Etta James touched the world with her powerful voice and timeless music. Many of the artists she inspired took to Twitter to share their sadness and pay respect to the iconic singer, who died of complications from leukemia at the age of 73. From Beyoncé’s touching tribute to JoJo and Jessie J’s endearing words to a grateful Flo Rida’s thank you, the stars praised the late legend. Read their heartfelt messages below.
Mariah Carey: Rest in peace to one of the world’s most influential singers Etta James, you will be missed.
Christina Aguilera: Etta James was a force to be reckoned with. A true gift to music and a woman of great spirit and courage. Her raw tone and the passion she put forth on a record spoke to me at a very young age and has continued to influence and inspire me throughout my career. She will NEVER be forgotten, her voice will forever live on and she will inspire talent for generations to come.
Keri Hilson: Rest In Peace, Etta James.
Kelly Rowland: CLASSIC. ONE OF A KIND. PURE SOUL. ETTA JAMES! Thank You for gracing us with your incredible talent & presence!
Rihanna: #DearEtta may you rest in peace.
JoJo: Wow wow wow. We lost a legend today. #RIPETTAJAMES … she is one of the reasons I sing today. Major major inspiration. Peace be with you.
will.i.am: Showing respect appreciation and love for all the wonderful music and joy #ettajames brought to the world…#ettajamesforever
Flo Rida: I’m deeply saddened by the passing of the Great Etta James and I will be forever grateful for the gift she Blessed me with.
Lady Gaga: Tonight I will have one whole quart of brandy for Etta.
Justin Bieber: RIP to the great Etta James
Jessie J: Just been told the legend that is Etta James has passed. Thank you for your voice your dedication to us and your gift. Your voice is timeless and will forever live on. I will always look to you for inspiration. R.I.P Mya: R.I.P. ETTA JAMES
Anthony Hamilton: Etta James helped pioneer the heartbeat of a new generation w/ a musical style that allowed people 2 feel outside the box. She’ll be missed.
Jay Electronica: …got the rap game singing “at last” like #EttaJames.
Rico Love: Rest in peace Etta James….. #TTLO
Nick Cannon: RIP Etta James
Pink: RIP to the late and great Etta James. Your voice and your fight inspired me and many. I love that through recordings, people can live forever.
Diddy: RIP Etta James
Lil’ Kim: #RIPEttaJames
Marsha Ambrosius: R.I.P Etta James
?uestlove: rip tp Etta James. i will hold the torch high for The Roots name in your honor.
Dawn Richard: I sing the songs that people need to hear. Etta James RIP ETTA JAMES…. you will be missed.. your music touched millions…
Azealia Banks: R.I.P Etta James. :( ….. I got into LaGuardia singing “At Last”.
Toni Braxton: Rest in peace to the wonderful legend Etta James
Jazmine Sullivan: R.I.P Etta James
Melody Thornton: The music world has lost 1 of the best vocalists ever and at only 73 yrs old. #sadday bless her soul and RIP Etta James