAY AND ELLA FITZGERALD SANG IT FIRST. So what is she griping about? What an unappreciative old fart. Beyonce has been so gracious to her old butt, she's just jealous.

2051 days ago
104.

Who Caresss!!!    

Etta James is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and not just for singing At Last. Beyonce will NEVER be inducted. Nuff said.

2051 days ago
105.

Iskur    

"Debbie31"

That's one of the dumbest comments I've ever read ... Beyonce is just "well marketed"? Have you even heard her voice? It's incredible.

Put a no-talent bimbo like yourself in her shoes and noone would buy your sh1t, no matter how well marketed.

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