Singer Etta James is not happy. Upset that Beyonce was asked to sing her classic hit “At Last” on inauguration night, the singer lashed at over the weekend at both Beyonce and President Obama. While performing in concert, the singer was recorded saying the following: “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.”
Some people thought the statement above was false until TMZ got a hold of the recording which you can listen to here or on You Tube here.
My personal belief is that Etta is upset that she was not asked to sing the song at such an historic event. She made the song famous and it is clearly her claim to fame and she feels slighted by the President and Beyonce, who she feels is now reaping the benefits of a song she made a classic.
TMZ says they attempted to contact both Etta and Beyonce for comment but neither of them nor their representatives have responded.