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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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76.

Liam    

If DESPERATONCE KNOWLES didn’t say anything, PEOPLE WILL NOT EVEN NOTICE OR GIVE A CARE IN THE WORLD… BECAUSE DESPERATONCE THE STRUGGLING STARLET SIMPLY IS NO LONGER RELEVANT IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.

People are offended by DESPERATONCE KNOWLES’ constant efforts to push her TRANNY MUG in our throats!

NO ONE WANTS YOU EXCEPT YOUR STANS, DESPERATONCE!

REALLY, I THOUGHT THE FAKE PREGNANCY WAS HER LOWEST MOVE. DIDN’T REALIZE DESPERATONCE CAN ACTUALLY TOP IT OFF BY CAPITALIZING OVER THE DEATH OF AN ACTUAL BELOVED LEGEND!

951 days ago
77.

Bleachonce Knowles    

Frankly, I’m not surprised at her latest stunt – Klown Bey is such an opportunistic bacteria.

Beyonce’s career practically breathed it’s last breath in 2011.

At least, Etta James actually lived long enough to see this starlet’s minor blip of a career end.

RIP Etta. Pay no heed to leeches like Beyonce. When Klown Bey dies she’s going "down south", where Satan has a special torture chamber built especially for her.

951 days ago
78.

Helena     

reading these comments I am shocked, what is wrong with everyone!? Beyonce is damned if she does and damned if she doesn't, she will never be able to please some people. So if you hate her (I think you are crazy for the record) then go on your merry (or not so evidently) way and stop reading articles about someone you don't like; then to bother to leave a hateful comment is just... well sad! Beyonce is so hated and she deserves NONE of it! people need to stop hating her... I assume you are just jealous but you need to leave well alone!


Now... beautiful message from Beyonce as per usual, always taking the higher ground and quite clearly some people can't take it! ...Beautiful and Gracious as always!

951 days ago
79.

team christina millian    

Cut it out. Beyonce was one of MANY celebs that commented on Ms. Ettas death. Why is she ALWAYS picked apart and scrutinized...its getting old and tired....She was gracious and kind... So what is the problem? Also, THE PRESIDENT ASKED BEYONCE NOT ETTA WHO HAD DEMENCIA AND WAS ILL, to sing AT LAST.....so whats the problem? If it werent for Beyonce portraying Etta in that movie many YOUNGER people wouldnt know who the HECK ETTA was and her story. AND LASTLY...ETTA WAS NOT IN THE RIGHT STATE OF MIND WWHEN SHE SAID THAT RUDE COMMENT. HER FAMILY APPOLOGIZED ON HER BEHALF BECAUSE SHE HAD DEMENCIA>>>>GEEZ LET IT GO!

951 days ago
80.

noir    

Because the world can't spin unless it's approved by Beyonce Knowles. stop associating Beyonce with Etta just because Beyonce PLAYED her in a movie a few years back! I hardly think Beyonce cared anything about Etta James before doing that movie, anyway. It sucks that it took Beyonce of all people to put Etta in the headlines.

951 days ago
81.

Marie    

Etta James should have been the one singing her song 'At Last' at Obama's inauguration, not Beyonce.

951 days ago
82.

lol    

**** happens. get over it.

950 days ago
83.

Yall on some bull    

DAMN...y'all ain't got no lives. Etta apologized for what she said and all of you grown ass folks acting like childish little kids...grow up!

950 days ago
84.

Gogogo    

Beyonce stans (fans) are the most illogical and rude fans a celebrity could ever have. No stans; most of us are NOT jealous of her. Let me clarify: 1. Beyonce is constantly taking credit for art forms that do not belong to her. 2. She is so hell bent on having the spot light on her at all times. 3.She will try an upstage everyone (VMA's) and will try to outshine people in their own video's (Alicia Keys, Put It In A Love Song) (this video was never released, because Alicia's team thought it was "TOO much Beyonce"). 4. Beyonce has played the public and the MEDIA like damn FOOLS. 5. She never gives credit for the work that others develop for her, nor when she STEALS concept from others. She always says it's HER idea. ..UNTIL SHE'S FOUND OUT!
To the stans, It's not a law that everyone HAS to like Beyonce, so back off!

950 days ago
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