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Etta James Hates Hates Hates Beyonce

Etta James Hates Hates Hates Beyonce

Etta James very publicly expressed her hatred for Beyonce at a concert in Seattle last week. (They looked so friendly together on the red carpet back in November!)

The 71-year old legendary singer said to her audience, “You guys know your President [Barack Obama], right? You know the one with the big ears? Wait a minute, he ain’t my President, he might be yours but he ain’t my President.”

Etta continued, “I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her ass whooped… The great Beyonce … but I can’t stand Beyonce. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol’ president day … singing my song ["At Last"] that I’ve been singing forever.”

Of note: Etta was the third person to record “At Last” in 1961 behind Glenn Miller (1941) and Nat King Cole (1957). Check out the rant below!

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Posted to: Beyonce Knowles, Etta James

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128 Responses to “Etta James Hates Hates Hates Beyonce”

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  1. 1
    marie Says:


  2. 2
    andamentothat Says:

    i think she was joking

  3. 3
    Quoc Says:

    yea, I think she was joking as well…she has more class than that…she probably had too much bourbon in her system ;)

  4. 4
    Sara Says:

    I heard about this. Etta’s a little too old for a catfight. She was a fabulous singer but sometimes you have to pass the torch.

  5. 5
    JJ Says:

    Well, It IS Etta James signiture song, I was thinking , Why not get Etta to sing it?!
    I think she has every right to be hurt…

  6. 6
    T Says:

    she better be joking, beyonce has done nothing but praise her and be courteous, she even sang right in front of her at whatever awards those were

  7. 7 Says:

    It’s fine that she was disappointed but for a woman her age to behave in this manner is a tad inappropriate.

  8. 8
    postwatcher Says:

    Etta is right. Actually she should have been asked to sing, instead Obama went with the “trendier and younger” Beyonce.

    No matter who was the first person to write/sing “At Last” everyone knows this is Etta’s standard. It has been her signature for decades.

    Obama chose non American Citizens like U2 and Sting to perform which is ridiculous.

    I am sure both Glen Miller and Nat King Cole would chose Etta’s version over any one else.

  9. 9
    Yumi Says:

    That’s just like when Craptina Uglyera “sings” (butchers) That song!
    It just aint right unless Etta James sings it! It;s in her soul! It Is HER song!!
    I love Beyonce and all but, I’m with Etta on this one…

  10. 10
    postwatcher Says:

    ps. I can’t stand Beyonce either!

  11. 11
    Daisy Says:

    Not nice at all! She sounds drunk!

  12. 12
    Susan Says:


  13. 13
    cynthia Says:

    ‘Dammnn i hope it was a joke and Etta is so rude to beyonce :@
    Beyonce is the best !!! LOVE YOU BEYONCE

  14. 14
    kiki Says:

    Oh! Thank God they didn’t ask Christina A to sing “her version” of at last! She does it terrible! Etta James would have shot her in her face!

  15. 15
    TaylorSwiftfan Says:

    What’s up with these artists trashing the youth.

    At least try to be classy instead of coming off as some bitter, harggard “are they not dead yet” hasbeen.

    If it’s HER song then she shouldn’t have allowed Beyonce to sing it.
    But oh wait… she doesn’t own it! So she can’t do a damn thing.

    Yes she made that song what it is today and I’m sure it would have been great if she did sing at the inauguration but for her to retaliate in this way is just pathetic.

  16. 16
    Ants Says:

    She’s joking, right? I love Etta. She’s the Queen but it’s not Beyonce’s fault Obama asked her to sing and not Etta.

  17. 17
    Tammy Says:

    hopefully etta was joking. did she forget that beyonce portrayed her in cadillac records?!?

  18. 18
    Ingrid Says:

    What a horrible, hateful woman. At the end of the day, Beyoncé is the person who will come out of this fire and look good.

  19. 19
    CARING Says:

    It is NOT Etta James song. She herself covered it after two other people sang it! So she should shut her pie hole!! I do not recall the firs two people that sang the song first complaining about Etta. Stupid old woman!

  20. 20
    susanist Says:

    It was like asking Beyonce to sing “Private Dancer”

  21. 21
    Kira Says:

    Just sounds like sour grapes, bitterness and ALOT of jealousy on Etta’s part. How sad! I’m sure Beyonce has too much class to respond to her comments and I’m not even a Beyonce fan!

  22. 22
    GOOD Says:

    Her song, her right. Beyonce is getting annoying anyway.

  23. 23
    manche de pelle Says:

    You realize this is of no consequence at all. We’ll all die anyway.

  24. 24
    Caroline Says:

    Jared this is bad reporting from you. That was not really Etta. It was a stand up comedian impersonating Etta.

    Here is a link reporting on what Etta thought of Beyonce’s performance.….once_is_sm.html

  25. 25
    susanist Says:

    Beyonce ‘portrayed’ Etta James she is NOT Etta James and that’s the point. Beyonce should have sung a Beyonce song. Again that’s the point and regardless of how many people sang the song before Etta she ruled the song to the degree it became her standard.

    Fever was sang by others besides Peggy Lee but it is her song, she came to own it. And what happened here would be the same as if Peggy were still alive and actively singing but a President would ask Christina Aguilera to sing it based on her portrayal of Lee in a movie.

    You know, a lot of people thought Etta James was dead prior to the Cadillac Records movie and in many ways she was. So this is another strike against her. Beyonce is not Etta James and she is not Diana Ross but seems to be intent on portraying these greats. Who’s next? Tina Turner?

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