Etta James should be setting an example for younger entertainers to follow.Instead, she would rather be in competition with them.Jealousy seemed to rear it’s ugly head at a show that Etta James did in Seattle.And it was all aimed at Beyonce.President Obama got honorable mention as well.That’s because he had the audacity to have Beyonce sing at the Inaugural Ball & not Etta! Here’s more from MTV.com:
“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.” (End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.
Does Etta James really want these types of shenanigans to be a part of her legacy? What a classless act! I am sorely disappointed because I consider Etta James to be a legendary singer with an astoundingly beautiful voice. This just diminishes her in my eyes. And it also proves that not everyone matures with age. Older performers can be just as lewd & disrespectful as the younger ones.
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