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Beyonce on Etta James

'This is a Huge Loss'

1/20/2012 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Beyonce Knowles
-- who played Etta James in "Cadillac Records" -- has released a statement on the singer's death ... praising James as "one of the greatest vocalists of our time."

James infamously slammed Beyonce in 2009 after Knowles sang "At Last" at Obama's inauguration .. when Etta said, "That woman he had singing for him, singing my song ... she's going to get her ass whipped."



But Beyonce was gracious ... adding in today's statement, "I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime."

She continued, "Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist.  When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed."

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31.

Jason    

Yet another great one passes. How long do you suppose it will take before that no talent HACK Beyonce cuts a best of CD featuring all of Etta's best works ?

953 days ago
32.

Nicoleasm    

Wait!.....so she never got a chance to whip Beyones a**?

953 days ago
33.

Tmoney    

So instead of remembering Etta James, ppl would rather say how much they hate Beyonce??? Ok....

953 days ago
34.

boat floats    

why is it always rhianna or beyonce on tmz who gives a **** what she thinks shouldnt she be changing diapers or something ? oh wait im sure they have the (slave) paid help do it

953 days ago
35.

Woot    

No matter what one thinks of her talent, Beyonce's got class all the way. I'd have verbally ripped James a new one.

953 days ago
36.

Woot    

All you B naysayers... go listen to her American Idol performance of "1+1". Amazing!

953 days ago
37.

nisiek    

Beyonce is all fake, fabricated and phony, lEtta was pure, powerful, and genuine, I wish she did kck Bouncie's fraudulent ass.

953 days ago
38.

ray    

STFU BOTCH, the queen couldn't stand your thug a$$. you are an insult to the ladies name and to "at last" it will never be "yours"

953 days ago
39.

FallenAngel    

That's because Etta hated Beyonce and saw how fake she was and autotuned. The only person she gave permission to sing her songs was Christina Aguilera because Etta could see talent, she loved XTina.

953 days ago
40.

b    

Don't you have that kid someone gave birth to at home? Most Moms of a two week old don't have time for media. Go bleach your skin you stupid Kuunnt

953 days ago
41.

patty    

wow whats with all the haters - ms. james didn't hate beyonce, she made those comments because she was sick and suffering from dementia, she never understood beyonce was portraying her in a movie - she prolly forgot she said that w/ in a few days and beyonce was very classy ignoring and not responding, and her opinion was asked because she portrayed her in the movie - so i don't know why you are going after her so bad - and her dementia is why she didn't perform at the white house too btw, also why ms. james didn't understand

953 days ago
42.

Bertrand smith    

what does Huge Loss being bear by the Etta Jame?Please give me a explanantion?
Parallels Promo Code

952 days ago
43.

jujubee    

beyonce doesnt hold a candle to etta's singing. I can totally understand why etta was upset that beyonce sang her song, i mean the woman was still alive at the time why wasn't she asked? that's so insulting

952 days ago
44.

Sardina    

This narcissistic imbecile makes everything about her. She is so over-DONE. she may as well have carried that baby. RIP Etta. And thank you.

952 days ago
45.

cebo    

Instead of celebrating Etta James Life, you hating on Beyonce. Beyonce don't know your ass, she can do what ever she wants. All of you are hypocrites, all you do is bash celebrities. For once make this moment about celebrating Etta's life and not about your own issues.

952 days ago
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