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Beyonce Remembers Etta James

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In 2008, Beyonce gave one of her most important performances to date, starring in Cadillac Records as the iconic Etta James. Today, Bey has a heavy heart but words of praise for the woman she portrayed, who sadly passed away today.

On her website (as she still resting from giving birth to baby Blue Ivy), she posted sweet words of tribute to the eternally great Etta James," who died today due to complications with her leukemia.

She wrote:

"This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime."

They surely will!

Her passing is felt by all, but more by those who were really inspired by her talent and music in their day-to-day routines. We know that she holds a very dear place in Beyonce's heart and we hope she carries on her spirit with her own music.

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17 comments to “Beyonce Remembers Etta James”



  1. 1

    I FEEL VERY SAD THAT BEYONCE/OBAMA NEVER GAVE MS. JAMES THE HONOR OF SINGING HER SONG 'AT LAST' AT THE INAUGURAL..SHAME…SHAME…NO EXCUSE….



  2. 2

    Obama had better not comment on how great she was or how she will be missed
    when given the choice for her to sing at the inaguration or to go with Beyonce…he chose Beyonce
    you know that everythig that day was either orchestrated or approved by him
    he went with the pop star over the legend
    ..style but not substance
    funny…
    that kind of sums up his presidency doesn't it?



  3. 3

    Um, didn't Ms. James publicly trash talk Beyonce after her 'At Last' inaugural performance?



  4. 4

    Re: joethehobo
    she sure did
    and most great singers agreed
    hit was her song- and she should have been the one to sing it
    but Obama had a hand in it too let's not forget…



  5. 5

    OBAMA IS A DUMB FUCK… WHEN ASKED WHY ETTA JAMES DIDNT SING "AT LAST" THE WHITE PR SAID THEY THOUGHT MS. JAMES HAD ALREADY DIED. WHAT A BUNCH OF RETARDS. ANYONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO USE THE IN-TA-NET COULD SIMPLY LOOK HER UP ON WIKI… FOOLS!!



  6. 6

    Re: joethehobo – ETTA CERTAINLY TRASHED BEYAAWWNCE… AND SHE WAS RIGHT.



  7. 7

    Cant wait for all the rappers to tell how much she meant to them, when actually, most have never heard a thing she's done, but need to act like they do. Just like MJ.



  8. 8

    I agree with the comments above mine….Etta should have sang at last. Beyonce has an ok voice but she does not compare to Etta. Talent is not what it used to be.



  9. 9

    So true that Etta "was one of the greatest vocalists of our time…Her musical contributions will last a lifetime." The same, however, cannot be said of Beyonce.



  10. 10

    Re: joethehobo – I was going to say the same thing- I know I read that at that time. Perhaps it was her dementia speaking though.. people can get unreasonable and cranky when dealing with that stuff.



  11. 11

    Agreed- she should have been the one to sing her own song. It was very rude of the POTUS. I do hope it's just gossip and not actually true that the White House publicly stated their reason was they'd thought she already died. Apalling!



  12. 12

    RIP Etta - love your music

  13. KLCan says – reply to this


    13

    If she had dementia, it was probably pretty intense even three years ago. Which may have been the reason why Etta herself did not sing it for Obama. She may have been the original choice, but due to her health was unable to do it, so instead Beyonce was asked to sign it. Don't always assume you know what you're talking about. Mention of Etta's health was not made until earlier this year, this three years ago, her dementia may have still been a secret, which is why there was no public comment made why Beyonce and not Etta.



  14. 14

    um, new flash, dumbass! ETTA COULDN'T STAND HER and thought she was TERRIBLE for the role.



  15. 15

    If Etta was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2008, it's understandable that it might have been decided to have someone else sing her song for Obama in Jan 2009…as sad as it was for her not to have done it herself. Imagine if she had problems performing onstage. How embarrassing it could have been for her. And you can't blame the Obama people (though on this website you KNOW people will) for wanting as few opportunities for problems during the event as humanly possible.

    Regardless of went on between Beyonce and Ms James around the time of the movie Cadillac Records, this was a lovely thing for Beyonce to say.



  16. 16

    well it says a lot about beyonce, if Etta really was so rude about her, that she is still so respectful of her and her talents. a catty comment will usually turn into a full-blown argument via the media. RIP etta james!



  17. 17

    Etta James was pissed at Beyoncé for singing 'At last', so I'm not sure of how close they really were.