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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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61.

jdw019    

all these beyonce hating comments are so pathetic. like shes the first person to cover someone else song and promote it. when jennifer hudson was goin around singing "and i am telling you like it was her own she was praised" but when beyonce does it shes doin something wrong? she was promoting a movie where she was playing the role of etta james and that was her most famous song so of course thats what she would sing. and obama chose beyonce because she was a very big supporter of his and really helped out a lot with his campaign. ppl just have to look for reasons to be ass holes...

920 days ago
62.

t    

People should really know the history/truth about a situation before speaking. Etta said what she said about Bey because she was loosing it in her head, she was speaking highly of her weeks before (and Etta James Family spoke on that situation). Second beyonce could have song any song but she chose that one and she wasn't picked over Etta. and lastly the song (At Last) is not Etta James song its a Cover from a 1940's film called Orchestra Wives.

920 days ago
63.

Aby    

UHHHHH SRRY TO HEAR ABOUT ETTA, RIP. BUT BEYONCE OBVIOUSLY RESPECTED AND LOOKED UP TO HER. ETTA SEEMED LIKE SHE WAS JEALOUS OF BEYONCE'S YOUTH, BEAUTY ETC....SRRY ITS JUST THE TRUTH

919 days ago
64.

Jo    

You know what you are all jealous from Beyoncé , youre all in Rihanna or Gaga's ass when Beyoncé had the perfect life ! No sextape, no naked photos , one known boyfriend which is now husband , one succesfull family than worth millions , #1 albums singles perfumes dvd movies .. what can you say about her than her husband is ugly whooo i think he figured that out and don't even care ! calling Beyoncé a famewhore won't get your life anywhere babe ! Let her be just like other celebrities and go rage on thing that deserves to be put your noses in politics where criticisms are needed to make this country move ! But there you are criticizing someone who has a good ethics , a didn't hurt anyone ! Gezzz i swear sometimes i wish i was living in an ashram !

919 days ago
65.

Chris    

Beyone is a fame hoe! She is so over-rate its ridiculous! She and her husband use people and treat them like crap. The way she and her family behaved while she was in the hospital is unsat. How can you possibly think that the security of your child is more important than other parents visiting their sick child in the hospital? Then when you left the hospital and your drivers drove like maniacs places the lives of innocent civilians in danger. You are so selfish and so is your husband. You have soooo many people fooled but karma is life and your day is coming too Beyonce. What comes around....go's around...

919 days ago
66.

GreyWolf    

Oh Please! Stick to what you know B. Shaking your @ss for cash and glory. You are in no way or ever will be in the same league as Etta James. R.I.P. Mrs. James.

919 days ago
67.

Lady    

Bey is a fake she said that her mother taught her so much about her life now that Mrs. James passes away now Bey wants to heard and have the spotlight bey it is not your shine it is the James family shine so let the family shine with out you.

919 days ago
68.

Publicistprincess    

Lets be frank here, Beyonce didn't even think twice about what to say except. "May she rest in peace". Her publicist came up with the statement to release. I can just about bet Mrs. Carter only signed off on it. She knew she had to release something seeing she sang Ms. Etta's song. It would only be respectful but don't for a minute think she came up with those words. #Publicistmakethewheelturn

919 days ago
69.

jaz    

How disrespectful of TMZ to have that hoe's video up She will never sing like Etta never in a million years. RIP Etta you were loved.

919 days ago
70.

LMFAO    

RIP Etta James. You will truly be missed. Your talent will be remember and cherished forever. Beyonce puleeeeeze...go dance around in the lea"tards" that you are only good for.

919 days ago
71.

Anya    

Beyonce said: "When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph".....Can't most people open their mouths with little effort? Did Etta have Lock-Jaw?
Now we all know that Beyonce can't string two cohesive sentences together, so she needs to get smarter PR people. They are begining to sound as stupid as her!

919 days ago
72.

Anya    

This is really sad. Etta died and you're featuring Bey singing? Are ya out-of-your-mind?
What's up?? Why isn't Etta James video on display. She out-sings BeyAllAboutMe 1000,000 better!

919 days ago
73.

Anya    

R.I.P. Etta, you are so missed...
Below is Etta video, "I'd Rather Go Blind"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YApNirMC9gM

Comparison video of two young singers out singing Beyonce, same song at.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBGCI2tZupI

919 days ago
74.

Nicia    

I'm thinking I can't BELIEVE Etta was so mean spirited and ghetto to have said that.

Then I see Beyonce still issued a statement, that was MIGHTY gracious of her.

THEN I see some of your mean statements about Beyonce. She did nothing. What is wrong with some of you, your panties up ya azz? Dam.

919 days ago
75.

Nicia    

@jdw I know right? It's like, are they reading the same thing I am??? Or are they just that mean and evil? This country has alot of angry people in it lol.

919 days ago
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