Beyoncé Remembers Etta James

Etta James and Beyoncé

Etta James inspired a generation of vocalists. One of her most famous fans, Beyoncé, has issued a statement following the passing of the blues legend. Beyoncé portrayed James in the 2008 film Cadillac Records, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, and covered her classic “At Last.”

‎”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. 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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34 Comments

  1. Speechless

    That’s right she better bow down to Etta James.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Speechless, She ain’t bowing . Trust in that .

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    Boy Wonder Reply:

    @Real Issh, So when she shows respect she’s punking out but had she said nothing or commented a week later she’d be disrespectful. I don’t even fck with the chick but y’all hate this broad for no reason some time.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Boy Wonder, I agree . I’m TeamBey sooo .

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  2. alci

    Etta was such a bitch towards Beyoncé, but I’m glad she still wrote this statement. TRUE CLASS!

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    bluie day Iveyz Reply:

    @alci, ture

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    bluie day Iveyz Reply:

    @alci, right about that

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    :o Reply:

    @alci, true that

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    yoooo Reply:

    @alci, Etta James suffered from dementia so that explains everything.

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  3. carterr34

    Beyoncé is amazing for this. I’m with alci. Etta was extremely disrespectul with Beyoncé, first she said she loved her and her performance/voice and then, when Beyoncé performed for Obama, she got pressed. Anyway, RIP.

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  4. true love

    That is classy of Beyonce. I was waiting on her to give a statement since she play Mrs. Etta James in a movie. RIP.

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  5. cimoua

    LOL.

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  6. Jay

    RIP Etta James, I never knew who she was till Cadillac Records but she definitely was on the greats.

    Beyoncé is a classy chick for this one.

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    :o Reply:

    @Jay, ikr same here

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  7. NuBlossom

    Disrespectful? I understood her frustration. Maybe it should have not been geared towards Bey (entirely) but what the President did by having Bey perform HER song was messed up. THAT was disrespectful. It wasn’t Beyonce who gave life to that song, it wasn’t her who lived through the segregation between blacks and whites. Etta deserved that honor so that was a kick in the face. I think she felt Bey was getting a little too comfortable singing her song everywhere. Love Bey’s music but true class my ass. That women was shaded in the worst way.

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    IAmWhoIam Reply:

    @NuBlossom,

    THANK YOU!

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    Kia Reply:

    @NuBlossom, First of All At Last is NOT Etta James song she re-made it

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    JP Reply:

    @NuBlossom, I could agree if the song was written for Etta James, but it was not. Etta James was one of several people that covered the song. In fact, Glenn Miller was one of the first artists to make it popular.

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    Kia Reply:

    @JP,

    Thank You, Glenn Miller did it in 1941

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @NuBlossom, It shouldn’t have been directed at Bey at all . What does a singer do ? Sing . The president asked Bey to sing , & she did . Grow up .

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    NuBlossom Reply:

    @NuBlossom, Google “At Last” and see who comes up. She made that song what it is. That was her signature song. Just as not many are going to remember that “I Will Always Love You” was originally Dolly Parton’s song or the “Single Ladies” dance was inspired. Many of Bey fans would have a fit if the shoe was on the other foot. Some newcomer(compared to Etta) getting praise and a very honor for something she spent her career making name brand. Wigs off on Twitter.

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    marcus Reply:

    @NuBlossom, booo do ur reserch.. He did it. cause the song wWASNT ETTA JAMES song.. 3 folsk b4 her had already done the song..Its just her version was the GOLDEN classic . version.. The song isnt Ettas. not even in credit… so thats why.. and lets be real… Etta couldnt sang that song how she once did…

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  8. @SLICKERTHANSLY

    Well, this is a surprise.

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  9. nicegirl

    You can tell Bey was so nervous in this performance. Anyways, nice statement and RIP Etta James.

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  10. Triniti

    RIP Etta!

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  11. Audrey Hepburn

    Sounds like someone wrote that for her. Typical press release language. We all know Beyonce didn’t like her & she did a horrible job at playing her. Etta deserved so much better. Perhaps a true actress. :(

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    Real Issh Reply:

    Audrey Hepburn deserves so much better . Perhaps a true shade thrower . Not some undercover Beyonce fan ;(

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @Real Issh,

    Too bad your response won’t help her acting skills. It’s funny how you Bey stans can’t admit when your “queen” is not as good as you would like her to be. In all honesty, she did not play Etta well. Not shade. Just the truth.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, On the contrary – I think Bey did a flawless job , signing and acting . When a star is a star , u can’t take nothing from them . But opinions are like all the cliches so u know the rest of this sentence .
    Now – I wouldn’t watch a movie that has the Queen that I hate in it . Why were u watching again ? #majah

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @Real Issh, I watched the movie because of the many portrayals of legends like Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, the founders of Chess Records and the incomparable Etta James. Needless to say, the entire movie fell flat. Beyonce was just the cherry on top of that disaster.

    and FYI, I never said I HATE anyone. It’s just a matter of my personal artistic choosing.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, The movie showcased a lot of youthful talent . Mos Def , Bey , etc did an amazing job – TO ME .
    Your “artistic choosing” shouldn’t have u dissing the ones u don’t like . Majority .

  12. KillBill

    @Audrey Hepburn, Critics were praising Beys perfOrmance WHILE haters only throw typical shade.

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  13. Lisa

    Beyonce once again tries to make this about herself. She didn’t even have enough decency to meet up with Etta when she portrayed her in Cadallic Records. How can you not meet up with the person you are portraying and the person was still alive? Etta meant what she said dementia or not. Beyonce didn’t respect Etta enough to talk to her about portraying her, so Etta showed the hoe no respect. Beyonce only played Etta for the last 10 minutes of the movie, because she sounded and acted nothing like her the entire movie. Beyonce is always after a quick buck. Fake hoe.

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  14. @JUICEloveONIKA

    DAMN Bey Look GOOD AF!!!!!!!!

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