Etta James: ‘I Can’t Stand Beyoncé’

Etta James vs. Beyoncé

Legendary blues singer Etta James had fighting words for Beyoncé and President Obama at a concert in Seattle last week.

“I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her ass whupped,” said the 71-year-old in response to the “Single Ladies” hitmaker performing “At Last,” the song she made famous, during Barack and Michelle Obama’s first dance as President and First Lady last month.

“The great Beyoncé,” James said sarcastically. “Like I said, she ain’t mine. … I can’t stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol’ president day, gonna be singing my song that I’ve been singing forever.”

James also had some unkind words for President Obama. “You guys know your president, right? You know the one with the big ears? … He ain’t my president.”

Beyoncé played Etta James in the movie Cadillac Records. The singers appeared together at the film’s premiere in December. Listen to the audio below.



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44 Comments

  1. unknown

    wow!!!
    biiiiiitch!!!!!!
    i love Beyonce && what she did for the president was an honor. Mrs James needs to chill out!!!!
    i knew i didnt like that old woman
    jealousy is a good form a flattery.

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  2. Dominicano

    Etta James aint alone!

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  3. Rap-Up-Player

    James is such a loserbitch.
    Beyonce is beautiful and TALENTED.
    She shits on all these chicks.
    People cant stand her bc people are weak and dumb.
    I mean im not even an harcore fan but why hate someone whos beautiful and talented??
    Dumb people.
    Etta ure just dumb and ure hating urself.

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  4. mr_baxter25

    beyonce is a bitch. period

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  5. mecia

    lol she is something else.. what made me mad was when she diss the prez man she has not respect for herself at all.

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  6. Kenny

    I feel what The Great Etta James is saying! I could understand it if Ms James was dead! The woman’s still here and singing strong at 71 years old. Even in The Movie Beyounce should have gave the same respect as Jamie Fox did when he did The Ray charles movie ,and what i mean by that ! IS!! certain Songs in the movie soundtrack should have been done by Etta ! Meaning the Classic , At Last!that should have been lip syc by Ms B! Where is the Respect for the Living legends. As far as she being upset with B singing her song at Obamas dance, it may not have been her choice. but being respectful to her predicessor she should have said she would perform it, but not without Ms James, them doing the song together, that would be respectful and fair. Perfect example at the BET Awards when Jennifer hudson and the original artist, Jennifer Holiday did the song Jennifer Holiday made famous,I’am Telling you!~ some songs should only be sung by the original artist, case and point! That song was taylored written for Etta! anyone can sing it! Only one will Own it! and that will always be ! Ms Etta James. one more thing , she also dissed! The Queen of Soul, what’s up with Ms B?? could she be a “B” ? i honestly hope not. she better check herself before she wreck herself~!!

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  7. mal

    oh what ever!!! everyone who has something to say bad about beyonce singing at last can go jump!!

    Etta James complaining saying she can’t stand beyonce??? thats what years of drug abuse does to your mind

    SAY NO MORE

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  8. D

    OH HELL NO..ETTA NEEDS TO SIT HER OLD WRINKLY ASS DOWN. SHE BETTER BE LUCKY THAT SOMEONE AS TALENTED AS BEYONCE EVEN SANG HER SONG. SHE’S JUST MAD BECAUSE OBAMA DIDN’T WANT HER BUT INSTEAD SOMEONE WHO CAN ACTUALLY SING AS OF NOW. BEYONCE IS AN AMAZING PERFORMER AND SHE PROVED THAT WHEN SHE SANG “AT LAST” AT THE INAUGURATION BALL. SO BYE BYE ETTA JAMES AND HELLLLLOOO BEYONCE!!!!

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  9. ave

    wow…that ol lady know she wrong for that…
    beyonce is the shit.
    and etta james is nowhere near b.
    hatin ass.
    and she really is trippin thinkin obama aint her president.
    wtf is she talkin about?
    lol.
    go carry your ass to germany then.

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  10. trey

    UMM ETTA JAMES IS RITE CAUSE ITS HER SONG….. TRUE BUT THE OBAMA JOKE WAS KINDA MEAN BUT PEOPLE THINK O BEYONCE OH SO GREAT AND SHE NOT PERFECT OK THE GIRL CAN SING OK…..ANY ONE CAN SING….ETTA SHOULD OF BEEN UP THERE MORE SO THEN BEYONCE PEOPLE LOOKIN AT BEYONCE LIKE SHE MADE THE SONG LIKE ITS HERS AND I THINK THATS WHY ETTA IS SO UPSET CAUSE PEOPLE WELL HER B-FANS TAKE HER TO FAR AS TO SAYIN SHE GREAT AND THIS AND THAT JUST BECAUSE EVERYTHING HAS BEEN HANDED TO U ON A SILVER PLATTER DOESNT MEAN OH UR SPECIAL OR GREAT CALL ME A HATER IF U WANT BUT IM ON ETTA JAMES SIDE IM SORRY PEOPLE WHO WAS 1ST N THIS GAME COME B4 ANY NEW GENRATION SINGER PERIOD

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  11. Bijan

    Wow thats dope. Its ashame she isnt a obama supporter

    BUT FINALLY SOMEONE CAN PUT BEYONCE IN HER PLACE
    and even though ppl are saying etta receives money from b singing. She probably doesnt. That could be why she had the audacity to say that.

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  12. D

    ALL U PEOPLE WHO AGREED WITH ETTAS OLD ASS SUCK ASS!..ETTA JAMES BETTER THANK BEYONCE FOR KEEPIN HER OLD STANK NAME OUT THERE. BEYONCE IS THE SHIT AND ETTA KNOWS THAT. I DON’T KNOW WHY SHE EVEN PLAYIN HER SELF RITE NOW. I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW ETTAS NAME UNTIL BEYONCE PLAYED HER IN CADILLAC RECORDS SO SHE NEEDS TO STOP AND GET WIT THE PROGRAM!..BEYONCE IS THE SHIT!!!

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  13. Dominicano

    ^ i agree!!!

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  14. Dominicano

    i dont agree to D i mean Bi Jan i agree with hell no Beyonce need to be put in her damn place sorry she do

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  15. BP86

    um…THAT wasn’t classy, now was it, etta james?

    I mean, she was fine with Beyonce’ until she sang ‘At Last’ at the inauguration, and now she’s mad? I think she’s jealous or bitter for some reason… I understand she feels possessive over the song, she made it famous, but Beyonce’ got clearance to sing it in the first place. If etta wants to blame anyone, she needs to blame the people who hold the rights over the song…(she didn’t write it). IT’s just classes to get mad at her

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  16. lolo

    Beyonce is the biggest bitch on the planet.
    She’s such a media whore! UGH

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  17. Dominicano

    ^ i agree lol

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  18. Seel

    @Kenny – great commment!!! I feel exactly the same and that’s why it was SO HARD to watch Beyonce’s part in Cadillac Records, because she played Etta, but it was still Beyonce’s voice there! I don’t understand that policy of making movie about legendary singers…

    Why you’re surprised that Etta said anything like that, I mean she has never been too diplomatic and picture perfect, for this reason, she wasn’t happy about Beyonce playing her in this movie.

    Aretha also didn’t write ‘Respect’, but try to tell anyone that’s not HER song.

    Anyone who didn’t know Etta’s name before movie… where do you live? In a CAVE or what?:>

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  19. MY OPINION

    ^^^lol^^^

    so true, that’s like saying slavery didn’t exist. the beyawnce stans are delusional and need to realize that everyone don’t have to like or adore her music. it’s straight garbage, everything about beyawnce last album is COPYCAT. Single Ladies sound like “get me bodied” and the beat is a copy cat of Will Smith “switch”. Check it out for yourself on youtube. you’ll be surprise by the how much of the truth is out there.

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  20. D

    TO THE COMMENT MADE BY LOLO.MEDIA WHORE!?..SHUT THE FUCK UP!.BEYONCE IS DOING HER THING PROMOTING HER ALBUM AND SELLING RECORDS.U CAN’T KNOCK HER FOR THAT. ETTA SHOULD BE HONORED THATSOMEONE OF BEYONCES STATURE EVEN SANG HER SONG. SHE POURED HER HEART OUT INTO THAT SONG. SHE SHOULD BE THANKING HER. NOT HATING! ETTAS OLD ASS NEEDS TO SIT DOWN BEFORE SHE BREAKS A BONE IN HER WEAK LIMB BODY.

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  21. Dominicano

    ^ you are so immature

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  22. BP86

    “D” just had me cracking up.lol hahaha

    BUT…it’s limp. not limb. still funny though.hahaha

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  23. D

    NOO TO THE COMMENT MADE BY DOMINICANO..U ARE THE ONE THATS IMMATURE. I JUST STATE THE FACTS. SO IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT..WELLLL I COULD CARE LESS WAT U LIKE AND DON’T LIKE! EVERYBODY KNOWS BEYONCE IS DOIN HER THING IN THIS MUSIC INDUSTRY AND FOR ETTA TO COME AT HER LIKE THAT WAS UNPROFESSIONAL. THERE WAS NO NEED FOR SUCH DISRESPECT. THERE’S PLENTY BEYONCE COULD SAY ABOUT ETTAS OLD FRAGILE ASS BUT SHE DIDN’T BECAUSE SHE IS CLASSY! AND TO BP86..IT WAS A TYPO..I MEANT TO PUT LIMP*. LOL

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  24. Jay

    Etta james u a old ass legend die already hahahaha fuck ya

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  25. Dominicano

    “D” u r silly like the others said lol

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  26. Catie

    I 100% agree with Etta on Beyonce but why the hate against Obama?

    Beyonce really had no business singing “At Last” for Barack and Michelle’s first dance.

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  27. GabY

    I really can’t understand how Etta James can stand herself… Gosh… I meen, Beyonce was wrong singing that song, but she also has the right to…I never liked that women … I knew she wasn’t what she seems. Whoaever…

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  28. BayAreaGirl

    HAHA u stupid ppl fell for it ppl always blowing things out of proportion Etta was joking when she said all tha stuff. See how ppl always twist situations and other believe it.

    The real story:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/eonline/20090206/en_top_eo/98742

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  29. amy

    I THINK ETTA SHOULD BE FLATTERED THAT ANYONE WOULD SING HER SONG INFRONT OF THE PRESIDENT. TAKE BEYONCE OUT OF IT.. THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT SOMEONE WANTED TO SING HER SONG TO THE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. Rap-Up-Player

    LMAO at people saying she needs to be put in her place and shes an attention-whore.
    Beyonce has never been disrespectful 2 any celeb and never came at them.
    There were a coulpe like Chilli from TLC and other peopel but she never said a bad thing about them.
    SHes an attention whore well shes successful and covers all aspects of entertainment, music, movies, commercials, fashion…so of course shes everywhere.
    So what?? Do u take a break from ur regular 9-5?? O doubt …so let her work and be quiet

    And also if Obama asked her why the fuck should she say “no”?? Yall can blame it on Obama

    Etta is a evil bitch.

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  31. dan

    maybe the hate against obama, cause he did not ask her to sing???

    and i think beyonce could have sung another song…
    especially because her interpretation of at last is not the best…she does not have the voice for that…christina aguileras version was way better

    and of course beyonce is doing her job with being everywhere…but you have to choose if that is the right way…many people feel´nerved by her face everywhere…its too much and not the way to be an icon..by the way…i dont think you chosse that you are an icon…you become one…and beyonce is not an icon…she is just successfull

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  32. Dat_dude317

    -Rap-Up-Player-

    if you aint saw how bitch-once done disrespected ppl idk where da hell you been at…someone needs tu take her snooty ass tu the bermuda triangle and drop her ass off…she swear everyone should bow down tu her but its good someone put a hoe in check.

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  33. mal

    wow so many haters :-O

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  34. flytodeath

    Etta James is mad because she cant consume solid foods… she needs to calm down before she has a heart attack.

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  35. Rap-Up-Player

    @Dat_dude317 :

    Who did she disrespect ….i dont know

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  36. dat_dude317

    bro…i wouldnt kno where tu start…im sure if you type it up you’ll find on going pages…but if ima not like someone its for a reason not just bcuz…like da bitch dat commented under my first comment

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  37. Rico

    She was joking for crying out loud and lets face it she do sing at last way better then beyonce-not that i dislike beyonce my ipod has many of her songs but her interpretation of at last aint da best.

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  38. jordan

    eat a dick old pussy.

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  39. Tha Baddest

    Well wat i think about the situation is dat beyonce did ha thang by singin at da ball and i think ella old ass just haten cuz beyonce sing da song betta den she could ever can ella just goin through menopause and just being a bitch….wat she need 2 do is go sit her old ass down and let beyonce do ha thang……the beef me is just stupid……and i dnt no y she tryna joke on obama sayin dat he got big ears wen da bitch look like she overosed on crack……myself i hate da old bitch….Love Ya Beyonce!!!!!!!!!

    ~Da Baddest Bitch Roundz

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  40. Desiree

    It’s a shame that people have to be disrepectful, to one another. First of all, for a person to sing your song is the highest form of flatery. And I think that Etta James was very unclassy for the comments she made about Beyonce, And our President Obama. Ms. Etta you know the struggles our people went thru back in the days. So why would you be so heartless to a young singer that is able to be where she is at now because you paved the way for enterainers of today? You should be happy that Obama, and Beyonce were able to be on that stage. That was Martin Luther King’s dream. And Obama has made that dream a reality. So people please stop the hating of one another and realize this dream together. Mz. Desiree

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  41. why should you care!

    nicely said, beyonce could get pretty annoying! why couldnt she sing her own song, Etta James is still alive…they could have asked her to sing it!

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  42. Sena

    Ms James,
    I love you ever so dearly, you will never ever before gotten. I would love to hear you perform
    “At Last” live here in the Big D @ the opera house, max or perhaps the fox. However, Beyonce, was honored to represent you in the movie. She even donated ALL of her EARNINGS to a rehab center. We all know that she made a lot of money in this movie.
    Please, take this opportunity to start touring again, we are all looking forward in seeing you again. Much love a supportive sister.
    P.S Please respect Mr. President Barack Obama, just remember when you had to enter the hotel, clubs (where you performed)and diners through the back door. You could not even drink from the same fountain that the former slave owners dranked from. I am not asking you to like him. Just R E S P E C T him.

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  43. IndustryMan

    With every tree a seed is born. Please make room for the future.Etta had her moment.When are we gonna stop stepping on the ones trying to reach where Etta has gone.Beyonce is brillant. Give me one name that can move like she does, sing like she does and write like she does. Triple Threat times 12. One day someone will be saluting Beyonce its just the way it is.Seasons change. Did we really want to hear Etta screaming trying to hit those notes.NO! There are singers now that can sing betta than Aretha, Whitney and Dionne. Maybe not in there prime, but hell put Jennifer Hudson up against Dionne Warwick right now and see what happens.lol.

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