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Etta James Lashes Out at Beyonce For Singing "At Last" at Inauguration — Whose Side Are You On?

Etta James Lashes Out at Beyonce For Singing "At Last" at Inauguration — Whose Side Are You On?

Beyonce Knowles had the world watching on inauguration night when she performed "At Last" for Barack and Michelle Obama's first dance as president and first lady. Over the past year, Beyonce has sung the famous tune many times — including in front of Etta James — before playing the legend in Cadillac Records. This week at a concert in Seattle, Etta James went off on Beyonce and denounced President Obama for inviting her to sing. James said:

"You guys know your president, right? You know the one with the big ears? Wait a minute, he ain't my president, he might be yours, he ain't my president. You know that woman he had singing for him, singing my song — she's going to get her ass whipped. The Great Beyonce. I can't stand Beyonce. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol' president day, singing my song that I've been singing forever."

Beyonce was asked to perform it and Etta wasn't the first one to make it famous, but she is the most well-known performer of "At Last." Listen to Etta's rant here. When it comes to these two feuding divas whose side are you on — Beyonce's or Etta's?


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Southern-Bell-GA Southern-Bell-GA 8 years
President Obama made the right choice in asking Beyonce Knowels to sing at his Presidental Ball. I feel that after Etta James made a verbal threat about "kicking Beyonce's ass" shows that Ms.James lacks class and self respect! And also reveals that she is "Green with Jealously" of Beyonce. Beyonce has displayed class, dignity and great respect for her image and fans and by not stupping to the 71 year old's jealous remarks! I feel that she has also shown a respect for Ms. James by Ms.James being 56 years her senior by not commentting or lashing out at such jealously and hatred! As Beyonce declared in her song "I better than that" I'm not going to dis you on the internet cause my moma taught me better than that". So I guess it just boils down to good ol home traing or as they say "A hit dog will holler"!
theendoffailure theendoffailure 8 years
Ok... First off... That's not her song. It was first done by Glenn Miller back in the 40's. Then AGAIN by Nat King Cole in the 50's, THEN that crazy old bag did it in the 60's. She's just jealous because Obama didn't ask HER to perform it. Etta can SUCK IT!
cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
p.s. I prefer the way Christina Aguilera sings at last. I know everyone's going to call foul but just saying
cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
Etta James paid her dues so naturally I feel like she should have been up there. Is it rude that she took a stab at another celebrity , Yes of course that's always in bad taste. Etta has become a a drunk these days which is sad and Beyonce's ego is bigger than the equator so both of them need to get it together. I heard from another gossip site that both Beyonce and her family are registered republicans. Ha, the irony .. :)
Starcaddy Starcaddy 8 years
Etta James SHAME ON YOU!! I actually bought your CD to introduce your music to my children. At this time in our history when we have so many people that are hurting we should be thankful that this younger generation is recognizing you at all. You choose to disrespect not only the President but a young person that has done nothing to hurt or bad mouth you. You have no Class,We thought you were dead. But then there is no fool like an old fool is there?
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
reeeeka reeeeka 8 years
It's not her song, in fact she was the 3rd person to sing/record it. This 71 year old woman is acting like a jealous brat. I love her and I love that song the way she sings it but she is over reacting HARDCORE. This isn't the first time Beyonce has sung this song so why is it now that Etta is coming out a hater? She had nothing but good things to say about Beyonce in Cadillac Records.
diy diy 8 years
*delivery isnt the same as Etta's .... oopsies! MAJOR booboo :(
diy diy 8 years
Well, the president did ask Beast-once, so why not? But I somewhat agree with Etta...'AT LAST', as beautiful as it is, the delivery of it isnt the same as Beyonce (or anyone else's version for that matter). That beautiful has been so overused from car commercials to movie soundtracks, Im gonna say Im getting tired of it :( I think Ms. James felt overlooked. Besides, Beyonce is a smidgeon overhyped in my opinion.
tyry tyry 8 years
Etta is clinging onto the last bit of fame that she has becuase she obviously is not a confident woman. Her comments made her look like a dumb a**. She is an embarrasment. You think she would have learned some manners by now.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
What freaks me out is I was reading articles a few weeks ago talking about how Etta was so honored that "At Last" was chosen to be sung that night. Make up your mind, woman! Regardless, though, she didn't need to insult the President or Beyonce for this. Neither one of them did anything wrong, and while she may be upset she wasn't chosen to sing the song, she should have said that instead of ranting and raving like a lunatic.
simbaspaws simbaspaws 8 years
What does being old or not having the voice anymore have to do with it. That is even more of an insult. Etta is a legend and to me Beyonce does not have a good voice in the first place. I laughed my ass off at her "french" performance at the Oscars...overrated
simbaspaws simbaspaws 8 years
Tapioca I agree 100%. Beyonce is so overrated and I was actually shocked and maybe ignorant because I thought the only reason Beyonce was performing, was that Etta was no longer alive. I think not inviting her was a major diss.
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 8 years
We love you Beyonce!
LolaSvelt LolaSvelt 8 years
WOW - what a bitch. Stupid bitter hag. My thoughts on her have changed.
sonnia-x sonnia-x 8 years
i'm with beyonce for sure , i mean , c'mon it's not her fault ,the president asked her to sing this song, what's she supposed to do ? say no to the new president on inaguration !!!!! .u know what? may be Etta is jealous from B ????!!! what do u think ???
jaan_black jaan_black 8 years
I just think it's hilarious! I'd looooove to see her b**** slap Beyonce's weave off and then proceed to sing
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
And I don't how she can have the nerve to say those things about the president either!
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Bitter much. And talk about being childish *rolls eyes*
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
She maybe the most well-known singer of the song but A) she didn't write it, and B) it was not written for her.... Etta needs to get a grip if she was infact a true legend she would not attack Beyonce but think of it as an honor that a new generation of singers are looking to her for inspiration.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I just think Beyonce is the most overratted pompous person on the planet right now. I wish she'd just go away
Iris1000 Iris1000 8 years
What a wonderful lesson to learn here. Stem that jealousy. It only makes a person look BAD!!!
esweet esweet 8 years
I am actually shocked that 34% of voters sided with Etta. First, she seems extremely bitter. Second, unless I'm missing something, it's not like Beyonce forced anyone to choose her. THE PRESIDENT CHOSE BEYONCE. It is his inauguration and I think he made a fabulous choice. This is such an unprovoked, bitter attack that doesn't even make sense. Who said that the president even wanted Etta? Or that she was even an option? Goodness, people can't even choose who they like without controversy anymore!
nguidjol nguidjol 8 years
Beyonce is so overated. Etta is bitter. They shoulda ask Whitney Huston to sing. Amen!
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