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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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121.

Sitting At My Computer    

I usually do not post comments. But,I would like to say: Beyonce went on national television and said "I would like to sing at the innauguration"...She was then asked "What would you sing? Her response was "AT LAST". I think her management approached President Obama's staff.

Etta James was absolutely great in her era...she is a soul/blues singer, Beyonce is not she is a POP singer.
Beyonce covers a lot of other singers songs because most of her songs are not appropriate for the occasion. I would like to add that Beyonce "thinks" she can sing just as well as the greats, but she hasn't lived long enough yet. She has to mature and develop her craft.

Real singers such as, "Shirley Bassey", Barbara Streisand, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Patti Labelle have put in the work and they have earned their titles.

Finally, #93 BARACK OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT !!!!!! Get over it...this will never be the 50'S again. !!!!!!!!!

2056 days ago
122.

JamesK.    

Pleeeeeeeeeeease............Etta James you were great......W E R E !!!! Hands down, Beyonce will sing circles around you.

2056 days ago
123.

Anti-Lib    

Etta is so much better looking than Beyonce. Have you seen B with out makeup? Yuck! She can't sing live either. Go Etta!!!

2056 days ago
124.

Lala    

Well, I kind of have mixed feelings....Boyonce out of respect should have gotten Etta's blessing to sing the song for Obama - Etta is the original, a legend, and an elder that deserves respect. And it was sung to the freaking president! On the other hand, there is a lot to say about aging gracefully, being a mentor and supporter to those coming after you - and not being a jealous hag.

2056 days ago
125.

WAY pretty    

I am truly saddened that a black woman who lived through some of the most divisive times in America would speak in this distasteful manner about the first African American President.

No one on this Board is even acknowledging the disgusting and disparaging way she spoke about a wonderful moment in history and such a once in a lifetime even.

Etta James is a disgrace!!!! He's not HER president!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!

2056 days ago
126.

eric    

Poor Etta, what a bitter old hag. What a classy person to make fun of someone elses appearance-she should look in the mirror-all her hate is climbing out of her face

2056 days ago
127.

shirleyfeeney    

"your" President?

Etta voted for McCain? No wonder she wasn't asked...

2056 days ago
128.

Suck My Bronze.    

Dear David,

"No doubt you are the product of public shools".

2056 days ago
129.

Jess    

Beyonce's lack of class, intelligence, and humility is showing. A simple phone call before choosing the song would have been the respectful thing to have done. Beyonce has become accustomed to stealing other people's song, style, etc. It's really sad. I used to like her...not anymore. The classy thing to do would be to apologize. If she chooses to ignore this living legend, I personally will never purchase anything she is associated with again.

2056 days ago
130.

Suck My Bronze.    

David,

Did you mean "Who's Who"?

2056 days ago
131.

goals2bmet    

I am so sick of these older women disrespecting someone that appears to be very respectful to others! I can't believe that we condone this! Our living legends (Aretha, Etta, etc) need to encourage those who are benefiting from the paths they made. And I am not even going to go into her disrespecting President Obama. To have one woman sing another woman's song is complimentary of both women. Many people Beyonce's age had never heard of Etta James, nor that song until Bey sung it. Because Bey sung it, I am sure that they showed more interest than they would have if Ms. James got onstage and sung it.

2056 days ago
132.

rashyluvsbeyonce    

I love Beyonce...look at my user name lol. But in all honesty it seems as if it would have been more fitting if Obamas ppl wanted that song to be sung, that they should have gotten Etta James to sing it because it is her song, a very famous song, and she is still alive. A lot of ppl know the song At Last, but don't know who Etta James is, thats how well known the song is.

I'm not familiar with Etta James, but to me she sounded a lil buzzed....lol. I don't appreciate her hating on President Obama though, because I'm sure he was way to busy to be planning who sings what at those inaugural events, thats what he has a staff for.

It seems to me that Etta might be bitter, and to be honest even though I love Bey, I don't really blame her [James]. Of course I don't agree with her whipping her ass and stuff, but she has a right to be mad. (Not at that President though!)

I haven't listened to all of the songs on Bey's new album, but out of the ones I have listened to, I thought she should've sang Halo, I love that song. The first thing I thought when I heard Bey singing "At Last" was "why is she singing this song. Is she still trying to promote Cadillac Records"?

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, because Etta surely didn't seem like she was joking! Last time I checked she wasn't a comedian. I wonder what Mr. Mathew Knowles is going say (and you know he will have something to say) ? Probably tell her to quit being immature like that situation with Aretha Franklin.

2056 days ago
133.

TheTruth(NotPaul)    

15. Etta James concert was the first and fastest sold out concert in Idaho - people gathered to hear her amazing voice - she was raunchy and didn't sing worth a darn - by the end of the concert less than half the people were still there - what a shame - her records/cd's still show why she is still listened to.

Posted at 6:49PM on Feb 4th 2009 by XEtta fan
Yall just better be careful of who you pin flowers on in this lifetime. That's what my momma used to say. I agree with the above writer, Ex Etta Fan, while she has a decorated career, dont go pinning no damn flowers on this heroine addict criminal. Her career had a beginning, middle and an ending. Somehow she failed to attend the ending and her comments about Beyonce were totally inappropriate and she is just jealous because she is old, fat, crazy, and lost her voice way back during the middle of her career. I have seen many of her concerts during the last 20 years, she sucks, real hard, that will make a porn star jealous. She cannot sing, period, plus she sits her fat azz on a bar stool with one leg stretched out and with a bath towel over it to wipe sweat from her pig forehead. Do you want to pay full price concert tickets to see this sight? She even had a tummy bypass, loss 200 pounds, and she still weigh 300 pounds. Real talent like the Legendary Nancy Wilson, the Late Mariam Makaba, and others know when to pack it in. UI have to agree with some of the posters here, that time is at hand for Aretha Franklin, At some point in time, one must realize that they dont have it anymore and leave the game with their legacy in tact. I cant say the same for Etta James, she keeps prostituting herself hoping to get a last dance on one song, that anyone with mediocre talent could do well. Put the evil eye on Etta, yall, cause she missing a few screws, thats why she spent nearly 2 hard years in a full-service Psychiatric Hospital - and she aint cured yet, they still holding her bed.

2056 days ago
134.

David    

#126 Unfortunately, you are wrong.

Catholic School thru 8th grade
Georgetown Prep Class of '73
Cornell Class of '77 BA
Brown Class of "80 Masters

2056 days ago
135.

john    

hmmmm... So judging by Ms. James obvious dislike for Mr. President.. does this make HER racist?? hmmmm seems everyone that "shares" that opinion of the "chosen one" is labeled racist, simply for their discontent with his experience, and job performance thus far? Even dislking his "ears" doesn't qualify one as a "racist"!! Where's the ole' over-used CRUTCH to beat Ms. James with... everyone whom I've seen express their dislike for Mr. Oblahma seem to never mention "color"? Those that want to beat up the Obama non-supporters are the ones seeing color! Which begs the question "whom are the real racist"? You DO know that if you voted for him just because he is black, ALSO could be deemed racism....

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