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Christina Aguilera Pays Tribute To Etta James By Performing At Last During Her Funeral

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This is an absolutely stunning tribute to a beautiful life.

Christina Aguilera took the stage at the funeral forEtta James today, and gave a heartfelt, very genuine speech regarding the influence the late legend had on her career, and then performed an absolutely breathtaking cover of the classic song At Last.

Give it a watch (above)!

Truly powerful stuff here.

And you can tell how honored she is to be able to partake in celebrating Etta's memory!

Stunning stunning stunning!

Our condolences to all of the friends, family, and loved ones affected by this tragic loss.

May Etta R.I.P.

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74 comments to “Christina Aguilera Pays Tribute To Etta James By Performing At Last During Her Funeral”



  1. 1

    An absolutely PERFECT choice of person to give a tribute to dear Etta James. Christina and her have a great history and Christina was inspired in a lot of ways from her. So beautiful. I got goosebumps.



  2. 2

    Stunning!!!!! Thank GOD they chose her and not Beyonce…Christina has such an incredible talent, Etta would have been proud to hear her sing it!



  3. 3

    That was really touching. Her speech was beautiful, she was about to tear in anymoment… I love you Christina…
    That was probably the greatest, most raw and heartfelt performance of that song. I'm very proud of her



  4. 4

    Christina did an awesome job…….but did she have to have her boobs hanging out?
    She was at a funeral for goodness sake!! Dress like a grown up!



  5. 5

    Christina is amazing!

  6. GIO says – reply to this


    6

    Christina is probably the bet singer out there bar none.



  7. 7

    Etta would be pissed someone else was singin her song



  8. 8

    so stunning…she did way better then beyonce with so much soul in it.Just goes to show who the prez favors more and WHY he does. Get it Girl



  9. 9

    Sometimes less is more. Don't get me wrong, I love Christina A., but that songs beauty lies in it's simplicity. I think Etta woulda wanted a true rendition instead of runs and rifts all over the daggon place! RIP Etta James



  10. 10

    I don't know what she was doing with her leg in the begging but that was distracting as hell.. glad she actually wore something nice thou..-.-..sounded like a different song..i don't like all that howling .. you know less is more..really..



  11. 11

    i prefer her then Beyonce though..



  12. 12

    what i found sad were all those cellphones, trying to get a picture or filming her sing.
    this was a funeral, not a pop concert.
    i thought that was disrespectful, to say the least.
    that wasn't christina's fault, obviously. and she has a great voice, but like someone pointed out the song's magic lies in its simplicity, and sometimes christinas heave tone shifting seemed too much over the top.



  13. 13

    Too much. Xtina and her dam over singing.



  14. 14

    Christina sang this song/praised Etta James and talked about how she inspired her on her first tour. So glad she was chosen.



  15. 15

    That girl can sang! Clearly superior to Bey's version, however in all fairness, Christina could not have played Etta in Cadillac Records :) Shame though because Etta's influence is all over that girl's voice. Brilliant



  16. 16

    Beautiful. I'm glad she let the audience hear the quality of her voice in the soft parts and long notes. Great job Christina.

  17. RB7 says – reply to this


    17

    why is she that colour? she's almost the same colour as the wood behind her, someone overdone the fake tan me thinks.

    anyways…..impressive but, typical Christina performance full of way too many ad libs. in my opinion the only person who has ever come marginally close to being able to sing an Etta James song well is Beyonce in Cadillac Records but even she couldn't project emotion the way Etta could when she sang. truly sad that she has passed x



  18. 18

    Beautiful. She's orange :-/



  19. 19

    She sounds ridiculous.



  20. 20

    Re: JazzyOne – I totally agree. I love Christina's voice, but I wish she would just sing instead of all the vocal gymnastics. It didn't like it for the national anthem, and I don't like it at a funeral.



  21. 21

    There's pictures of blood trailing down her leg on TUMBLR signifying she was on her period. I think she stroked her leg to clean it off.. anyway:

    Etta HATED BEyoncé version of the song (and im a beyonce fan) and she had nothing but praise for xTina and her version. At points it was certainly oversung but I think xTina had a lot of pain and passion on her chest she wanted to release.

    Let's just say Etta and her family will be happy with the send off, thats all that matters.



  22. 22

    I found that to be extremely disrespectful. You're at her funeral. Sing her signature song AS WRITTEN. I don't think this girl knows how to sing a song without her vocal masturbation.



  23. 23

    I'm sorry, but that was a terrible rendition. I really wish Xtina would go to rehab for real. She's got a great voice, but she's a hot, hot mess.



  24. 24

    Re: ES-339 – Vocal masturbation? I have never heard that term before - but it works here. By singing it that way she made it all about her, and not about Etta. (IMO)



  25. 25

    just because you CAN make those sounds.. doesn't mean you should



  26. 26

    Re: realmidwestmom – Agree … for her to show up at a church for a funeral with her tits hanging out was beyond crude, classless and disrespectful.



  27. 27

    ETTA LIKED CHRISTINA; SHE HAD NO ISSUES WITH HER UNLIKE FAME WHORE BEYAAWWNCE. AND NO… ETTA WAS NOT UNDER DRUGS, LEUKEMIA, DIMENTIA, ETC. WHEN SHE SAID THOSE WORDS ABOUT BEYAAWWNCE. SHE TOLD TRUE WORDS ABOUT THAT SWAGGER JACKER… GOOD THING THE FAMILY CHOSE CHRISTINA AND NOT SWAGGER JACKER BEY… NEXT.



  28. 28

    … and Christina completely butchered that song. If she really wanted to pay tribute to Etta, she would have done it in the pure, simply, classic way that Ella had.



  29. 29

    This is why I love your website Perez! Thank you. I don't usually like Xtina much but she does an amazing tribute here. Ten years ago it might have been considered tacky to post a funeral tribute on the internet but no more because TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING!



  30. 30

    Seriously she couldn't cover up her tits for a few fucking hours ….. Its a funeral for goodness sakes….



  31. 31

    My condolences to everyone having to sit through that. I cannot begin to describe her dreadful performance.



  32. 32

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! CLOSE UP PHOTOS OF CHRISTINA SHOW SHE WAS HAVING HER PERIOD DURING THE SONG, WTF… OTHER CLOSE UP PICS SHOW RUNS OF BLOOD FLOWING DOWN HER LEGS. SICK!!!! BARF…



  33. 33

    Stunning…yeah right…stunningly terrible…very much over the top and not good at all. Then some of the crap you say is awesome really is not so your record of not knowing anything continues to grow. As for that hack Sharpton….well better left alone and no comment.



  34. 34

    I've really tried to defend her and her fashion choices and her actions but its getting really tiring. She needs new people around her or some really brutal honesty because she really needs to clean herself up and work out (NOT only because I think she's a thicker looking girl) she just does NOT look healthy…dead fried hair, orange skin, ill-fitting clothing, and her singing is obviously gorgeous but those runs are a tad overdone…..who is managing this girl nowdays? She's fallen SOO far.



  35. 35

    RIP Etta James.

    I was looking at pictures of Christina's performance, and I noticed that she was 'leaking'….something was running between her legs….am I the only one that noticed?!



  36. 36

    glad not too much hate about the great Christina. she has a great set of pipes and drop dead gorgeous!!! Etta James R.I.P.



  37. 37

    Drunk, disgusting slut.



  38. 38

    that made my ears bleed..singing DOESN'T mean dragging out the notes for as long as possible….terrible performance..shame on you Xtina.



  39. 39

    Christina is a Fake Ass Bitch!



  40. 40

    fantastic!!! she is amazing!!!



  41. 41

    Luv Xtina!



  42. 42

    Really? She talks about herself for 5 mins and then butchers the song with yodeling . . . WTF - she is a fat cow . . .



  43. 43

    LOL at the liquid dripping down her legs!

    now was this piss or blood? we need to know!

    and boy did she waffle on before starting…poor piano guy must've been pissed.



  44. 44

    All you haters need to shut up. There is no other artist out there that can sing this well acoustically. Yes she adds her signature stuff but thats her, Gaga always says gaga in her songs, Katy Perry always seems to pick songs that are out of her vocal range. I can't wait for X-tina to bring out an album since she's just amazing.



  45. 45

    Firstly, Christina is dressed completely inappropriately for a funeral. Really ALL THAT cleavage? Secondly, her speech and song is far from a "tribute". She couldn't have made her speech more about herself. Then her performance with her antics and a standing ovation, disgusting. I thought a funeral was to honor the life of someone else?



  46. 46

    The single biggest fuck over of a song I have ever heard. Looks and sounds like she is trying to conger up a big shit.Someone shoot her please, Etta is rolling over in the grave.



  47. 47

    ETTA TOLD CHRISTINA TO BE TRUE TO HERSELF, AND SHE IS….. IF XTINA COVERED HER BOOBS, IT WOULD BE SO FAKE…. GO GUURL, HIT IT



  48. 48

    Re: rickraton – AS CHRISTINA SAYS "IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT - F**K YOU"!!!
    SO, FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  49. 49

    It would have been good had she cut the oversinging down and not done that awful scream at the end. Ugh.



  50. 50

    Beautiful!



  51. 51

    WOW! Best set of pipes, no one can get close to this talented girl. Please take good care of yourself, Christina, you're the best singer in the world!



  52. 52

    Once again, Christina makes everything about herself…even a goddamn funeral for a legend. Me, me, me, I, I, I. Such a narcissist! And if you're going to pay tribute to a particular song or artist, it would be nice if she could stay somewhere in the same stratosphere of the original version.



  53. 53

    Gorgeous voice!!! She sounded amazing.



  54. 54

    she rubbed the SAME place on her leg 3 times, looks more like she had an itch rather than some sort of bodily fluid

    n as for the (photoshopped) pictures… i heard they took the word gullble out of the dictionary



  55. 55

    Re: LaughingOutLoud1 – XTINA is holdin' it down for Etta!! AMAZING!! :-)



  56. 56

    Re: GIO – YES!!



  57. 57

    Re: Meggie246524 – Mom, you promised you'd get a life and stop saying *tits* on perez hitlon's site!! lolllllllllllll Hey everyone!! Meggie is my MOTHER and she needs to put down the booooooooZE!! :-)



  58. 58

    Re: Mr. Xpose – love XTINA!!



  59. 59

    Re: Arranging Matches 12 – xtina is a queen!! XO



  60. 60

    This made me cry, Christina did Etta proud.

  61. 6one9 says – reply to this


    61

    and screw “anyone““ who did take photos!!

  62. 6one9 says – reply to this


    62

    and you “haters“““““““““ are just jealous of Christina!
    piss off



  63. 63

    The similarities between Christina and Etta's singing have always been there. I'm glad the family chose to have Christina sing at the funeral. Etta adored Christina, and Christina was obviously influenced by Etta's singing since she was a child. Those of us who have heard her perform "At Last" on her tour have known for some time what a great job she does with that song. I hope she makes a true blues album somewhere down the line. Etta James' Blues to the Bone album is one of my favorites, and Christina has it in her to make that kind of music and make it well.



  64. 64

    Re: MayaGaga – Sorry to break it to you sweetie but Etta Praised Christina, she sang for her years ago and she had nothing but nice things to say about her. Don't hate because nobody wants Gaga.

  65. cuete says – reply to this


    65

    this is how u pay a tribute to a legend unlike mariah at the MJ funeral could'nt carry a note



  66. 66

    OMG. Perez. Get REAL. I gotta say… I am a big fan of Christina. There is no doubt she is a gifted singer. But, a funeral is not the appropriate venue for fuck-me patent leather Louboutins and your tits all hanging out of a wrinkled, ill-fitting suit. I mean, pull that crunchy bleached hair back, wipe the porn star red lipstick off, cover your shit up and show some damn respect. She looks like she's about to hit up a club, for fucks sake. As for her song selection… Etta was pissed when Princess Beyonce sang it. PICK ANOTHER SONG! The woman had a huge fucking library of beautiful classics. Christina was pitchy and those runs were a cringe-worthy. FAIL, motherfuckers. FAIL.



  67. 67

    Re: J.rose6 – YES THERE ARE YOU JUST DON'T SEE THEM CAUSE THEY DIDN'T BLOW PEOPLE TO GET WHERE CHRISTINA IS LIKE SHE DID. YOU JUST HAVE NO TASTE CLEARLY.



  68. 68

    she always does a great job singing so how can you bad mouth xtina????



  69. 69

    Christina overdoes everything. It was waaaay too over the top and self-indulgent. That song sings itself and Christina would have done Etta justice if she did less- and just let the words and the music take over. Too much screaming. I prefer Etta - simple, pure, from the heart.



  70. 70

    Love it! Nicely done Christina.

    RIP Etta James.



  71. 71

    I don't know what you heard Perez but to my ear, she butchered it.



  72. 72

    I think Beyonce sings this so much better.



  73. 73

    Re: miafrea – I'm with you on that Mia. Whatever happened to those days where you were scared to get caught with recording equipment you brought to concerts. Not anymore. Not in this youtube era. Sad.



  74. 74

    Re: mariscos – Really? Then why Etta James herself said the, in more cleaner terms, woman couldn't sing her song right……..