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.”
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.
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.
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. :(
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.