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Beyonce

Shoves It Down

Etta's Throat

2/23/2009 2:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

With just two little words, Beyonce re-ignited the world's biggest cat fight at the Oscars last night -- belting out the same song Etta James threatened to "whip Beyonce's ass" over just a few weeks ago.

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Completely ignoring the verbal attack and physical threats Etta unleashed when B sang "At Last" at Obama's Inauguration, Knowles busted out the song AGAIN during last night's Oscar telecast -- as the most dramatic moment of an absolutely horrendous musical number.

B had to know it'd make James pissed, so we gotta ask ...

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sodav    

SHE WAS LIP-SYNCING

2014 days ago
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jogo    

TMZ - stick to celeb gossip not music reviews. I thought the musical number with Beyonce and Jackman was great!!

2014 days ago
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Gigglez90    

Yea they all were lip-singing, and i didnt think it was that good idk kinda weird but i luv beyonce and i dont think she say "at last" bcuz of that it was in a movie she made so she had to sing the song she sang a bit of "one nite only" 4rm dream girls.

and 2fast u r not 1st u need 2 stop lol

2014 days ago
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sistasoulja    

Beyonce should compliment Etta about how she reminds her of her own cute Great-great-grandmamma. Always be talkin all kinds of crazy mess and pootin' in her drawers!

2014 days ago
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JackieMichele    

I despise just about everything this attention seeking media whore does. Aside from that...

1. The musical number did not suck. It was just very obvious she was lip-synching. But then again who doesn't lip-synch or sing along to a track nowadays. . So it must be okay...

2. Hugh Jackman is hot. I will tolerate any mediocre singer to watch him. Yum!

3. The whole night pretty much sucked IMO. When the academy begins to recognize true talent instead of popularity I will be happy. I don't believe that happened with every award last night. But...when can't all be please the outcome can we?

2014 days ago
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Jatti    

beyonce needs to start wearing loose clothes. she's too fat.

2014 days ago
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CourtneyS    

woo hoo not first!!!! I am so awesome!!

anyways, I think it's funny that she did that, I'm sure shoe know it would piss ette james off. beyonce has a massive set of balls, which is a good thing bc I don't think jay-z has a pair any more

2014 days ago
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lo    

Beyonce singing that song for our new president (whom Etta also dissed) is an insult, so how does she feel about the song being used in a hoover commercial.

The musical number was cheesy as hell. The banter was good this year, like with Tina Fey and Steve Martin.

2014 days ago
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Tick    

Premeditated diss? C'mon. Beyonce was probably scheduled to sing this song at the awards show long before Etta even opened her mouth.

2014 days ago
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Mhenad    

I think she had to do that number to promote her role in Cadillac Records. It makes perfect sense that she picked the song because everyone is saying she will probably get nominated for that role. Etta needs to get over it. It isn't HER song and if she felt so strongly about it and knew she was right, I'm sure she could have gotten a legal team to whoop Beyonce's *ss, no? beyonce has paid homage to here on several occasions. The version of the song on Beyonce's Deluxe Version of the album, is a live performance where Beyonce thanks Etta for making it possible for artists like her to pursue a career in singing. I believe Etta was present at that performance. She's just a bitter old b*tch.

2014 days ago
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J    

hey i made it in the top 10

2014 days ago
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AhnaMarie    

I'm sure that Beyonce didn't "diss" her on purpose. There was a song-writer who came up with that piece, not her. and i know that for a fact because they gave him credit after the performance was over. and i didn't think it was "horrendous" as you say, i thought the mix of songs was kind of interesting.

2014 days ago
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Ellie    

The very best all time love song!

2014 days ago
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nich34    

ummm that arrogant fool (Etta James) just needs to STFU thats not "her song" i will admit i love the way she sings At Last but shes not the first one to come out with the song. so she needs to get over it, She acts like shes the only one to rights to the song. although i dont like beyonce you GO girl@

2014 days ago
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What?    

Come on TMZ, a fight would mean at least two. Beyonce never responded and Etta make an attempt to apologize.

2014 days ago
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