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Created by The Core DJ's Jul 6, 2014 at 4:18pm. Last updated by The Core DJ's Jul 6, 2014.

Etta James is a HATER?? Dissing Beyonce??

Remember a few months ago when Etta James had some nice things to say about Beyoncé's portrayal of her in "Cadillac Records"? Well, apparently the good vibes have dissipated. James unleashed a verbal beat-down on B last week during a concert in which she, believe it or not, threatened to whip the "Single Ladies" singer's butt.

Though she wasn't the first singer to perform it, the 71-year-old James has made the smoldering ballad "At Last" her signature song since it became a hit for her in 1961. Beyoncé sang for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's first dance at the Neighborhood Ball two weeks ago. For some reason, that seems to have angered James, who put Beyoncé, and the president, for that matter, on blast during a show at Seattle's Paramount Theatre on January 28.

During the gig, she criticized the singer's performance at the inauguration. "You guys know your president, right? You know the one with the big ears?" began her rant, a recording of which was obtained by TMZ. "Wait a minute, he ain't my president. He might be yours; he ain't my president. But I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song — she's going to get her a-- whipped.

"The great Beyoncé," James went on. "Like I said, she ain't mine. ... I can't stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol' president day, gonna be singing my song that I've been singing forever."

A review of the show in the Seattle Times noted James' reputation as a bawdy performer, adding that she made "lewd facial and hand gestures" during her opening song, "Come to Mama."

Beyoncé won critical acclaim for portraying James in "Cadillac Records," and has performed "At Last" several times since the movie was released, including in front of James, who has not made this kind of public fuss over it previously. A spokesperson for Beyoncé could not be reached for comment at press time. Beyoncé got in hot water with another icon last year at the Grammys, when soul legend Aretha Franklin ripped into B for introducing Tina Turner as "the queen," a title Franklin has claimed as her own.

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Comment by murkman on February 12, 2009 at 8:01pm
Comment by Angel on February 7, 2009 at 9:23pm
Hello!!!!!!!!!! This lady IS 71 years old, maybe she forgot this week who Beyonce is and Obama for that matter!

You know she has that "Alzheimers" or "All-timeres" disease, you know maybe she's not "ALL" there, this is

the age that it starts to affect you. I wish her well and maybe next week she will remember who her friends

are!!!!!!!!! LOL
Comment by PAM GREER on February 7, 2009 at 3:05pm
@Mommawonder. Etta isnt the first to sing it. In 1941 the song was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical film Orchestra Wives, starring George Montgomery and Ann Rutherford. It was first performed in the film and on record by Glenn Miller and his orchestra, vocal by Ray Eberle and Pat Friday. The song was a major hit for Miller, reaching number 14 on the Billboard pop charts in 1942, and it soon became a standard. Nat King Cole recorded it in 1957 on his number one album Love Is the Thing. In 1960, it was covered by blues singer Etta James in a performance that improvised on Warren's melody. James was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 for her rendition of the song.

So, rather Beyonce was wrong for not inviting Etta to perform on the "important" day; Etta is still off the chain. Nevertheless, Beyonce do need to make songs that will have a lasting effect and can do song 5 years from now. I heard Christina Agulliar can blow this song better than both of them; but, cant find a video of it so that statement is pending. I bet the next black president will watch who he/she picks to sing for the first dance. Too much drama in the entertainment world.
Comment by MsKamesha on February 6, 2009 at 9:45pm
I agree she is a hater...Most people thought Etta James was dead...Beyonce did her some justice...I think that is really crazy and she is too old!!
Comment by SMOOT on February 6, 2009 at 9:10pm
Comment by MBL records on February 6, 2009 at 8:58pm
yo t neal thats crazy
Comment by truemobrecordz on February 6, 2009 at 7:34pm
She is wrong as two left shoes. They say imitation is the best form of flattery. She should be glad that Beyonce chose to pay homage to her. I thought Etta James been died... LOL

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Comment by Urban Charisma Records on February 6, 2009 at 8:25am
Welcome to the competitive industry of music.
Comment by DJ FreddyReady on February 6, 2009 at 12:30am
she just mad cause she didn't sing for Obama..
Comment by Karl "DJ KP" Bee on February 5, 2009 at 11:58pm
WOW! Etta Ain't Going Awready.

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