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Etta James Rips Beyonce

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Etta James rips Beyonce for singing ‘At Last’

Music legend goes after ‘Cadillac Records’ star, says she can’t stand her
Access Hollywood
updated 1:53 p.m. ET, Thurs., Feb. 5, 2009

LOS ANGELES - It’s a feud that spans a generation — music legend Etta James has put modern superstar Beyonce on blast for singing her signature song, “At Last,” at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball after Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.

“I tell you, that woman he has singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her ass whipped,” James told a crowd at a concert in Seattle on Jan. 28. “I can’t stand Beyonce, she had no business up there singing ... my song that I’ve been singing forever.”

But it seems the feud is one-sided. Beyonce recently portrayed the older singer in the film “Cadillac Records,” where she performed “At Last” among other songs, and the two had the chance to meet at the film’s L.A. premiere, where Beyonce sang her predecessor’s praises.

“I actually just got a chance to speak with Etta James,” Beyonce told Access Hollywood at the time. “She’s a living legend and I want her to love the movie, and I hope she does.”

It’s not the first time Beyonce has had a run-in with a soul icon. After she referred to Tina Turner as “the queen” at the 2008 Grammy Awards, Aretha Franklin — long known as the Queen of Soul — issued a statement that said, “I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce ... However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy.”

 

As for “At Last” — while it may be James’ trademark tune, the track was first performed by Glenn Miller and his orchestra in 1941 and later by Nat King Cole in 1957. James debuted her version in 1961.

The writers of the song are Mack Gordon and Henry Warren, who penned a number of ’40s hits, including “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” (the first gold record ever with sales of 1,200,000), “You’ll Never Know,” “The More I See You” and “I’ve Got a Gal In Kalamazoo,” all No. 1 singles

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trueseeComment by truesee - February 5, 2009, 5:14 pm
I love Beyonce! She is a hard working young lady. Beyonce is multi-talented and should not be the subject of the riducule and scorn of Etta James. Etta James also disrespected the President. To insult a child, yes Beyonce is a child in comparison to Etta James is ridiculous. It appears to me after seeing after hearing Ms. James for myself is that she is angry, bitter and scornful not only at Beyonce but the world. It is not Beyonce fault that the Transition Team asked her to sing. If I could sing I would have pursued the Transition Team to let me be on the program. I personally disagree with Etta James and do not appreciate any African American woman denegrating another African American female. If I take it another step or another level I do not like anyone saying anything that derogatory about anyone.

Ms James I know you are angry and hope that you receive some counseling to help you move "AT LAST."
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DrannyMa7Comment by DrannyMa7 - February 9, 2009, 8:21 am
Too much idle time on her hands.
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biggmamaComment by biggmama - November 18, 2010, 1:11 pm
as black people we can never just be proud of each others accomplishments we just have to degrade each other i guess that is the old slave mentality vieing for masters attention
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jump1900Comment by jump1900 - December 16, 2011, 2:52 pm
The Associated Press, Friday, December 16, 2011, 9:43am (PST)
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- "At Last" and "Tell Mama" blues singer Etta James, whose health has been fading in recent years, is now terminally ill, and her live-in doctor is asking for prayers

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