Etta James Upset With Beyonce

Beyonce 2009 Spring Dereon Ad Campaign 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.

230 Comments

  1. Etta is a legend but please stop hating on Bey she did a great performance, and she deserves RESPECT for it.
    I don’ think that jealousy is a reason to disrespect a historical moment like that.

  2. The audio is true…and according to the folks that attended the seattle performance said she was very much high or drunk and that her performances were horrible. Folks paid between $65-70 to see the old bag perform with the roots. Im so surprised at Etta b/c her son said in the NY DAILY news that Etta was in tears when Bey sang that song for the pres and that she was “WOWED” by bey’s performance. And how dare her old druged up azz talk slick about OUR President?? That old hag better fall back b4 she literally falls back into somone’s grave hole! Old pitbull face azz!

  3. @ that IDIOT above me

    Kick rocks..Im intitled to my own damn opinion and if that eldery woman can go up on stage talking down on our president and one our generations best Artist, then I have the right to say what I feel. I love old people and respect them to the fullest but when you go off talking slick about MY president then I loose all respect. I heard the actual audio and I was disgusted by her nasty behavior she is way too old to be acting like that especially when Bey looks up to Etta and is the one that (for real for real) made her name known to our generation. To me if this was really her and she was saying all that to be hurtful then she’s a bitter old drug addict that needs to fall back. and thats REAL TALK!

  4. Etta, sit cho ass down!…you’re a damn disgrace! You behaving like a spurned mistress, screaming on the Pastor’s porch.

    When you sober up, I hope you cring with embarrassment listening to the play back of that mess. You’re meant to be a phuking legend, act with class.

  5. Oh Shut up Obama nor B*****e are not god. She has a right to be up set. It’s her song. Ms. Etta is a living legend so it would make more sense to have a legend performing it. It’s far better singers out there than B*****e like Fanatasia, Jennifer, Jasmine, and Christina. Ms. Etta just gave this chick more press, so once again mission accomplished. B*****e is a black verison of Madonna, her career is base on an Image & Controversy.

  6. It’s easy to say Etta needs to be quiet. “At Last” is Etta’s signature song. If you created something and then someone used it, made it famous for their own benefit and people forgot you were the originator, wouldn’t you be mad too? I’m not saying Beyonce didn’t give Etta her dues. Etta should’ve been classy about the whole thing but I don’t blame her. Thirty years from now some new artist will probably do their own version of “If I Were A Boy” and the kids of that generation aren’t gonna care who Beyonce is and that she was the first to sing that song. All they’ll care about is the new hot chick singing it. And us old heads will be trying to school the young people on Beyonce. It’s a cycle.

  7. Etta sounds mad as hell. I understand that she is hurt but she should have behaved with more class.

    I think Beyonce tries hard at everything she does and that can be annoying when she is trying hard with someone else’s hard work.

    Sad thing is that Bee will be forgotten in years to come, so she might wanna play nice coz one day she too will be old.

    Etta should not have blasted Obama tho. That man is the way forwrad and he is hott (no disrespect to Michelle)

  8. I can understand a little how she feels. But she shouldn’t have siad any of those things . What she siad was very immature and ignorant.

  9. @Real Talk,

    If Bey is the reason ‘your generation’ has heard of Etta James then you must be twelve and badly in need of culture. Give me a break. Everyone knows Etta James sang that song.

    You don’t overcome evil with evil, you overcome evil with good. That’s my point dear. Etta is obviously ‘not all there’ so why dump on an elderly woman with serious issues.

    Your talk about ‘my president’, I don’t feel Barack would approve of you’re cussing out an elderly woman whether you felt she deserved it or not.

    So there, you have been reprimanded. Can we all just get along?

  10. Asking someone to sing someone else’s signature song while that person is still well and alive and can sing it is beyond me. Etta has been through apartheid and black history culture and on this historic day she doesn’t get to sing HER song. It’s like asking Fantasia to sing “Respect” while Aretha is well and alive and well capable of singing it herself or asking somebody else to sing “My heart will go on” while Celine Dion can sing it better than anyone else and she is still well and alive . Nobody said Beyonce sucked, it’s just that song is Etta James’ song and I think she should have been asked to sing it.

  11. Hi everyone,

    Okay so Ms James was not acting very classy but she’a a DIVA and she has earned her stripes so if she wanna lash out at a young’n like Beyonce she can…one day Beyonce can lash out at some other kiddies when she’s old and grey okay!

    But seriously, could Beyonce not have sang one of her own songs? I mean this is her moment in history and she decides to hash out a classic that was made famous by someone else?? C’mon Bey next time you’re invited to sing at a hisotrical event try pull out something from your OWN bag of tricks and leave the classics to the legends…..cause thats the only way you’re going to become the legend you so deparately want to be! By making your OWN classics….

    Oops my bad – she couldnt exactly gyrate her crotch at that event, thats why she had to borrow a classy tune from someone else lol!

    Im waiting for the stans to crucify me….

  12. Etta was just being her old self she has always been a rude drama queen and she still is and she dsnt not suprise me,i dnt condone he behavior though,if Barack or Michelle requested that song they cud have atleast asked Etta herself,if beyonce is an icon or wants to be one as most of you say why was she shining on someone else’s song,dsnt she trust her own songs or the songs she has hijacked.

  13. Etta is a bitter old woman and it shows she is classless and tastless and that is why she didn’t go farther in her career. Also it was to my understanding that Michelle and Barack requested that song… and that is why she is ticked at President Obama but she needs to sit her crack addicted self down talking about the prez like that what a loser!

  14. I understand where she’s coming from but she should have kept that to herself. But being the TRUE DIVA that she is you cant tell Ms. James nothing!!!!! she’s going to speak her mind lol!

  15. Even though I thought Etta could have done the song better. I think it is quite classless for her to talk like that about Beyonce or the President. I am not a big Beyonce fan but I could see why they wanted her to sing at the neighborhood ball.

  16. Etta is a legend. Point blank. That’s her song. Beyonce better be happy Etta gave her support for Beyonce to play her in Cadillac Records. As many songs as Beyonce has, she could have chosen her own song.

  17. OMG! So she’s really like in the movie (Cadillac Records)??? I think she doesn’t need to be so rude especially over OBAMA. I can undertsand her fellings but she could have said it with more class and respect.

    I was very suprised when I heard that Bey will sing for their first dance. I think that singers like Aretha, Celine Dion, Whitney, Mariah or even Barbara Streisand would have been a better choice…but Bey did a good job.

  18. I don’t believe this story lol Well she will be on WGN news soon so we shall see.

  19. right… well that was a little harsh, no need to put it so ‘bluntly’ like that, although I understand her sentiments but the President and/or his family must’ve wanted her. Although, it’s like asking Leona Lewis or Jordin Sparks to sing Mariah Carey’s Hero or something. hmmm I, personally think Beyonce and her people should leave well alone with the musical legends. It always brings about drama. Diana Ross, Etta, Aretha, i’m pretty sure Tina Turner had a word in there. I”m just saying…

    *shuffles uncomfortably out of discussion before a full blown warzone occurs*

  20. I had this funny feeling that Beyonce’s being the being the front-runner at the inaugural events was going to start a lot of backlash. I am also hearing that Mary J and Queen Latifah felt that she should not have serenaded the President. That honor should have been given to a legendary artist from the civil rights era, not some pop tart who just happens to be popular at the moment and used this moment for her own spotlight. Beyonce could care less about President Obama, she just wanted to ride his coat tail to give her something to brag about. Self-absorbed spoiled brat.

  21. I don’t get it – wasn’t there a report from MTV or some other news source saying that Etta was too ill to travel to DC and attend the inauguration festivities?

    Moreover, they selected Beyonce, fair and square. And while I’m not sure if they demanded she sing “At Last,” Beyonce was only doing what was requested from her. She felt humbled by the historic moment and wanted to lend her voice and efforts. Ms. James’ comments were quite unnecessary.

    Last but certainly not least – showing your a** during a performance where people paid good money (in a recession, no less) is the best way to prove why you don’t get invited to events like the presidential inauguration.

  22. Etta is a legend I think she felt disrespect by beyonce.she should have asked her permission especially for a historic moment like this.

  23. You guys need to all shut up about Beyonce, she is a nasty ass girl who can’t sing and I do not see her as one of our best singers in our generation. Etta James did the best at that song and she should have sung it at the inauguration. And you need to learn English too. None of you spoke one word of proper English. Beyonce is a hot mess and can’t sing and they make too big of a deal out of her.

  24. Ms. James is correct. You may not approve of her tactics, but her disapproval is warranted.
    Since Beyonce was selected to sing at the inauguration, she should have used one of her songs, not Etta James classic (and she’s still alive). This is not Ms. James being petty or arrogant, this is about respect. The song was used for the movie, Cadillac Records, and since you are not “promoting” the movie, why are you still singing this song as if you originated it. Jennifer Hudson experienced the same backlash from Jennifer Holiday. It’s a difference when you’re promoting a movie but when you sing someone else song at every occasion as if you’re the originator (and the originator is still ALIVE), then it’s disrespectful. This is not an issue where you re-made the song, paid the artist for it’s use, and then you’re singing your reinvented version.
    I’m glad Etta James voiced her displeasure and this should be an alert to artists that you cannot transcend into legendary status when a significant opportunity is presented and you can’t showcase a classic of your own.

    **Have you ever heard Aretha Franklin give a signature performance (a White House dinner, Kennedy Center, etc) and sing a Gladys Knight or Patti LaBelle song?

  25. @ Chocoaltegirl

    I agree. It’s a vicious cycle. And Etta should have sung that song to the Obama’s PERIOD. They act like the woman is dead or something. That’s just like getting someone else to sing Beyacki’s song and she is old as hell but they want someone younger to singer who made it there own. It wasn’t right. And even though she made that comment about Obama not being her president I think she said that more out of anger because they didn’t have her sing it.

  26. I respect Etta, and I can see where she’s coming from, but her approach lacks tact and class. Also…if Obama isn’t her president, why is she up in arms about not performing for him? After reading the newspaper article, it probably was best she didn’t.

  27. People need to stop acting like Beyonce is the only female singer we have. This is not true. Etta James is allowed to be angry. They are acting like she didn’t even exist as a performer. Beyonce needs to apologize, if she looked up to Etta at all she would have atleast invited to her to sing a duet to her own song. People like Beyonce make me sick, she is such a diva, acting like she has the right to do someone else’s song and act like it is her own.

  28. I’m just confirming for the person above who doesn’t believe it was Etta, it was. Etta has a very strong voice and she was always a bit rough which is why I didn’t think it was suitable for Bey to portray her.

    Also, if Beyonce did not get permission from Etta to sing the song on that day then Etta should be upset! Bey was to sing that song in the movie and for promotional purposes. C’mon, yall know she’s a thief. I don’t think Etta is Jealous b/c she sings better than bey. Have you heard the original versions of all the songs that Bey sang for Cadillac Rec. Listen to “All I could do was Cry” by Etta, she has NO reason to be jealous.
    What’ up steph? Sorry about your eyebrow experience.

  29. Beyonce is a phony. Since she has been out she has made her fame off of other people. The other members of Destiny’s Child sang much better then her, the only reason she was the lead is cause her daddy managed the band and now she is making her fame off of Etta James. She is not worth all the attention that she gets. Etta is real and she be respected much more then she is. She has the right to get angry. The only reason they picked Beyonce to sing is cause she is young and could reach the younger audience. Etta should have been there singing that song, everyone knows she did it best.

  30. To leave Etta completely out was not right. They should have invited her to sing some of her song with Beyonce – no matter how bad she may have sounded.

  31. It doesn’t matter if she sounded bad. It is her song, and they can do so much with technology we probably wouldn’t have even noticed. It is not right to cut her out of something she made famous. If it wasn’t for people like Etta, Beyonce would not even be up there stealing someone’s song.

  32. If Etta made those comments she should be embarrassed! This Innaguration was about President Obama not Etta. The President has the right to chose whom ever he desires to perform. If she made these comments at a live show in front of an audience, it was best she was not the one performing. Please lets not continue to taint a historical moment.

  33. Beyonce probably begged Obama to be on there so she can get more famous. Beyonce was not there for the right reasons. Any presidential election is historical, lets get that fact out there right now.

  34. Why should she be embarassed because he is the president. Many people talked about Bush, should they not be embarassed? Why is Obama being protected here, a president is a president. She has the right to speak her mind, this is America.

  35. I totally understand why Etta was upset. It was in poor taste for Beyonce not to ask Etta if she could sing her song. I can understand why Etta feels hurt that someone else is taking a song that she has sung for several decades. However, I love my president, and I cannot tolerate the childish remarks that Etta makes about the leader of our country. There is always a way to convey your feelings in a more tactful way, and she did not think before speaking. I think we all can understand her pain about Beyonce taking over her song, but President Obama is not considered about things like this. He is trying to run this country. Etta shoulld not be angry with him… I hope Beyonce doesn’t continue to add salt to injury by singing Etta’s song with asking or paying tribute to her. Even if Bey has aquired legal rights to the song, which I’m sure she has, she should be respectful of Etta’s feelings.

  36. I meant President Obama is not CONCERNED with things like this. Sorry for the typo.

  37. No one has ever jumped to Bush’s defense over any remarks made about him and this bothers me a lot. It shouldn’t matter the color of the president or what the president did, there is a certain amount of respect you give the president. And it was not about Obama that night, it was about America as a whole coming together and getting past certain things and electing a BIRACIAL president. He was only the figurehead for what America had accomplished. Yes he is an accomplished man and is prepared to be President, and he has a lot he needs to fix, but it would be really nice if all presidents could just be respected no matter what they have done.

  38. Etta got spunk lol. Sometime you have to tell it like it is. It good someone step up and went off on her. You go etta but keep your obama comments to yourself lol.

  39. she needs to STFU because it’s NOT her song either. sure, she made it famous, but somebody wrote and sang it in the 1940s before her. president obama chose who HE wanted to sing for him (it’s no secret he’s a BIG bee fan so she didn’t have to “beg” that much for him to give her that honor). what etta did was totally classless, especially attacking the president because he didn’t want her singing at HIS inaguration. if he’s not HER president, why the hell does she care who the hell is singing his first dance? people want to call beyonce fake, but there is VIDEO PROOF of this woman on youtube talking about how much she loved beyonce and how much she has loved bee since she first heard bee’s voice. the inauguration wasn’t about her or beyonce, it was about the damn president and he got who he wanted. etta was in the hospital anyway, so it’s not like she could ‘ve really went and sang. judging from the review at the concert, obama made the right choice by going with beyonce. etta needs to act like the grown woman that she is!

  40. DO YOU THINK BEYONCE WRITES HER SONGS, NO! WHO CARES WHO WROTE THE SONG, AND THE INAUGURATION WAS NOT ABOUT OBAMA, IT WAS ABOUT AMERICA. AMERICA MADE THE DECISION TO MAKE HIM PRESIDENT, AND BEYONCE IS CLASSLESS, ETTA HAS EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANGRY. THAT WAS HER SONG. EVEN IF THE PERSON WHO WROTE IT, WROTE A GREAT SONG, THE SINGER HAS TO MAKE PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE WITH IT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE RIGHT VOICE TO MAKE A SONG WORK. SHE DIDNT COPY SOMEONES SONG, SHE SANG A SONG THAT WAS WRITTEN FOR HER TO SING.

  41. Sound to me Like ettah is upset to be alive, and not being invited her to sing the song that made her famous at the event,
    But don’ t take it on our president or beyonce, Barack requested the song further more if he hadn’t they were no beyonce’ s
    song appropriate enough to fit the ball!!may it be “Dangerously in love” who sound like a teenage letter to me, or “That’ s how i like it”
    You should be honored they gave you credit for a song Mack Gordon wrote and Glenn Miller performed FIRST talking about it’ s your song, It is to those that don’ t know squat about music,
    But girl I know better she had no business saying that she wanted to beat beyonce up .
    Altought if someone sing my song and doesn’ t do it justice (and don’ t even come at me with the bullshit anyone that listen to ettah james knows that beyonce’ s growl does not even compare to her voice)
    I would be mad as hell too, But there is something called class, and in the name of that class, You just smile and keep your nastiness to yourself at least in public.
    Now i’ m so not Going to knock Miss ettah for saying all out what everyone is thinking Down, How the hell beyonce is gonna grow some nerves and sing ettah’ s songs on a movie about ettah?
    Couldn’ t she just Lip synch Them by respect? and then if you wanna play me play me right! If another actress had the role and had played etta i guaranty you cadillac records would have had an oscar nod at least One But no!
    She has every right to be pissed off, She just went about it the wrong way

    And to finish Just a little Rant “Single ladies” Is the most desperate I need a man to validate me, I’ m so scarred to be alone song ever,I hate hate hate this song with a passion,hate it just as much as “low” from those uneducated twins
    I’ ve been happily married for over 10 years now and i did not grind to the floor, in a leotard, flopping my hand around like a damn idiot nor did i wait 7 years for my ring
    It’ s pathetic and i wish Us as sisters could just love ourselves First instead of waiting for a man to do it.
    Talking about” it’ s just a song it ain’ t that deep” No you aren’ t that deep That’ s what it is

    ps: Beyonce watch you behind, Aretha, Janet jackson and now Ettah? Girl bye

    Love

  42. I really and truly believe that Beyonce was just showing respect to a living legend like Etta and sang her song which she said in a later interview that At Last summed up the historic event of the presidential race. I just don’t see her using Etta James’ classic to benefit herself. Sometimes we read too much into what Beyonce does because we just have our opinion of her. Both women are great to me for their respective talents and contributions to the music world.

  43. THANK YOU SO MUCH VOICE FOR WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT SINGLE LADIES, THAT SONG IS SO ANNOYING, IF YOU LOVE IT THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE PUT A RING ON IT, OK HE WOULD HAVE PUT A RING ON IT IF YOU DIDNT PUT OUT. I MEAN COME ON, THAT SONG IS SO STUPID. SHE CANT EVEN SING, SHE IS ACTING LIKE SHE IS PUTTING A MESSAGE OUT THEIR TO YOUNG WOMEN TO GET MARRIED. NO. SHE IS SAYING IF HE WONT MARRY YOU JUST GO OUT THERE AND GET SOMEONE ELSE AND MAKE YOUR MAN JEALOUS SO HE WANTS TO MARRY YOU. LOOK BEYONCE YOU ARE NO ROLE MODEL, I DO NOT RESPECT OR LOOK UP TO HER IN ANYWAY.

  44. janet,

    please, beyonce is classless, but etta is the one who is publicly insulting the president and his appearance, talking about whooping someones ass and grabbing her crotch on stage at 70yrs old. you are right, beyonce is really the classless one here.

    also, know your history before you talk. the song was NEVER written for etta to sing. the song was first sang by glenn miller in the 1940s. 20yrs later in the 60s, etta decided to do COVER of the song. she made the song famous, but it was NEVER originally her song. my question still stands. if she doesn’t care for the president and he’s not her president, why does she care who gets the honor of singing for him?

  45. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU PROBABLY SAT THERE AND TALKED ABOUT PRESIDENT BUSH AND HOW HE TALKS AND THINGS LIKE THIS. STOP ACTING LIKE YOU ARE A SAINT, YOU KNOW YOU TRASH TALK PEOPLE. AND IF WHAT WAS SAID ABOUT ABOUT OBAMA IS THE ONLY THING SAID ABOUT HIM THEN THAT IS GREAT.

    MAYBE SHE HAD SO MUCH RESPECT FOR OBAMA AND THEN THAT HAPPENED AND NOW SHE FEELS LIKE HE DISRESPECTED HER BY NOT PICKING HER TO DO HER SONG. AND I ACTUALLY DO KNOW MY MUSIC, SO DONT TRY AND TELL ME I NEED TO KNOW MY HISTORY.

    MICHAEL JACKSON GRABS HIS CROTCH ON A REGULAR BASIS, AND NO ONE SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. BUT WHEN A WOMAN DOES IT, IT IS TASTELESS.

    AND I AM SURE YOU GOOGLED THE SONG “AT LAST” BEFORE YOU COMMENTED, SO YOU JUST RECENTLY LEARNED YOUR HISTORY.

  46. If Etta really wants to hurt Bey all she has to do is buy-up all the weave hair in the world and Bey will be out of business!

  47. You know now that Ettah james is wilding out , I really start to believe the rumor about beyonce paying the committee to perform, because Barack is too intelligent to not let Ettah sing her songs at such an event, She lived at the time
    Where being black was considered a Crime, Her own father didn’ t want her? You guys love beyonce so much but you don’ t even watch her movies? if you seen cadillac records you would know why Ettah is mad
    She really should have sung her own song, She should have .But she didn’ t and all that venting was unnecessary, You know what’ s funny thought? some people say no one was clapping and stuff but in the audio You can clearly hear clapping when she talked about beyonce and even Barack
    You guys think beyonce can just step on whomever toes she want and keep on stepping? You all got another thing coming for you, She was however wrong for calling beyonce out like that, she should have had a little more class about it
    You Know I would Be red mad if the story of my life didn’ t get the chance to be told because some mediocre actress always competing with herself played me, I will also be mad if that same mediocre actress and her fans,
    Wanted to act like I should be happy she even considered playing me,and i’ m not violent but the breaking point for me, will be to watch that same Girl get up on a stage and sing the song that made me famous
    See beyonce’ s stans? You guys swore up and down Ettah praised beyonce and she Loved her, and all that garbage, But i knew better.

    To finish if she does “whup” beyonce’ s ass, I will not be the one to break it off, seems to me that a slap in a face is what she needs to come back to Dangerously In love Humble Loving music Beyonce

  48. THAT IS HILARIOUS. I LIKE THAT COMMENT. BEYONCE ALSO IS VERY CLASSLESS AND TRASHY WITH THE CLOTHES THAT SHE WEARS. SHE HAS HAD CLOTHING MALFUNCTIONS WITH HER BREASTS COMING OUT AT CONCERTS, SHE SHOULD HAVE HAD SOME KIND OF BRA ON KNOWING THAT THINGS CAN HAPPEN. SHE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOUNG GIRLS SHOULD LOOK UP TOO, SHE DOESNT REPRESENT HERSELF IN A DIGNIFIED WAY. NONE OF THE FEMALE SINGERS DO. JUST BECAUSE SEX SELLS DOESNT MEAN YOU HAVE TO BE TRASHY.

  49. BEYONCE IS NOT EVEN PROUD TO BE BLACK, SHE HAD HER NOSE FIXED SO SHE COULD IDENTIFY WITH WHITE PEOPLE. SHE CORRECTED HER BLACK FEATURES.

  50. BEYONCE PROBABLY GAVE A LARGE DONATION TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN AND THAT IS PROBABLY HOW SHE GOT UP THERE TO SING THAT SONG. SHE BOUGHT HER WAY IN

  51. To all of those saying “it’ s not ettah’ s song, She didn’ t write it” You need to come back harder

    So you mean to tell me that it would be perfectly Okay for some new girl 20 years from now to sing “if I were a boy “? “Crazy in love” and since you know your (wikipedia) history so much, I assume you know the song was originally sung By the chi-lites? and the lyrics were not written by beyonce? Will it also be Okay for someone to sing “Halo” since it was not even written for or by beyonce in the first place?”Irreplaceable”?
    Don’ t be such an Hypocrite truth for the matter is if Rihanna get up and start performing songs sung by beyonce You will be upset,You know Etta is right by every stretch of the imagination, She just went the wrong way about it, To finish if you really love beyonce that much which i doubt because it seems to me that people praise her just to feel as good as she is, All you have to do is track miss Etta’ s next Gig and let her know how you feel, Then I’ ll know beyonce really have people, because poor girl is just surrounded by idiots that use her and her talent for either the money, the fame, or just to feel better about themselves, You don’ t love her that much do you ?

    Bye Bye

    @ Voice
    You pulling a beyonce now?
    “Just a little Rant “Single ladies” Is the most desperate I need a man to validate me, I’ m so scarred to be alone song ever,I hate hate hate this song with a passion,hate it just as much as “low” from those uneducated twins
    I’ ve been happily married for over 10 years now and i did not grind to the floor, in a leotard, flopping my hand around like a damn idiot nor did i wait 7 years for my ring
    It’ s pathetic and i wish Us as sisters could just love ourselves First instead of waiting for a man to do it.
    Talking about” it’ s just a song it ain’ t that deep” No you aren’ t that deep That’ s what it is”

    This rant was mine I posted it On another Website ^^’

  52. TO HELL WITH THAT OLD BAG OF BONES! Have you heard her live lately?? She sounds horrible! And I dont care what anyone says if it werent for Bee half this world wouldnt have known who she was. She is a classless old lady looking for attention. Sad how you all are condoning this woman ignorance and total disrespect towards OUR president and someone that has shown nothing but respect for Etta. I think she’s using again.

  53. i”m sorry, but etta sounds like an old bitter hag, michelle and barack requested beyonce sing that song because it was the song they danced to at their wedding and they liked her version of it. let’s be serious if etta got up there and tried to sing it, it d@mn sure would not have been as pleasant. i highly doubt she sounds the same as she did say 40-50 years ago when she first recorded the song. i also hear that she is not the first person to sing the song (supposedly nat king cole sung it first), so she technically has no right to flip out has she did. the drugs have done you bad enough etta, lay off of them

  54. @REAL TALK

    I agree with you! Etta was very classless and bitter for talking about Obama and Beyonce. If she was to ill to perform then how can she be upset?? “AT LAST” is not her song that old heffa aint write that song she covered it. Yeah thats a song we all know her for but she doesnt own the rights to that song! Beyonce did a lovely job singing it and i doubt Beyonce bought her way into singing it. Obama has already admitted to doing the “single ladies” dance with his daughters they love Beyonce and Im sure they begged there dad to have her sing.

  55. Etta should be ashamed of herself! For going in on Barack and Bey…that sh*t aint cute nor was it called for. She wasnt saying all that when she played the old tramp in Cadillac Records so why bitch about it now?? I think she’s jealous that Beyonce has knocked all her songs out the park, better then she did anyway. Yeah folks can say what they like but Beyonce sang that ladys song better then she ever did!

  56. YOU KNOW WHAT I DONT LIKE RIHANNA EITHER, SHE IS FAKE AND SHE CANT SING, SHE SINGS OUT OF HER NOSE, AND SHE IS ANOTHER PERSON WHO USES SEX TO SELL. GOOD GIRL GONE BAD? COME ON NOW. WHAT HAPPENED TO PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO SING BECAUSE THEY LOVED TO SING, NOW ITS LIKE A FASHION SHOW ON WHO CAN WEAR THE LEAST AMOUNT OF CLOTHES AND NOT EVEN BE ABLE TO CARRY A TUNE.

  57. Etta OOOOH Etta…please step away from the herion and crack! That chic is ridiculous. Bey can sing that song if she damn well pleases. ITS NOT HER SONG.

  58. Damn Etta where do you go off talking about out big eared president? Where they do that sh*t at?!? Beyonce did a great job singing that ladys song. She should be honored that somone wants to recognize her old frog face self. Now I dont mean to be disrespectful but that’s just plain terrible.

  59. THAT OLD B*TCH NEEDS A REALITY CHECK. DID SHE NOT KNOW THAT BEYONCE BROUGHT HER NAME TO LIFE IN THIS TIME AND AGE. OF COURSE WE ALL HEARD THE SONG B4 BUT I REALLY DIDNT KNOW WHO SANG IT UNTIL CADILLACE RECORDS CAME ABOUT. ETTA IS A NASTY OLD LADY THAT NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE FOR TALKING BAD ABOUT BEY AND BARACK. WHO KNEW OLD PEOPLE WOULD HATE?

  60. maybe the president has a secret crush on beyonce,which man wudnt when you are a soft porn singer,i hate the single ladies video because my male teenage cousins like that soft porn video so much and it sends out the wrong message,esp for us women,it shud have been banned and the obama girls and their father like it,i’m dissapointed….obama brought this drama on himself,she must not use his girls as an excuse to watch marilyn monroe aka beyonce

  61. ^^^ I don’ t think it’ s about Obama Or beyonce for that matters, It’ s about this generation that thinks it is okay not to respect your elders, and step on their toes just because they are old, and etta coming out and making weave pulling threath is taking some people back to basics, and all these people on here ranting and stuff would not dare say a thing to etta if she were face to face with them, that’ s how it works,Funny how all Beyonce supporters on here loved etta until she told it like it was, You all are pathetic

    @darksista
    I know i just liked it 😀 sorry

  62. lmfao about no one jumping to bush’s defense. why the hell should we defend him…EVER? LOL

  63. ACTUALLY I JUMPED TO BUSH’S DEFENSE, WHY DONT YOU GO BACK IN THE MESSAGES AND READ THEM. WE SHOULD DEFEND HIM, HE DEFENDED YOU WITH THE WAR. EVERY PRESIDENT DESERVES RESPECT

  64. Etta James did not need Beyonce to bring her back to life people! Those of us who are over the age of 15 knew exactly who she was and we’d heard the song many times before. Just because you grew up listening to Bey it doesnt mean she’s can ressurect people from the dead – BEYONCE IS NOT GOD!!! and Etta isnt EVEN dead for that matter, well at least not yet! lol
    Yes, Ms James was wrong to put it like that – but she was not wrong to express her anger! Beyonce is stealing her song trying to make her own and she’s not even dead!!!! Id be mad as HELL too!
    I wanna see Beyonce sing something by Aretha at some historic event and see if she wont have 100 people chasing her down the street trying to pull her weave out! lol!

  65. EVERY PRESIDENT DESERVES RESPECT

    Very true

    Luxe: Speak it

    and how did she bring etta to life when no one watched the movie>?

  66. ATLEAST BUSH JUMPED TO ACTION WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENED TO AMERICA. CLINTON JUST THREW MONEY AT THE COUNTRY MAD AT US TO STOP THEM FROM ATTACKING. SO ANYONE DISSING BUSH SHOULD SHUT UP. ATLEAST HE CARED ENOUGH TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL, HE RUINED HIS REPUTATION TO PROTECT US.

  67. bey is dead wrong for this shit thats etta song and she should have been informed…if the shoe was on the other foot bey stans would be furious ..lol bey was dead wrong not diva style.. sit yo booty shakin no verbal ass down and learn somthing you have barked up the wrong tree now lol

  68. SHE DOESNT EVEN HAVE A BOOTY, HER HIPS ARE WIDE BUT HER BOOTY IS FLAT AS A PANCAKE.

  69. Truly, with the current issues going on in our country, there are better topics to discuss.

  70. YES TRUE, BUT SOMETIMES IT IS FUN TO VENT ABOUT SOMETHING TRIVIAL, JUST TO LET YOUR FRUSTRATIONS OUT.

  71. If I remember correctly, Etta James was not the original singer of that song. I believe it was recorded in the 30’s or 40’s, She re-recorded it in the 60’s. So even though she has made that song famous, it isn’t “her song”. So cut Beyonce a little slack.

  72. Etta James should have had the opportunity to sing her song but it still doesn’t give her any right to be that nasty about it.

  73. BUT WHO DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU HEAR THE SONG, YOU THINK ABOUT ETTA JAMES. SHE DEFINITELY PUT HER MARK ON IT. BEYONCE SHOULD NOT BE CUT ANY SLACK AT ALL, SHE IS A DIVA WHO THINKS SHE CAN DO WHATEVER SHE WANTS. SHE CANT SING AND SHE ALWAYS HAS TO LOOK LIKE A SKANK IN HER VIDEOS. SHE IS NOT A ROLE MODEL AND SHE SHOULD ACT A LITTLE BIT MORE MATURE SINCE SHE IS A MARRIED WOMAN.

  74. @Cleopatra and the others who said it’s not Etta’s song:

    PLEASE!!!!, we all know that when we hear “At last” we think about Etta! That’s her song want it or not! Maybe she didn’t write it (like a lot of Beyonce’s songs if you want my opinion) but that’s her signature song and at the inaugural everybody was listening to the song with Etta on mind!!
    In that case you can say that everybody can sing” I will always love you” without giving credit to Whitney! She didn’t write the song, it was released before she re-recorded it…But everyone think about her when someone sing that song! That’s the same thing !

  75. Etta — “At Last” She’s Been Exposed as Hypocrite
    Posted Feb 5th 2009 11:35AM by TMZ Staff

    If Etta James thinks she should beat down Beyonce for covering “her song,” then by her own logic, Etta has a couple of ass-kickings coming her way too — ’cause Etta’s version of “At Last” was a cover too!

    Etta went on stage in Seattle last week and told the crowd she’s gonna lay the smack down on B for “singin’ my song” at Obama’s Inauguration Ball. But not only did the 71-year-old not write the song, she wasn’t even the first — or second — to record it!

    Glenn Miller did it first in 1941, followed by Nat King Cole in 1957. Etta got around to recording it in 1961. In fact, Glenn’s version ranked higher on the Billboard Pop Singles chart than Etta’s ever did.

    FYI — neither Miller nor Cole ever threatened to beat Etta’s ass — although it’s about time someone knocks some sense into that lady.

    HMM…LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE’S A HYPOCRITE

  76. Marie Bien envoyer
    And mrsjones you need to shut up, Cause if ettah is saying it out loud don’ t meant she is the only one, you should be worrying about the ass beating beyonce is going to collect from the chilites bc jean NE YO FOR LYING IN JAPAN TALKING ABOUT SHE WROTE IRREPLACEABLE and every other writers she stepped on , You’ re the damn hypocrite

  77. EXACTLY DOLLY PARTON SANG I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU FIRST AND THEN WHITNEY REDID THE SONG, BUT WHITNEY GAVE PROPS TO DOLLY FOR THE SONG, AND DOLLY EVEN SAID SHE WAS HAPPY THAT WHITNEY REDID THE SONG AND BROUGHT IT BACK TO LIFE. BUT WHITNEY HAD CLASS AND REPRESENTED THE PERSON WHO DID IT FIRST AND GOT PERMISSION AND EVEN DID A DUET WITH DOLLY PARTON. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT IF BEYONCE DID IT THE RIGHT AND RESPECTABLE AND PROPER WAY. SHE JUST THINKS SHE CAN DO WHATEVER SHE WANTS.

  78. SHAME ON ALL who is ok with this old ladies disrespect towards Beyonce and our 1st black president! She was un heard of to the youngins until cadillac records you can say what you like but truth is alot of people did not know who Etta James was.

    @JANET

    you have been leaving way to many comments b*tch do you work??

    ands its typical for a person like you to hate on a successful black woman like Beyonce. She sang that song so nicely and so what it its Etta’s song they didnt want the old nag to sing for the 1st dance.

  79. Beyonce should be honored that an old lady like Etta James is hating on her. YES I SAID HATING because she wasnt asked to sing the song. Oh well get over it, Etta been singing that song for 102 years now, she needs to let it go. and FUCC that old senal b*tch for trying to fry Barack Obama. Lincoln is no longer president maybe she’s stuck back in the day. LLS

  80. @ Lola

    this comment killed me!

    “I read a review once that exactly nailed my feeling about Etta’s show; “It’s like watching your grandmother masturbate”

    I love Etta but her making comments about another artist in these days of age strikes hypersentivity especially when its about Beyonce and Obama in the same sentence lol. Still love Etta though but she could’ve really kept that to herself.

    *edit* when it listen to the audio again you couldn’t tell if she was serious or if she was joking around lol. We shall hear a response coming from her soon.

  81. To all that says Bee stole her song?? GTFOH!

    1. You cant steal something that never belonged to Etta in the 1st place
    2. Beyonce played her in a movie and along that came a soundtrack with “At Last” on it.
    3. Beyonce hasnt put that song on not one of her personal cd’s
    4. Beyonce NEVER claimed to have made or wrote that song HELL that isnt even Etta’s song

    so cut the Bull SHIT! Bee looks up to Etta and has nothing but respect for the old bandit and hen she goes on about the president who is also her president. She has lost her ever loving prun juice mind!

  82. Sounds like Beyonce is stepping on some toes. Etta had the right to be angry, but she should have shown more class about it. You would think someone her age might behave a little more dignified. The Barack Obama comments were unneccessary.

    BTW..”If IWere A Boy” is not Beyonce’s song..she did not write it.

  83. BEYONCE SANG IT BETTER. I CAN SEE WHY SHE WOULD BE UPSET. GET OVER IT ETTA OLD AZZ JAMES.

  84. @prettylady818

    WE ALL KNOW THATS NOT BEYONCE’S SONG. SHE NEVER CLAIMED TO HAVE WROTE THE SONG IN THE 1ST PLACE. IF YOU CHECK HER ALBUM CREDITS NO WHERE ON THERE DOES IT SAY SHE WROTE ANY PART OF THE SONG. I DONT GET Y FOLKS SAY THAT… HER EXACT WORDS WERE” IT WAS IMPORTANT TO THE WRITER FOR THE TITLE TO STAY THE SAME” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE TITLE AND SHE ALSO SAID ” I HEARD ARETHA FRANLKIN SAY A REAL SINGER CAN TAKE ANY SONG AND MAKE IT THIER OWN” THATS WHAT SHE DID….SO MANY ARTIST HAVE DONE IT AND AS LONG AS YOUR NOT TAKING OWNERSHIP TO IT, IN BLACK N WHITE THEN WHATS WRONG WIT IT!? BEYONCE IS A LEGEND NO MATTER WHAT YOU HATER HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT!

  85. Etta James coome ooon you are way too old and wrinkled to be acting like that.

  86. Who would want her {Etta James} singing at their event if she can’t behave w/ any class??

    I understand her being upset but that’s no reason (especially at her age) to speak ill of people. She could’ve voice her disappointed about not being chosen to sing for President Obama and The First Lady and just maybe, there would’ve been another chance to do so in the future.

    It’s very unlady-like how she carried herself in this particular situation and I hope Ms. James gets herself right and give up the bitterness.

    Does she or does she not not live in the U.S.? I’m asking because she said President Obama is not her president…

  87. TO Kelly

    FUC* YOU! HOW YOU GOING TO SAY SOMEONE TYPICAL LIKE ME, YOU DONT EVEN KNOW ME, AND YES I DO WORK, MY JOB IS ON A COMPUTER ACTUALLY. DONT HATE ON ME CAUSE YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY OBSESSED WITH BEYONCE. SUCCESSFUL BLACK WOMAN MY ASS, IM DAMM TIRED OF PEOPLE THINKING COLOR MATTERS WHEN YOU ARE A SUCCESS. OF COURSE YOU NEVER HEAR ANYONE SAY SUCCESSFUL WHITE WOMAN OR WHITE ANYTHING. CAUSE YA’LL THINK THEY GET IT CAUSE THEY ARE WHITE.

    OH AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION BARACK IS BIRACIAL, HIS MOTHER IS WHITE, SO PLEASE USE THE RIGHT TERM TO DESCRIBE HIS COLOR.

  88. Bey looks up to Etta? I doubt it. I think she just says things to impress people. From the way Etta tells it Bey never even consulted the woman let alone met her before portraying her in the movie .

    As far as this tirade goes, she may not have wrote the song but everybody knows “At Last” is Etta’s signature song. I’m still at a loss as to why they didn’t ask Etta to sing it.

    And hell no Bey didn’t sing it better than Etta!

    I think all artists feel this way about songs that they made famous. Etta just seems to be the first to come out and say it. She could have been more mature about it but hey that’s Etta.

  89. THis was so unclassy for Etta to do this. But as usual it does not phase Bee and is shouldn’t that girl did a WONDERFUL job.

  90. NO I HAVE TO USE CAPS LOCK AT WORK SO I DONT SWITCH BACK AND FORTH, see it works 🙂

  91. LMMFAO @ VOICE

    How da hell are you up here talking about beyonce singing a song thats not hers and youre up here trying to steal somebody’s identity… Dark sista should whoop dat ass!!!

    LMAO @ Kelly getting at Janet OWNED!!!!

  92. Back in Etta days, there was no Music Videos for her to be rolling around half-naked in.
    Etta also had to deal with racism, a lot of those places that Beyonce sing at, Etta couldn’t sing at
    Beyonce has it made because of other black singers suffering,that’s why she lacks creativity, everything has been made up for her, all she has to do is walk in those steps, and have a few very young people believe she is a virtuoso and that everyone that don’ t like her music is a hater!
    To those who say Etta wasn’t the first to sing the SONG..SO what, she made the song a classic..it’s hers… Just like If i was a boy is beyonce’ s… Etta has never been classy i refuse to believe that you people actually want others to treat beyonce as a god, I’ m just upset because she put Barack in this How many people voted for barack? Let’ s not forget that each person can Only Vote Once? How many people bought beyonce cds, let’ s not forget that one person can buy many copies, Beyonce is not on barack’ s level and Etta should not have put him in this period, Yeah he “asked” for beyonce to sing,but he is just a man and eye candy is what men want, He went home with his wife that night not beyonce, So deal with it Etta, I still Love you

  93. I’m sorry but I prefer Etta’s version over Beyonce’s. Beyonce as she got older and has made her way in the pop market, she has made her voice sound more lighter like they usually perfer women to sing on pop records. “At Last” as not a pop record at all. The song is a very romantic R&B/Blues records that has become an American classic. Usually on Blues records you hear more deep husky alto voices that are song by the women on these records. Etta’s voice fits those records. I love Etta’s version because even though I wasn’t born in that time period that Etta sang the song, but however when she sings it get chills and I start to think about all of the horrors that the country was facing then. It’s like with her version, you can tell this song was needed to be recorded then to have Americans remain sane in a country that was undergoing a crisis from the civil rights movement and the wars. I just get more from Etta singing that song than Beyonce. Most of it from her deep husky voice to and from a historical view point.

    Now for Beyonce, I thought Beyonce sang the song well. Her voice was perfect, however, I didn’t feel anything from it. Most Beyonce ballads are like that for me. “Dangerously In love” does sound like a teenager love song. It’s beautifully written for a young couple in high school. She sang that song well but she never moved me. Same goes for “Listen” beautifully written song that Beyonce brought so much strength to it, but once again I didn’t feel anything from it. I noticed that from her catalogue she never could really sell a ballad. What I mean by selling a ballad as that when you think about Beyonce, there really isn’t a ballad that you connect her with. When you think of Mariah you think of “Visions of Love” or “Hero”. When you think of Whitney “I will always love you” (Even though that wasn’t originally her song but she made her own and made the “The Bodyguard one of the best selling soundtracks of all time). Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On”. Even though Beyonce has released ballads, but she seems to be more known for her up-tempo to mid-tempo songs such as “Crazy In Love” and “Irreplaceable”. Hell “Diva” and “Single Ladies” have really made I am… Sasha Fierce album successful and that says alot about where her talents lie within. She is more of a performer than she is a singer. She is not a dancer like Janet but she delivers alot of energy on stage that makes her very entertaining. So as far as her being able to make “At Last” her own, I don’t see it. If she can’t sell a ballad of orginally written songs from her own catalogue than how can she sell it one that is already self acclaim by Etta? That means she really has to come harder. I think she did well personally and many will agree, however, Etta’s by a public opinion still remains a classic. I think that Beyonce singing at the inaugral ball was not an insult but I do think that the managagement didn’t really think it all the way through. I do think that her management tried to make it her moment, by serenading to the obamas, but an even better idea was for Etta to come out and sing as well. That would be even more beautiful and memorable. Bridging in two different generations is an honorary and respectful move. That’s just by 5 dollars in.

  94. I must admit, I was suprised to hear Beyonce sing “At Last” for President Obama and the first lady. I think Beyonce should have sung one of her own songs. I think it was just disrespectful for her to sing someone else’s song especially since Etta James is still living. Futhermore, it does not mean people are hating on Beyonce because people feel this way. I just don’t think it was a classy move on Beyonce’s part. Besides, she doesn’t sing it as well as Etta James.

  95. Loveroflife thank you for saying what i was just thinking, No one expecially not me will deny beyonce’ s talent BUT i just don’ t find her talent as amazing as her next fan If it is a crime arrest me and charge me, When i heard beyonce’ s all i could do was cry i was irritated because her voice lack soul she growled! When you listen to etta’ s Her voice is just flowing through , Beyonce’ s voice is Perfectbut emotionless and that’ s my problem It’ s the little flaws in people’ s voice that make them unique, At least that’ s the way i see it

  96. um janet? i have one question for you…what do you look like because only ugly girls have that much hate in them…..get a life….hop off my girl bey’s dick….and go back to your “job” before they lay you off for not doing “work”you know we are in a recession lol

  97. @loverof life

    You are doing waaay to much. Do you actually think folks will sit here and read all that bull sh!t? NOT
    2ndly Beyonce’s version is better Etta james has a nice voice but not like Beyonce’s I dont care what a hater has to say. Beyonce sang that song better then Etta has ever done.

    @Janet

    Shut the Fucc up trick! You have your nerve I dont have to know your ignorant azz to know that your the typical hater that dislikes Bee b/c she is successful, beautiful and talented. Thats why MOST females hate anyway when a girl is doing better then what you ever imagined. Thats why I dont fucc with females for that simple fact. FEMALES ARE DEVIOUS AND HATEFUL CREATURES! Im a female but Im never a hater, I admire women black or white that are on there grown woman ish, knocking em dead out here. But then theres bytches life yourself that lack respest and class. You need to get a grip hunnie and go for what you want and stop putting others down b/c your self esteem is extremly low.

    FOR THE RECORD:
    Obama is BLACK you are what Your FATHER is…in case you havent heard HE IS THE 1ST BLACK PRESIDENT. Not sure where your young ,dumb azz has been but that word on the street my youth!

  98. MY JOB HAS NO PROBLEM WITH ME BEING ON THE INTERNET, AND GUESS WHAT I DONT HAVE HATE IN ME, I JUST DONT LIKE PEOPLE STEALING OTHER PEOPLES GLORY AND THUNDER, AS HARD AS ETTA WORKED TO MAKE SOMETHING OF HERSELF SHE DOESNT NEED SOME GLOIFIED DIVA COMING BEHIND HER TAKING HER STUFF.

  99. @elenore53

    You sound stupid! How is that disrespectful when she’s been singing that song since doing the movie about the drug addict? She been singing this song for so long and NOW she has a problem with it?? She should be ashamed of herslef. I heard she was grabbing her crotch and she did horrible! People wanted there damn money back! That old lady was wrong for saying all that no matter if your a Beyonce fan or not it was disrespectful all the way around. If I were Bey I would kick that old goat in her throat and watch her bend over in pain.

  100. THAT IS A CROCK OF SH*T YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOUR FATHER IS, YOU ARE WHAT BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS ARE, THE ONLY THING YOU TAKE FROM YOUR FATHER IS THE LAST NAME AND THAT IS EVEN IF THE FATHER IS AROUND. DONT TAKE OUT WHO THE MOTHER IS YOU DUMB A**. WHY ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE AWAY THE PERSON WHO GAVE YOU LIFE. HE HIMSELF EVEN CALLS HIMSELF BIRACIAL. SO FUCC YOU. DONT BE IGNORANT, EVEN OBAMA GIVES PROPS TO HIS WHITE RELATIVES.

    ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO KEEP RACISM AND IGNORANCE ALIVE. DUMB B*TCH

  101. MY KIDS WILL BE BIRACIAL AND I WILL BE DAMMED IF MY KIDS DONT INCLUDE BOTH OF THEIR RACES. MY CHILD WILL BE HALF GHANAIAN AND HALF AMERICAN AND THEY WILL BE PROUD OF BOTH SIDES, STOP BEING SO CLOSE MINDED

  102. NO VOICE U SHUT UP! I GET TIRED OF YOU ADDRESSING, ESPECIALLY WHEN I’M NOT TALKING TO YOU.YOU WILL NOT KEEP ME FROM SAYING WHAT I WANNA SAY UNLESS YOU WANNA FLY TO OKLAHOMA AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, WHICH I DOUBT THAT. YOU’RE IGNORANT, AND I REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEGE YOU ANYMORE AFTER THIS STATEMENT

  103. @ Janet

    You sound ignorant as fucc! How did Bey steel her glory?? That’s not Etta’s song nor is it Beyonce’s but when she gave Bey the OK to do the movie, create the sound track then she has the right to sing it when ever! Bey has already made known to the fact that “AT LAST” is a Etta James song. what more does she want??! To me she’s jealous that Obama never asked her to sing in the first place.

  104. @ janet plz tell how did she steal the song.would you be mad at bey if she would have sang it at karaoke night.what the fuck is the difference?and to me it still look like etta needs to work a lil bit more to make something of herself.

  105. You know what? Yall oughta really let go of the personal attacks. Everybody has an opinion that you will not agree with. And it won’t change the opinion if you verbally attack somebody. It is truly a waste of energy and emotion to name call folk you don’t even know. Unless you get off on cussing out people. But go to fightwithme.com, please.

  106. HOW DO I SOUND IGNORANT, SHE IS UP THERE TRYING TO STEAL SOMEONE ELSE’S GLORY. TRYING TO MAKE THE SONG HERS, SHE NEVER EVEN GAVE ANY KIND OF RESPECT TO ETTA FOR LETTING HER DO THE SONG OR THE MOVIE. WHEN YOU SING SOMETHING, AND PEOPLE REMEMBER YOU FOR IT, IT MAKES IT YOUR SONG CAUSE NO ONE ELSE CAN DO IT LIKE YOU

  107. @ JANET

    I DONT MEAN TO BUT IN BUT YOU ARE MAINLY WHAT YOUR FATHER IS. YOU CAME FROM HIS SPERM…WITHOUT YOUR FATHER YOU ARE NON EXISTANT. YEAH BOTH PARENTS ARE ALWAYS INCLUDED IN A CHILDS RACE BUT LETS NOT FORGET IF YOUR DADDY IS BLACK, YOU ARE BLACK(ALICIA KEYS, HALLE BERRY,JORDAN SPARKS) YOU AINT HEARD OF THE 1 DROP RULE?? LOL

  108. SHE DOESNT NEED TO DO ANYTHING TO MAKE SOMETHING OF HERSELF WE ARE ARGUING ABOUT HER ARENT WE, SO SHE DID HER JOB, LOOK SHE HAS STILL GOT PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT HER AND GOOD FOR HER FOR BEING 71 AND STILL SINGING.

    KEEP DOING WHAT YOU LOVE ETTA!

  109. Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda,
    If it’s true it’s sad, on all parts.

    I as a singer for over 45 years, I can understand Etta’s ‘belated’ feelings of envey. As she watched Bey’ sing her song, that’s she’s (Etta) sung almost all of her life…a song she made famous! In what was then one of the MOST historic moments of all times! The first Black Presidents Inauguration…(she got jealous) she turned them down! But I ask what would anyone else have done! the movie was just out? The song was from the movie! A tribute to Etta James!

    While at the same time it’s something that should have made her proud! Now makes her envious. I’m now remembering every channel and each one of the ball’s. So 10 times ‘ At Last” was played! Must have been a request of someone one special…? At least we know it was planned!

    Etta please connect the dots! Your song…famous first Black President! Beyonce…
    for the people who did not know of you! now they do! Clean up this little mess you’ve made! Etta check your name and see how many hits your name got since the inauguration and the movie! just chill!

    The world loves our president! Apologise and get on with your life! Besides us ole girls we’ve been out on the road too long! Beyonce would whipp your ole tale! Thank them for playing your song’ Actually I thought in the movie it was not as good as your singing! TODAY I can tell you Beyonce’ worked her butt off to present your life and your songs!
    So get over it! Accept the accolades! and Apologise to the Obama’s!

  110. THAT WAS BACK IN THE SLAVERY DAYS. WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO GO BACK TO SLAVERY. YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE PAST AND HATE ON PEOPLE FOR SOMETHING THEY DIDNT EVEN DO THEMSELVES GO FOR IT. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT AFRICANS ARE STILL COMING OVER HERE. THERE IS A LOT MORE INTO THAT ONE DROP RULE, DO YOUR RESEARCH. THIS IS 2009 AND IF YOU ARE MIXED WITH SOMETHING YOU ARE BIRACIAL. WHAT YOU GET IS FROM BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS, FEATURES, COLOR, AND OTHERWISE. I KNOW A LOT OF MIXED BABIES WHO TOOK FROM THE MOTHERS SIDE. SO THAT IS ACTUALLY FALSE, YOU ARE NOT ONLY WHAT YOUR DADDY IS.

  111. Has anyone heard Etta James sing lately? She sounds dreadful. I think she’s bitter about not being asked to sing a song she COVERED back in the day. How can you ask a woman like her to sing for out president when she obviously has something against him?? beyonce is the one of the best. your heard etta say it “THE GREAT BEYONCE” cant argue wit that! She’s too too old to be hating…i guess hating has no age! lol

    GO HEAD BEY KEEP EM HATING!

  112. @Bigbadmoma

    Im mad that you’re 45 years old on this site for ONE and TWO you cant spell to well. Its never too late to go back to school dear. smh

    BEYONCE SANG IT BETTER THEN ETTA! HANDSDOWN

  113. Well,
    Whether I spell correctly or not, I can understand PLAIN English! While you were being pottie trained I was helping invent the internet & intranet! I can go anywhere my signon lets me and then some! reading is fundamental! AND THIS IS AMERICA! you’re part of what our NEW PRESIDENT IS WORKING TO (CHANGE)!…I said I’ve been on the Road for 45 years! Did not tell you I’m 45 years old! And IF YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU READ! then you know I was telling Etta’s peeps who are PAID to read this crap! that Beyonce’ sung the heck out of the song without being rude like you!!SO IF YOU’RE MAD! SCRATCH YOUR BEHIND AND GET GLAD! You’re RIGHT ABOUT SCHOOL AND SINCE YOU DID NOT UNDERSTAND A THING I GUESS YOUR MOMMIE HAS YOUR LUNCH PACKED!

  114. Could it be that Etta said Obama wasn’t her president because she wasn’t asked to perform. It’s not a good excuse to be so disrespectful, just saying.. Besides, I have said for 8yrs Bush wasn’t mine LOL.

    Now why is it that people who don’t praise bey are called haters? Everyone is entitled to an opinion without all the name calling.

    And what’s with all the profanity? Is it not possible to get a point across without spitting such foul language…just sad

  115. Where are you guys getting this stuff ?
    Etta was asked? her reply was that she was ill….

  116. For those who don’t know Etta was & has ALWAYS been a spitifre, that’s what made her so fierce… so if she’s been this way her whole life do you honestly expect her to change? I remember her sayin that when she signed w/ Chess records she wanted to be raw & grimy like the fellas when it came to singing & songs that were written. But Chess wanted her to be prim & proper like a Supreme b/c @ that time they were competing w/ Motown… Etta said she hated it. I think eventually Chess realized that the market they served was NOT a Motown crowd & finally worked & marketed the company to it’s true patronage. So personally it doesn’t surprise me that she said it.

    It is no secret that Etta did NOT want Bey to play her in the “Cadillac Records” movie b/c she felt that Beyonce could not own up to her. Yes she retracted & made nice for the media, but it’s obvious she really didn’t want the girl as her. IF she was drunk when she made this recent statement, everyone knows that “liquor loosens the tongue” & ALL the ture feelings will run out the mouth. Personally, I think Etta is hurt & upset by everything the movie, inaugration, & etc. Like many said regardless of who may have written or produced, SHE ( Etta) sang “At Last” & that is one of her best known songs & here is this person taking HER glory. I guess it would be like being the author of a speech or book & someone else stealing your idea & pushing it like it is their own. Do I agree w/ how she handle it, not really, but that is Etta. The lady isn’t bitter she is just one of those women you don’t cross or play with. Frankly, I find it hilarious… Etta is the 1st to say she would whip Beyonce’s butt… and given if she would be given the chance, she would show give it a whirl. If this goes down plz let me know where I can get ringside seats LOL.

    P.S. Etta has never deemed herself as “classy”, she’s raw… OTHERS are the ones who have given her that endearment… so ppl callin her classless means nothing . And if she retracts THIS statement … once again Etta will only be makin nice for the medai aka damage control

  117. Wow, Beyonce seems to be pissing off a lot of iconic entertainers these days; Diana, Aretha, Janet and now Miss Etta. She is even pissing off the young starlets too; Mary J, Queen Latifah, Ashanti, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams. I hear First Lady Michelle has an issue with her also – Karma is a real bytch isn’t it.

    Come to think about it, we haven’t seen Mrs. Knowles-Carter her since the inauguration night. Must be lonely at the top.

  118. Damn I though the old hag was dead. Any who she needs to pipe down a notch talking thet sh*t about my president. Beyonce sang that song so beautifully I was in tears…and evryone knows she sang it very nicely. Etta please start taking your meds!

  119. Mrsjones3 and Kelly, I totally agree with you.

    As far as Etta goes, I truly don’t think that age is an excuse for ignorance. As pissed as she must feel, running her mouth and acting like a fool was just immature. IF the song (all legal rights) belong to Etta, then Bey should take the backlash, but if the song rights do not belong to Etta, which obviously they don’t, then Bey was just doing her thang. Not to say she was right, but going off in a public arena instead of confronting her face-to-face is not the answer either. Plus, I really don’t think Mama Knowles would stand for that shyt. Etta can talk all she wants, but messing with Bey is clearly NOT gonna happen.

    Etta has shown very little class and unfortunately this makes Bey look like the one who has the most common sense. There’s a saying “silence is golden.” Beyonce does not need to respond to this ignorance.

  120. Janet, everybody know its you Sandra Rose. BEYONCE sung that song that night and now its over with. Etta feelings may be hurt but its over no reason to be bitter about it.

  121. Etta James… what can I say, I think she has irreversibly embarrassed herself, and no doubt this is exactly why she was not asked to sing on the night. With an occassion so important, in so many ways, to so many people, it is clear that Etta, could not have been relied on not to be contentious, and embrace the moment for what is was. From her comments afterwards, it is clear that the organisers had concerns that Etta would be self serving, and it looks like they were right.

    Everyone knows that this was an Etta James song, she is in no danger of this being lost. When people go to request at last, it will be the original that they will ask for, so she has no worries there. In fact, any person that has lived through the hardship of a racially oppressed america, could not bring themselves to be bitter by who was called to sing on the night, they would just be so happy that the night came along in their lifetime at all.

    What I can conclude from Etta’s comments about beyonce and the president himself, is that she has lost the plot, no doubt from the privileged position that her stardom has afforded her, very possibly allowing her to gloss over the importance of the day to all.

    I doubt that there isn’t a single person who understands what the day actually meant, that would not have given whatever they had to make it happen, if that was what was needed.

    She should have simply been proud that her sung was sung at all..

  122. I knew when Beyonce Knowles begged to sing for this occasion and then serenaded him that it was going to cause some sort of controversy. Everybody knows that Beyonce paid to be a part of this moment because it was historic. At the end of the day, when people request that song at their weddings, the one that will be played is the version made famous by Ms. Etta James. Beyonce and her young fans need to respect the people that have paved the way and suffered the bruises to make their lives a WHOLE lot easier. End of discussion.
    I applaud Ms. James for having the guts to speak out and saying what I am sure a lot of people in the industry and Hollywood feel about self-absorbed it is all about me Beyonce Knowles.

  123. @Houston Stand Up
    First, of all calm down. I wrote that “If I Was A Boy” is not Beyonce’s song because several of the posters on here keep saying that it is. Second, I am not a “hater” and have written several times on this site that I consider myself a fan. Third, Beyonce being a “legend” is comical. I agree that she is talented and has put in a lot of work throughout the years, but I wouldn’t give her that title. In my opinion, the woman has a strange complex bordering on paranoia about having to be in the spotlight ALL the time.

  124. it’s not etta’s song. she didn’t write it. She was the 3rd to sing it in 1960. Nat King Cole sang it before her in 1957, so Etta we respect yu but quit hating.

  125. @ Prettylady818

    I wasnt calling you a hater I was just saying that in general. I was also just stating the facts about that song. Beyonce is on her way to being a legend. Out of all the rnb singers in the game RIGHT NOW she is the best entertainer/performer of our times.If other celebs (Brandy, J Legend, Tina Turner, and Rihanna) can admit to it they alot of the haters need to realize the same thing.

  126. IM SORRY BUT I HATE ETTA JAMES VOICE SHE SOUNDS LIKE A TRANNY AND SHE NEEDS TO SIT HER OLD AZZ DOWN BEFORE SHE HAS A STROKE! GETTING HER BLOOD PREASURE UP FOR NO DAMN REASON. SHE AINT SAY NUFFIN WHEN BEYONCE DID A TRIBUTE TO HER, OR WHEN SHE RECORDED IT ON THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK, SO SHE NEEDS TO CALM ALL THAT DOWN. THATS WHY I LOOSE RESPECT FOR ALOT OF OLDER PEOPLE. ITS LIKE THERE BITTER AND UPSET THAT THERE OLD AND SENIAL AND WERE YOUNG AND VIVRANT. SHE IS A DISGRACE.

  127. Some people on here are so disrespectful. That someone mother you calling old hag. Like give her some respect. So what she got mad she had the right. She could of came better then that i agree but calling her names it not going to get u no where. I think Beyonce should of sang her own song. Someone tell what song she would of sang of her own for the president and first lady.

  128. @ “REAL TALK”, “Mrs Jones3” and “45 IS TOO OLD TO BE IN THIS BLOG CHAT”:

    How dare you call someone an old hag! Someday you will be old and trust me it’ll come sooner than you think. Clearly noone ever taught you to respect your elders! You wont be young forever!

    The comments regarding Etta’s age make me sick! Her age has nothing to do with this, this woman is a legend irrespective of her age! Perhaps Etta’s comments were to some degree classless but noone should offend her age!

    And Etta damn well has a point, why didn’t the people who organized the inauguration ask her to perform? By allowing Beyonce to perform Etta’s song created in the minds of young people particularly that the woman is dead, which she clearly is not. I’ve heard Etta perform not long ago and she damn well can sing that song better than anybody else, so she should have been the one to do it!

    And to the above Beyonce stans, the fact that this woman does not have any of her own songs to sing at an event like this says it all! She could not have sang bootylicious, or if i were a boy, or bootyshaked to crazy in love- her songs are lyrically dreadful and often bash men. The only remotely romantic song of hers is Dangeriously in love- but yet again she fails to deliver the emotion the song delivers, its souless! She wants to be a legend but cannot fathom that real legends don’t enforce upon themselves that title- people label others legends, not the artist themselves!

    And if you are going to claim that the song isnt Etta’s because she didn’t write it, that means that none of Beyonce’s songs are her own- she didn’t write irreplacable, if i were a boy, crazy in love (originally by the chi-lites and she lied about writing the song and was exposed), kissing you, halo…. I could go on about the number of songs that Im sure she regards as her own but she didn’t write them! I’m sure Bey would regard these songs as hers because they are affiliated with her, someday some younger prettier girl will come along and publically sing one of “her” songs and Beyonce will know how it feels like to have something like that taken away. The woman is heartless! She steals other people’s music without even accrediting it to them! The youngsters/ignorant/even oldsters who worship her as if she is a deity need a reality check.

  129. @ UK GIRL

    Shut up! I will be old one day but I wont be an old bag of bones like Etta James is. She is a bitter woman looking for attention. If I ever meat that old drug addict I will kick that b*tch in her throat, throw her over my knee and spank her depends wearing azz! She’s a spitful old prostitute that needs to take her meds at all times! CLASSLESS GOAT! lol

  130. AND ANOTHER THING for all of you that keep calling this old ass b*tch a legend is blind to the fact that she hasnt accomplished a damn thing but get hooked on drugs, prostitute, and nag about a woman that has shown her nothing but love. She came out with maybe 3 songs to which she did NOT write and she has NO AWARDS or anything to show for her success. Being old as hell and nasty does not make you a LEGEND! If she’s a legend then so is Ashanti…and we ALL know thats false! FUCC ETTA JAMES B*TCH AZZ!!!! She made me upset talking about Barack and Beyonce. That trick needs a good ol IKE TURNER ASS WHOOPING!

  131. I just got word that Etta was just playing about Beyonce saying she is a comedian and singer. and that Bey wont be the 1st person that she will talk about.

  132. I think Etta James should be really happy beyonce decided to portray her in the movie cadillac records. She exposed her story and music to a new generation and kept her name in the media for several months. Without this movie, a lot of young people wouldnt even know any of etta james’ music besides ‘At Last’. Yes, this is Etta’s signature song, but for a lot of young people this is her only clame to fame. I would probably be angry too if someone sang my signature song, but it is my understanding that she was too sick to sing the song at all so WHY BE MAD? if you were asked first but then declined, you already know you got top billing to sing the song. Michelle and Barack love some beyonce so of course they would go with her next to sing this song especially after the movie.

    Even though etta james might sing it better, Beyonce is killing her in the stability game. That is why people love beyonce for live performances. Shes predictable- she wont show up high, drunk or dressed innappropriately and she’ll deliver a great performance without saying anything politically charged or controversial.

    And no beyonce doesnt have a song of her own to sing but her career is not over yet. she might get a great love ballad between now and the time she becomes etta’s age.

  133. This janet character is making a fool out of herself. Poor thing!

  134. @LADY

    Girl who cares when a old disrespectful lady like Etta goes around talking mess about Obama and Bee then we all have the right to say what we like. She is an old skezer that needs to have some dignity and class. I read that she was just playing but to me that shit wasnt funny and she should watch what she says about folks. Beyonce has shown nothing but respect to the old yeller and this is how she does? Fucc that, I know if an old lady threatened to kick my a$$ I would go in on her old wrinkled a$$ and buy her some depends for the ON GOING a$$ whooping I would give the old tramp and that a$$ wld be leaking for days! LOL I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR HER OLD A$$ PERIOD!

  135. Other sites are reporting that Etta meant the whole thing as a joke. She talks throughout her set and thought she was being funny.

    Much ado about nothing, IMO.

  136. I agree with all who feel that Etta should have been asked to sing her signature song. It was exactly what I was thinking while I was watching the first dance! I seriously doubt if Obama’s camp gave any thought to asking her because that campaign was won by motivating the youth.

    I also believe Etta’s outburst is indicative of a long history of erratic behavior and some can make an argument that it was a good reason NOT to invite her to sing the song. No. The inauguration was not about her but to musical divas EVERYTHING is aobut them. Entertainers are not usually grounded folks. They tend to be insecure and like alot of attention.

    I am disturbed by the disrespect shown to Ms. James on this post. This type of disrespect for tradition among the youth is the environment which ushered Hitler into power in Germany! Makes me nervous to disagree with anything Obama does or says. Geez!

    I have been surrounded by opinionated or rude elderly folk all of my life and have learned just to stay out of their way and just let them be who they are and live my life they way I want to. I try to reason with them and pray for them but I don’t call them names to their face or behind their backs.

    Honoring your mother and father (Exodus 20:15) should be extended to all of our elders. You can agree to disagree and live your life according to your own wisdom without disrespecting the elderly, even when they are rude to you.

    Yes. Etta is considered a legend by those who know musical history.

    As a small child in the 70’s I clearly remember Etta being referred to as “legendary”. Grammy’s and several #1 singles doesn’t makes one a legend. Few of our artist won awards before the mid 80’s! Talent, musicianship, skill, creativity, originality, being a fore runner is what makes one a legend.

    Black female funk-rocker Bette Davis is a legend. Have you ever heard of her? Nope? Learn your musical history so when these rappers sample or white girls from England try to sell you some soul music you’ll know just where they got it from.

    Fifty years ago, Etta was shocking like Prince and Madonna were inthe 80’s and Bette Davis was in the 70’s. Risque artist of today are standing on her shoulders. Show some respect!

  137. BeYawnSay is getting her just desserts and who better to spoon feed her arrogant illiterate ass than a legend? BeYawnSay should have performed her own songs, but wait, she doesn’t have classic, presentable material. Serves her right to be called out. For too long BeYawnSay has made disparaging remarks about her bandmates and the Jacksons, now that someone is calling her out, the stans wanna cry foul and berate Etta with name calling.

    The alcohol was the truth, Etta said what she was obviously withholding, especially after BeYawnSay had the audacity to portray Etta in a biopic WITHOUT EVER consulting with the living legend!!!! The movie flopping has to be humilating for Etta because her life has been anything but a failure like BeYawnSay’s pathetic acting on this futil quest for an Oscar. It’s not gonna happen. Hollywood is sick of BeYawnSay’s arrogance and selfish entitlement. The world is not at BeYawnSay’s feet. Her KARMA has arrived and she is slowly on her way to obscurity. But is typical BeYawnSay fashion, she is gonna keep forcing herself on the public because she is an attention whore.

    So was this fallout worth the paying 8 million dollars BeYawnSay paid to perform the first dance song?

    Isn’t it peculiar BeYawnSay hasn’t had major press conferences, appearances to gloat about the proudest day of her life???? Is she purposely avoiding the media because she would then have to LIE about never performing for an inauguration when she did in fact perform for George Bush???? BeYawnSay the opportunist…..the chickens have come home to roost.

  138. bottom line:

    she wasn’t asked and she is jealous that beyonce got such a prestigious honor. she may be beYAWNce to some of ya’ll, but the president enjoys her enough to ask her to sing for their first dance. anyone, including etta, who doesn’t like it can stick their “opinion” where the sun don’t shine. it’s over and done with, beyonce’s name is in the history as the person who sang for the first african american president and his wife and etta’s is not. now etta wants to backtrack and say she was just being funny. nothing is funny about a 70yr old woman disrespecting the president and a woman young enough to be her granddaughter. beyonce will come out smelling like roses like she always does in these type of situations. no need to respond cause her album sales, number ones and sold out tours around the world are all the response she needs. no need to stoop down to etta’s classless and tasteless level!

  139. Etta James is still on that stuff! There was no way President Obama would have asked her to perform at his Inauguration. She was invited to be in the audience,but she wasn’t going to sing. And yes, Etta was under the influence when she made these embarrassing comments. I know her family is highly embarrass for this foolishness that has traveled around the world. I am so glad that Beyonce and her camp have kept silent and let Etta have her due!

  140. ACTUALLY I AM NOT MAKING A FOOL OF MYSELF. I JUST SOMETIMES GET ON SITES LIKE THESE AND SEE HOW BLACK WOMEN FEEL ABOUT OTHER WOMEN OF COLOR THESE DAYS AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED . THE ONLY PEOPLE KEEPING BLACK WOMEN DOWN ARE THEMSELVES. YOU ARE NOT ONLY WHAT YOUR FATHER IS, YOU ARE BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS, AND I AM TIRED OF BLACK PEOPLE ACTING LIKE THE MOTHER WHITE OR OTHERWISE DONT EXIST IN A BIRACIAL CHILD. IT IS UNFAIR TO ASSUME THAT THE CHILD CAN NOT IDENTIFY WITH BOTH PARENTS. MY SISTER IS BIRACIAL AND SHE IDENTIFIES WITH BOTH HER WHITE AND BLACK SIDE. IT IS RACIST TO ASSUME JUST BECAUSE YOUR FATHER IS BLACK THAT THE WHITE DOESNT COUNT. THIS IS 2009 AND THE RACISM WILL NOT STOP IF BOTH SIDES OF THE SPECTRUM DONT STOP. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS BOTH BLACK AND WHITE AND MAYBE THAT IS FOR A REASON, MAYBE IT IS TO SHOW THAT WE ARE ALL ONE PEOPLE. BLACK IS BLACK AND WHITE IS WHITE, GOD DID NOT PUT US ON THIS EARTH TO HATE EACH OTHER, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AND HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THE MULTIPLE COLORS OF PEOPLE ARE A TEST FROM HIM TO SEE PAST ONLY WHAT YOU SEE. ITS LIKE GOD, WE CANT SEE HIM BUT WE KNOW HE IS THERE WE CAN FEEL HIM.

  141. Wow! I was going to comment on this Etta/Beyonce kerfuffle, but I am too taken aback by the verbal fisticuffs in the comments to form my thought. Is it the promise of anonymity on a blog that allows a woman of color to be so nasty and vicious to another woman of color over a topic that has no bearing on your lives whatsoever? I didn’t realize that access to a keyboard zapped so many folks of a level of decency and decorum. Frankly, I don’t see why so many of you are surprised/upset by Ms. James’ behavior. If one were to peruse the comments written, you’d think Ms. James’ nasty behavior is the rule – not the exception.

  142. GUESS WHAT IT IS ALSO HARD TO BE A WHITE WOMAN, A HISPANIC WOMAN AND A YELLOW WOMAN, IT IS HARD OUT HERE FOR ALL WOMEN. BEING A WOMAN IS HARD PERIOD. BUT TO ACT LIKE YOUR LIFE IS HARDER BECAUSE YOUR COLOR BRINGS YOU DOWN. WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES YOUR COLOR HAVE TO DO WITH BEING A WOMAN. NOTHING! IF YOU LET YOUR COLOR BOTHER YOU BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT, YOU ARE USING IT AS YOUR CRUTCH, AN EXCUSE FOR YOUR SUPPOSED FAILURE. STOP FOCUSING ON YOUR COLOR AND OTHER PEOPLE WILL. MOST PEOPLE CANT STAND PEOPLE WHO USE THE RACE CARD, NO MATTER WHAT COLOR THEY ARE. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY HUSBAND WHO IS FROM GHANA AND IS BLACK, BUT I DONT LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE IS A BLACK MAN, I LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE IS A GREAT MAN. HIS COLOR IS JUST AN ADDED BONUS.

  143. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I HAVE NOTICED IN MY YEARS ON THE EARTH, IT IS OK FOR BLACK PEOPLE TO BE RACIST AND MAKE RACIST COMMENTS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A REASON. I WILL LET YOU KNOW THAT YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT RACISM IS LIKE. THEY ARE CREATING THE RACISM THAT THEY FACE, ACTING LIKE A “THUG” OR A “GANGSTA” AND “GHETTO FABULOUS”, USING EBONICS, TRYING TO CREATE YOUR OWN LANGUAGE THAT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO PROPER ENGLISH. YOU MAKE YOURSELVES LOOK IGNORANT, THAT IS WHY NO ONE TAKES ANYTHING SERIOUSLY FROM YOU. IT IS ACTUALLY FUNNY TO WATCH. YOU MAKE YOUR LIFE HARDER BECAUSE YOU MAKE YOURSELVES LOOK LIKE YOU CANT BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. YOU CANT EXPECT PEOPLE TO TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY WHEN YOU ACT LIKE THAT.

  144. TRY BEING A STRONG WOMAN AND LEAVE COLOR OUT OF IT, IF YOU DO THAT THEN GUESS WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL TOO. IM SORRY FOR SPEAKING SO BLUNTLY BUT IF WE ARE TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE PERSON, THEN WE NEED TO STOP THIS COLOR CONFLICT. MOST PEOPLE DONT EVEN CARE.

  145. Go Janet it’s your birthday! I totally agree with what you say and stand for!

  146. You come from both your mother and father. I don’t know where you all get off saying you only come from your father. Last I checked conception needs both a sperm and an egg. Does an egg not come from a woman?….O snap it does! So no matter what you all say or think our new prez is biracial and proud if it! But don’t worry, once be makes a mistake then you all will acknowledge his white side. Booya!

  147. Been awhile since I spoke on this site. I may be wrong but didn’t Etta sign off on Beyonce portraying her in that movie Cadillac Records”? Prior to that, Etta had been very quiet. I’m sure she kept herself working but no one really had been speaking of her lately. How do you praise someone for portraying you in a film and tell them you love them for the work they did, then turn around and dog them the next? I’m not that big of a fan of Beyonce, but I’m just thinking maybe she felt the best song for that occasion was “At Last”? After all she just sung it in Etta’s movie. Am I wrong?

  148. @ Janet

    Baby calm down! You sound HIGH and you have WAY too much time on ya hands! There are way to many comments from you sweetie….A Black woman has it harder then any other race period! Look at all the sh*t we gotta put up with from both genders and ALL races?! No white woman has the same struggles as I have, dont no white woman know the strenght of a black woman. So since your so into your culture go look up the struggles and situations that the everyday REAL black woman faces each and everyday, nothing a white, Asian, or Hispanic women can say they have my struggles. POINT IS Etta is wrong for saying all that playing or NOT she is a disrespectful old lady. I wont call her all the names that everyone and they momma has been calling her but I’ll say that she is a disgrace to all black women striving for the best. And I now look down on that lady pushing about 95 years old. She needs to sit down!

  149. Some black people have to hate on everything. They don’t have to…they just do it. This acid prune did not have no business trying to clown our president. As we can see, she was jealous because she didn’t get to sing the song…Beyonce did. Btw, bey sung it beautifully. Even though, we have a Black President some blacks will Never get themselves together, however I do hope this will be the last stupid comment a black person (publicly) will make involving our president.

  150. Let me first start by saying or asking rather: isn`t that ETTA JAMES BLACK. Your`e a black woman that has been on drugs, poor thing and yet in 2009, when the whole world supposedly came together in honor of our first black president here we go with the name calling and the accusing and the anger. To all of you who are so negative and bitter, please take a chill pill and to the ETTA JAMES whoever she is, i think as an old woman you really need to calm yourself down because you are too old to get bitter and Angry over something so petty. Life is too short. Tomorrow is never promised or guaranteed. For someone her age, i thought she`d address the situation with more class and be humane about it. Why do BLACKS always have to fight each other. Because at the end of the day it`s a song and u know what if God should call upon Etta james she can`t go to the grave with the song or any of her worldly posessions. Ask God to fogive you Etta James, and to put this whole nonsense behind you, get yourself clean from those drugs youv`e been on during your young days and make it right with God before it`s too late. All the bickering and Anger needs to stop. You are too OLD for this period. Go to God in Prayer right now and just stop the petty stuff u r doing.

  151. Wow! Real Talk, I bet your Mama is proud of you!
    For the record, M/W/51.
    I have been struggeling with my own personal race demons since birth.
    I was researching Ms. Etta James for “Loves Been Rough On Me”, thinking about covering the song myself, when I inadvertany was directed to this site.
    I cant beileve what I have read here.
    I totally support the right of free speach, and welcomed and support equal civil rights for every human being. But after equal rights, we are not all equal.
    I probally will loose the vast majority right here, proving my point.
    I did not vote for the person who I now call the President of our country.
    Therefore, he is not MY President he is THE President.
    Ms. James clearly made this same distinction when expressing her feelings as I heard her in the clip.
    I admire Ms. James enough to want to cover one of her songs.
    There is no doubt that Ms. James has the right to feel dissed concerning her song, the lack of an invitation to sing it, and the fact that she was not reconized at all before or after its performance by Beyonce.
    Having heard the clip and the crowds reaction to her comments, they clearly were in agreement with her.
    I could go on an on and on about this as far as my personal thoughts and issues, but in honor of Ms. James I will keep my commentary pointed to her.
    This President promoted CHANGE, the black folk made it a RACE ISSUE, Black President and all.
    Then to celebrate the multi facetted “victory”, they ignore the originator of her signature song and hire the new kid to perform it thereby kicking Ms. James to the curb and tossing here under Ms. Rosa Parks BUS!
    Just like Dr. Kings Dream, you just dont get it. Its always been right in front of your faces and you just dont get it.

  152. I wouldn’t cover that song kevin, she might try to whoop your a$$

  153. 1. Wasn’t a statement released during the time of the inauguration stating that Miss Etta was too ill to travel?
    2. Etta covered At Last just like Beyonce did….if anyone should be mad it should be Glenn Miller(if he’s still alive)
    3. If he’s not her president(Etta’s words), why the big fuss?

    This post has taken a turn for the worse, nothing is going to change the fact that Beyonce sang, and Etta is upset. No need in disrespecting anyone, or getting way off topic. Let the ish go and move on

  154. musch respect has been lost for her….its a shame to have lived so long on this earth and she still hasnt learned to watch her faul mouth…oh well i guess you cant teach an old DOG new tricks…and not because its beyonce she was just dead wrong and then the way she speaks of our new president…girl please…sit down

  155. I keep hearing ignorant comments about nobody knowing Etta until Beyonce! The reason why you don’t know Etta is because you are not culturally well rounded . The ghetto brains don’t extend that far. Learn your history, learn your black entertainers who paved the way for the likes of a Beyonce, and stop making silly comments about nobody knowing Etta because it only shows your lack of Knowledge, and the obvious reason why beyonce don’ t get the recognition she deserves, Annoying Uneducated Fans.
    Talking about beyonce sings better than etta
    Christina Aguilera singing that song is the REAL treat. Christina could probably give Etta a run for her money on that song, but Beyonce? Put it like this, I’ve never even ventured to see her performance of the song…..so I have no idea how she sounds singing it live. I heard it in the movie, and that was damaging enough to my sensibilities.

  156. dark sista the point still stands that beyonce help bring light to her story period i knew who she was but many dont and thats the point…my partner is white and he is, im sure, lol older than everyone on this site and he didnt know anything about etta till he saw the movie, in fact he knew that white folk stole our music but he didnt know to that extent…so with that being said yes many black people knew who she was but its not all about the black community either its about the world and she just shouldnt have made that comment

    now i just saw on cnn that she said she was only kidding and what she said about obama was a joke as well… i accept appologies but she still shouldnt have said it, period

  157. I can understand Etta being upset, but she could have handled it in a more appropriate way. Saying you are going to woop her a** is not the best way to express yourself, cause you end up looking just bitter. But I understand where she was coming from. For example, you would never see anyone else singing “Respect” but Aretha at an event such as the inauguration.

    And Etta wasn’t a producer for Cadillac Records, but guess who was. So she wouldn’t have had a say in who played her. The story was about Chess Records, not Etta James. Whomever own the rights to the song can approve the use of the song in the movie.

  158. I will say this. What people seem to forget is that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I truelly believe Etta probably did not expect for this to get out this way, but I get it! If i wrote a song I would want to perform my song if I am still alive and living. I do believe Beyonce takes credit for a lot of things that is not hers to take credit for. Did she do a great job? Yes, but it does not make it right. Maybe she could have song another song but then again that song would belong to someone else as well.

  159. AND NOW AMAZINGLY SHE WANTS TO SAY IT WAS ALL A JOKE…YEAH RIGHT

    AN @AB, SHE DID NOT WRITE THE SONG, THE SONG HAD BEEN RECORDED TWICE BEFORE SHE GOT TO IT

  160. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW ETTA JAMES IS A LEGEND?? Name 4 things that she has accomplished besides getting high, talking foul, and being a prostitute???

  161. This JANET character might be snifffing on some substance, just like MS. JAMES (surprise, surprise). Poor thang!

  162. According to the Chicago Tribune & Suntimes The Obamas and Beyonce are stunned by Etta’s remarks.
    Her family think her comments stem from “over-medication.”

    Though no one is commenting officially, I’ve learned both Beyonce and President and Mrs. Obama were stunned by music legend Etta James’ strong verbal whiplashing over Beyonce singing ”At Last” to the Obamas for their first inaugural ball dance.

    ”It never crossed anyone’s mind that there was anything inappropriate about Beyonce singing that song,” admitted a White House insider Thursday. ”First of all, the message of the song was so perfect. Beyonce sang it in the [‘Cadillac Records’] film, and I don’t think the people organizing that event even knew Etta was still performing. … I’m sure some of the younger people involved didn’t even know she is still alive!”

    That said, a number of people deeply involved in the Inaugural festivities admitted Thursday it might have been better to have Beyonce and James sing ”At Last” as a duet. But one key member of the Obama camp huffed, ”From Etta’s slam of Barack in Seattle, it sounds like she didn’t even vote for him. … You’ve got to remember that Beyonce was a strong and loyal supporter of the president and his campaign.”

    The source was talking about James’ sarcastic comment on Jan. 28 to her Seattle audience about ”your president, the one with the big ears. … Wait a minute, he ain’t my president. He might be yours, he ain’t my president.”

    Given that James, 71, earlier had seemed supportive of Beyonce playing her in ”Cadillac Records” — the film loosely based on Chicago’s own Chess Records — her verbal attack on the young superstar also was surprising.

    ”The great Beyonce … I can’t stand Beyonce,” said James, calling ”At Last” her own song ”that I’ve been singing forever.”

    It is true James was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 for her rendition of the song, which she recorded in 1961 and made her own. However, James neither wrote ”At Last’ nor was the first artist to record it. The song was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren and first recorded by Ray Eberle and Pat Friday.

    As for James’ biting remarks, a couple of family members have been quoted as saying they may have been the result of ”over-medication” for an undisclosed ailment.

  163. at Hollywood BS:
    I am not sniffing on anything, I am just letting you all know something that a lot of people are afraid to say because of the whole racist thing. No one makes your life hard except for themselves. I don’t do drugs, I am not stupid and I am not a loser. Please don’t assume things about me when you don’t even know me. I am just stating the obvious, most people don’t want to see the obvious because they know that it is the truth.

  164. @ Melissa
    Thanks for the info. Now can we put this to rest.

    @ Girl6
    I wasn’t alive during her hey day. As I mentioned in a previous post, as a small child I remember “old” folks speaking fondly of her music and her performances. She was shocking like some of the fav artist of the past 2 decades. She didn’t win no awards back then but that doesn’t mean she did not have a cult following. Black artist won few grammys and such before the mid 80’s. Google her. See if she is has a wiki page and search from there.

  165. @janet

    THERE IS NO WAY YOU HAVE A JOB DEAR! YOU ARE ON HERE WAY TOO MUCH! LOL GET OFF BEYONCE AND ETTAS NIPPLES! LLS

  166. @PEARSREVEALED

    I did and I came up with NOTHING bcuz she is black and an older singer doesnt fit the bill as a LEGEND. Im sorry she has to come harder then that….Beyonce has accomplished WAY more then Etta has in all her entire life, (TRUTH B TOLD) so that makes Beyonce a Legend too. AS WELL as Ashanti, Alicia Keys, Rihanna (oh lord) and hell Usher! So with that said, Etta didnt write AT LAST nor was she the 1st to sing AT LAST and will not be the last to sing that song. Playing or not she owes Obama and Beyonce an apology!

  167. I do have a job b*tch. Just cause I am on here doesnt meant that I don’t have one. Maybe I have a good job and they don’t mind being on the internet, I probably make a whole hell of a lot more than you do. And guess what this is the first time that I have been on this site, and now I see why my husband doesn’t want to be married to an American Black Woman, look at you guys, acting like you are better than everyone and talking sh*t. I am not the only one who has commented a lot on this site. You are all just mad, cause I see you for what you are, selfish, wanna be ghetto fabulous, ebonic speaking ho*s. Also I am not the only one hating on Beyonce, and I stuck up for Etta James. I work in a place that collects money from deadbeats like you who can’t pay their bills, so I spend a long time online looking for people who think they can hide from people. I don’t know who you think you are talking to DEAR but you are so wrong in so many ways.

  168. Ashanti, Alicia Keys, Usher, Rihanna and Beyonce are not legends. Typically people who accomplish things like musical, historical or scientific feets die before they are considered legends. Yes they have accomplished a lot in their young lives but they are not legends. Just stars, famous people, things like that. Elvis is a legend, James Brown a legend, Nat King Cole a legend, a legend is someone who dies and their fame is still there. Someone that people still talk about. You can not sing for 5 or 10 years and be called a legend. They have not defied any odds or broken any barriers. Everything they do, is because someone did it first. Plus why would you want to call most of these people legends, they cheat on their significant other, or use their body as a sexual tool to be famous. None of them except for maybe Alicia Keys is a respectable person. Even Rihanna had to sell out and “go bad” to get more famous. These are not the kind of women I want my children to look up too. And as for Beyonce accomplishing more then Etta James, that is wrong. Because of Etta James, Beyonce is able to get up there and do what she does. Give respect to the past generation who took a lot more flack for singing and being sexual and being black. If it weren’t for the black women(or any women) back in the day who broke barriers and defied the odds we would not have the Beyonce and Britney Spears who get up their and act like SKA*NKS.

  169. As the old proverb says: “A drunken mind speaks the truth of your soul” LOL. I can understand Etta being upset however; she just should have tried to express it differently. When I first heard the clip on another site I lol because I could not believe an elderly and drunk woman was saying those words. I thought to myself she better look out because she is going to get some serious back lash for those comments.

    @Liyah I totally agree

    @Dark Sista and Voice what’s up and lol you two are too funny. But you both have always brought about good controversial comments to the table.

  170. Excuse me I meant to say: As the old proverb says: “A drunken soul speaks with a sober mind” LOL.

  171. Crystal you killed me with your last comment!!! lmbao!!!!!!!

    OMG…it was a joke people! I bet if Etta (who may have slammed a couple back before her performance) knew her comments would’ve brought on such a backlash, she would’ve never said it. When I initially heard the audio, I nearly pissed my pant laughing so hard…I didn’t think it would be this serious.

  172. @ JANET

    YOU SOUND FOOLISH BABYGIRL! IF ETTA JAMES IS A LEGEND THEN SO IS BEYONCE ECT! TAKE YA DUMB ASS BACK TO WORK. THERE’S A SPILL IN AILE 7 BY THE DOG FOOD!!!! THEY NEED YOU. LLS

  173. Etta said nothing but the truth! and she shouldn’t of covered up nothing she said about her. Beyonce is a back stabber and Etta may felt Beyonce went to far and had to let her know a thing or two, can’t be mad at that.

  174. I agree with what mario says. A lot of lengendary singers are better known than etta james. Beyonce helped bring her story to light- plain and simple! Just because you know her as a legend doesnt mean that everyone does. If young people dont know who she is or what shes been through it doesnt mean theyre stupid or ‘ghetto brained’ or lack culture. It MEANS they dont know a lot of old music or singers that you consider legendary. You cant knock them for that, its an age difference thing.

  175. @Girl 6
    I won’t argue with you about who or what is legendary.Obviously our musical values and tastes are different. I am nearing 40 and I grew up with much older siblings so I was exposed to alot of old music. to each his own.

    I do urge you, however, to learn more about Ms. James. In doing so you might discover some buried treasure in the “ancient” African American music and culture chest that might excite you. Start here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etta_James

    I use the Google search engine when I am hunting for info on whatever. If you had problems finding info it is because her snub of Bey & Obama has generated pages of links to articles about the controversy.

    Wikipedia is not an exhaustive, well researched site but it provides a good summary of info on its subjects. Sometimes there are links to the sources on the page which provides future exploration. Just a starting point esp when looking for info on an entertainer you haven’t seen or heard from in a while.

  176. i dont sound foolish, you guys just are not used to hearing english. you speak to much ebonics to know english. and i dont work in a super market. i work in an office. i am not your baby girl. dont push your job and what you do on me. i am not a dumb ass. im just tired of hearing this race bullshit and everyone think that someone is so wonderful because they are black. get the fucc over yourselves. oh and i got off of work HOURS ago.

  177. Finally..

    To those who make sweeping negative remarks about African American women based on the posts on this site, that is so unfair.

    Since I have been reading blogs the past 1.5 years and brownsista for the past 14 months, I have found that posters vary due to the subject matter. Last year at this time there were a few teens; mostly 20 & 30 something singles and marrieds who claim to be college educated or gainfully employed or stay at home moms; I then, the elderly or old heads. LOL. The author of this sit, Stephanie, knows better about her demographics than I do.

    In recent months, the plethora of Bey threads has brought rather “passionate” presumably younger minds to the table. Nevertheless, the readers and posters represent a fragment of the population and our comments should not be used to justify preconcieved notions and stereotypes about all black folk. We are not MONOLITHIC! We are just folks shooting off at the mouth because we can and our employers have not caught up with us yet!

    Some folks make me roll my eyes & grate my nerves but I keep coming back for more. Why? Because we are each others’ entertainment and it a fringe benefit to folks like me who have access to the internet at work…. Just one big circus.

    To learn more about the people who post read the GT threads or when Stephanie gets real personal and invites comments.

    To you young heads, Bey & Riri fans PLEASE don’t take the entertainment industry so seriously. It’s entertainment and I doubt if anyone on this thread is getting paid for it but Stephanie.

  178. Sorry for more than normal errors. The editing feature would not work for me.

    “I then”~~and then

    “future exploration”~~further

    “author of this sit”~~site

  179. Its really sad to see a Legend carry on that way. She sould be proud the Young lady payed homage to her and her song. Singing the song and doing a good job with it. Shame shame shame

  180. It is also sad to see beyawnce thit suppose to be wanna be icon bootyshaking and using sexual charged themes to boost her career, If you have talent you don’t have to resort to exposing your ass to get attention! Etta had a right to voice her opinion just like some of you women would if after years of building up progress in your marriage some pop tart bimbo eased in to try to take everthing you worked hard for, now say you would’nt!!

  181. Mario: Are you coming for me baby ?Please don’ t Etta did not need any Light on her Everyone who is musically educated and i am not including knowing lil wayne lolipop’ s every words
    Knows etta, So stop it,and if you think that she was kidding about what she said, then i overestimated your intellect

    Good day

  182. janet: its sad that one must die before they are considered a legend. That is bull!

    although Miss James said she was just “joking” i fail to believe that. I do not feel bad for her cause Bey didnt ask to sing “her” song. oh please. first of all we all new before the ball what song Bey was going to sing- why not say something then? Secondly, how long has Mr.Obama been President and only now she starts ranting? Shes just looking attention and has lost all respect from me. I never considered her a legend and now i never will. Has anyone ever thought that the movie didnt do great beacuse no one was interested in whom the movie was about?? “DING, DING, DING” we have a WINNER!

    I also see how deep a lot of peoples hate run for Beyonce. So its okay for this so called Legend to disrespect our PRESIDENT??? My, My, MY!!!

  183. Hmm, is this Janet character on something? she is up and about like a mad woman. Poor thang! check yo meds

  184. Hollywood BS: I am not on any medication. Do you even read anyone else’s comments or are you just on a mad dash to try and make me look stupid. I am entitled to my opinion. And for you to keep attacking me makes me wonder if you are obsessed with me.

    It is actually the truth, people are typically not considered a legend until they die. Your career has to surpass you. When people are still talking about you after you die, or you put in so much time in the industry that you cant help to be considered a legend. You don’t reach legendary status, unless people are buying your albums after you die or long after you stop recording. When people still google you after you and these people who google you are long after your generation. That is where the phrase “legend in their own mind” comes into play. You can consider yourself a legend, but does the rest of the world and the media, and the history books, and the music industry. You can be famous and a star but being a legend is hard. Music Legends have to put in at least 25 years of service. So do your research. Legends like Cher, Madonna, B.B. King, David Bowie, Aretha, George Clinton are all living legends, but look at how long they have been around and they still keep coming back for more. Beyonce is not a legend, she has not put in enough time, and has not done enough.

  185. People have been disrespecting George Bush for years and I bet none of you proud black sistas would have said a damn thing about that, but the minute someone talks about our BIRACIAL president, God forbid. You know a president is a president regardless of what color that president is, and they deserve a certain amount of respect. Get a grip on reality, not everything is about color ok. A person is a person, black, white, red, yellow, brown, it doesn’t matter. People are all the same on the inside, and I am sick of someone thinking they are better then other people because of a certain color. It makes me sick. I love my husband because he is a great man, a decent man, a sweet man. Not because he is from Ghana and he is black. I see his color as a bonus, I think he has a gorgeous color, but I am not only married to him for it. So please stop seeing what is on the outside and love people just to love people.

  186. The President pick who he wanted to sing “At Last” Beyonce’

    Thank you

  187. @ Janet. Janet I’m sure it broke your heart to see Bush leaving office for good. And maybe having him in office did you well. You seem to live in a dream world. Racism is real, it is real. It’s never going to end, at least in yours and my lifetime. It is what it is. Hate for us by whites will never end. Sure it is not as open as it used to be, but it is here. People as yourself are that small percentage that wish it will all go away and pretend not to see color. The fact that we have a black president gives us black folk hope that Obama will make a difference for US 1st then the world. You called him biracial, mainstream America sees him as black. You wont see them calling him the 1st biracial president such as yourself. If you could go before mainstream America and persuade them to think like you, that would really make the world a better place, but I doubt that will ever happen. As far as your former president Bush goes, the only good thing he saw black was the backside of Ms. Rice. Etta will be Etta. She just wants more attention. You keep living in your dream world of people loving people, Ill keep seeing the world and race relations as it is……real.

  188. I don’t believe Etta with this ‘retraction’.

    I think she meant what she said.

    *shrugs*

    It is what it is.

    Some people are MEAN. Some people are BITTER. Some people have NO PROBLEM saying what’s on their mind.

    I doubt Etta had a shift in conscience that made her release a statement; I’m sure her people urged her to do so, you know, ‘coz it would ‘look’ better for everyone.

    I don’t agree with what she said and feel she was 1) being funny with the crowd and 2) voicing how she really felt while being funny with the crowd, BUT, she said it. It’s hers. I have to respect someone being truthful, no matter how tacky it might come off to others. She shouldn’t have retracted. Stand by it. Say what you mean and mean what you say and don’t change it up for nobody’s benefit. My .02 cents after the fact.

    :lol2:

  189. I do not live in a dream world. Racism is real because people of color keep throwing their color in other people’s face. People act like they don’t get things because they are black, this is not true. My husband and I went up for the exact same job, with no experience on both ends, and we both interviewed well and both got a call back, who do you think got the job, my husband. He is black and foriegn, and a man. He is a triple threat. Surprise! Affirmative Action. It is the white people who are actually getting the raw side of the deal now. If you are black, hispanic or even arab, you can basically do whatever you want and no one will say anything because they are afraid the “minorities” will see it as racist. This is not a dream world I live in, I am just so tired of hearing about race, and blah blah blah, slavery, blah blah blah. There is a Black History Month, and a Hispanic History Month, but you will never see a White History Month, there are minority scholarships for blacks, asians, foriegners, but you will never see a white scholarship. It is assumed everything is handed to white people. Not true.

    Native Americans had their land stolen from them, they do not complain about it, they live on their reservations and do their thing. Jewish people were in the holocoust and 6 million were killed, none of them are b*tching about it. But black people blame everything on slavery, stop living in the past. It didn’t even happen to you, your ancestors went through it. White people didn’t do, white people’s ancestors did it. There are people who are having harsher things done and happen to them, worse then slavery. Things are happening now in the world, that are worse then what black people base their hatred for white people over.

  190. Obama even calls himself BIRACIAL. Mainstream calls him black to appease black people. Guess what he is mixed. He has a white mom and an African dad. He is not even like the American Black people here. Black people here aren’t even African. They are American, you don’t hear white people call themselves, European American. He didn’t even go through what Black people did here, so why do you identify, with him because of his color. That is all. You have the race issue, not white people. Most white people don’t even care, and the one’s that do care, only care because black people CONSTANTLY use the race card.

  191. @Janet

    Your BLACK why are you so concerned about the presidents race??? He considers his self BLACK too yeah he is bi-racial but he is known for the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT so get over it!

    @DARK SISTA
    Wheather or not you believe it or not Beyonce did shed alot of light on who Etta James really was. MAYBE not to YOU but to ALOT of other people who either did not grow up in the time or just didnt really care to be educated on her music. I knew who Etta James was but I didnt know about her life, and others didnt know either. It doesnt mean you dont know music or that you lack music education but it just simply says you can learn something new at anytime. Etta James was very wrong for going in on Bey, yeah she sang her song but she’s been singing that song since the movie came out. She shoud have been mad at Just Barack due to him not asking her in the first place. Personally I think they should have sang the song together. Ms James shloud have kept her rude “Jokes” to herself. Beyonce has shown nothing but respect for Etta and always has nothing but nice things to say about her. Really….Its not Etta’s song and when Bey sang it on the soundtrack gives her the OK and right to sing the song anywhere and anytime, WE ALL KNOW who’s song it is and who really sang it, so Etta should have just been happy alone on that thought. I think Beyonce did a great job singing for the Obama’s and that moment can never be ruined or taken back.

  192. Legally, NO ONE owns the song with the exception of the record company. Furthermore, the writer has the IP rights to its reproduction, not its performers. While I am not a Beyonce fan, I was never a fan of the song, so who cares who sings it? On one side, Ms. James is an older woman who popularized this song and maintain a reputation surrounding this popularity for decades, so I can understand her desire to be the “only” performer. On the other side, Beyonce can sing whatever she wants to sing, as long as she pays for the rights to do so. There is no rule, law, nor regulation, requiring anyone who requests a specific song to use the “original” performer who popularized it.

  193. ok ok ms james what u said about beyonce is not that serious ur taking things way out of contact and the way u speak about obama yea ur not happy fine as a women an older women and beyonce being only 27 u should have addressed this issue more correctly and on a respectful level she is doing her thing just like u did your’s when u was young or did u forget let beyonce be her she not bothering nobody she not hurting anyone y do u even care what she do with the song she never came or disrespected u in anyway ur upset because the president asked her to sing the song and not u lol get over it ur time is up and one day hers will be too untill then jsut relax and enjoy entertainment cause this is just the beginning for my girl beyonce nobody should hate her she is a good chick and im proud of her i got her back 100% ms james lol ur a grown women relax let her do her thing u dont like her keep it to ur self im sure u was always taught if u not gonna say nothing nice dont say nothing at all aretha was there to and she had nothing bad too say u and aretha is in the same boat of singing we grew up on u and her y u cant be like patti or aretha and just enjoy what the new comers is doing……………..

  194. I am not black, you are assuming that i am black. Also Obama has nothing in common with any black people from America, his black heritage from Africa. Black people from America, there heritage is so far back that you cant even call your self African anymore. My mixed child from my Ghanaian husband will have more in common with the president then black americans do. You dont hear white people calling themselves European Americans do you. No you dont. He is african american yes, but only because half of him is african and half of him is american, and it is his white american side that makes him american. This is also the side that raised him as a man, and turned him into the man he is today. If he were black american, he never would have become a president, because he wouldnt have been qualified. No one white would have voted for him. He has nothing in common with black people here, the history of the black people in america has nothing to do with him as a black man. You only identify with his color and that is the only part he represents of black americans here. The color. You are proud of someone you can only identify with color wise. He cant even throw slavery in the face of white people because it has nothing to do with him at all. He has no idea the supposed struggle of black people in America. Why dont you get over the color part cause that seems to be the only thing that black people think about. This is why I would never date an American black man. Never.

  195. JANET

    YOU ARE A BLACK LIE!!! LLS YOU ALREADY SAID YOU WERE FROM GHANA…SO WHY LIE NOW..YOUR PROBABLY AS BLACK AS THE ROADS WE DRIVE ON…YOU AINT GOT 2 LIE CRAAAIG!!! LLS FOLKS ON HERE ARE JUST PLAIN PATHETIC!

  196. i never said i was from ghana i said my husband was from ghana learn to read you dumb a$$.
    My mixed child from my Ghanaian husband will have more in common with the president then black americans do. this is what i said. damn you are ignorant, you cant even read.

  197. NO trick you learn to write b/c you said you were from Ghana, thats probably what your dumb a$$ meant to write but that’s NOT what you said. B/c I remember thinking to myself, wow b/c my BFF is from there too and she is gorgeous! Get you writing skills together trick!

  198. LOOK YOU SKANKY ASS HOE, I NEVER SAID I WAS FROM GHANA, WHY DONT YOU GO BACK AND READ ALL MY MESSAGES, I HAVE BEEN SAYING FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS POST THAT MY HUSBAND IS FROM GHANA. DONT TRY AND TELL ME WHAT I WROTE. WHY AM I GOING TO SAY I AM FROM GHANA.

    My husband and I went up for the exact same job, with no experience on both ends, and we both interviewed well and both got a call back, who do you think got the job, my husband. He is black and foriegn, and a man. He is a triple threat. Surprise!
    ONE SEPERATE POST FROM A COUPLE DAYS AGO I WROTE THAT. SO NOW WHAT, I HAVE NEVER SAID I WAS BLACK OR SAID I WAS FROM GHANA.
    It makes me sick. I love my husband because he is a great man, a decent man, a sweet man. Not because he is from Ghana and he is black. I see his color as a bonus,
    YET ANOTHER POST SAYING MY HUSBAND IS FROM GHANA. LEARN TO READ. AND THEN WE CAN TALK. OK.
    I AM SURPRISED YOU CAN EVEN THINK SINCE YOU CANT READ

  199. AT REAL TALK:
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY HUSBAND WHO IS FROM GHANA AND IS BLACK, BUT I DONT LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE IS A BLACK MAN, I LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE IS A GREAT MAN. HIS COLOR IS JUST AN ADDED BONUS.

    first post about my husband being black and from ghana, you dumb ass learn to read and learn to research

  200. @janet
    Fucc you and your black a$$ husbang b*tch! I could careless if you were from the damn WILLA CUCHI tribe B*tch! Your husband dont love you he probably cheating on ya a$$ anyway. Yea yea yea “he loves you” wateva he PROBABLY does but he’s still DOING HIM so I wouldnt brag so hard if I were you..I dont know what man would put up with your nagging and b*tching about everything! Girl get lost LOL

  201. She probably got like 4 baby daddy’s and living off the government.

  202. dont hate on me just because you are jealous and you aint got a man. you are just mad because i put your ghetto ignorant black ass in check. stop hating on me and trying to make me look bad when i have even done anything wrong. stop being so ignorant and only focusing on color and others will stop. no one hates you cause your black, they hate you cause your stupid. maybe if you stopped acting so GHETTO, and THUG and GANGSTA like, people would take you seriously.

    my husband does love me, and he is not cheating, cause i keep him satisfied, he dont need to look elsewhere, and dont you think it is sad that he dont want an american black girl, he said you are aggressive and nasty and only want to take a mans money, and that you dont look for anything serious. YOU ALL END UP ON MAURY POVICH, LOOKING FOR YOUR BABY DADDY. he would rather be with me and different kind of american woman, cause he said we are serious and we mean we love someone when we say it. all black women want are drug dealing, got twenty baba mama’s, wearing pants half way down their ass, gun carrying gangstas.

    so why dont you get lost, and go get an education, learn to speak english, find a man who doesn’t have a record and get a real life, that you can be proud of, and stop hating on my life and my husband who does love me and i love him.

  203. :lol2: @CRYSTAL B*tch sit down and shut the fucc up!

    @Janet aka Kaitlin lls

    Girl you sound ridiculous, all colors are on Maury and your ugly a$$ black a$$ husband could probably never handle a real Black woman b/c we wont let him tell us what to do or say anything out his mouth to us like you white trash women do…oh excuse me BI RACIAL tramps do. Im very educated, I attend Trinity college and Im about to graduate in 1 1/2 years…How bout you, are we stuck at that dead end job as a receptionist or admin asst?? lol Girl please you could never get on my level like a real black woman could. Thats why I will be successful in a short amount of time. Maybe I can have you and you’re african hubby come work for me when I get my business started. But make sure he has a green card b/c we allow NO IMMAGRANTS lol and as for you…are you familiar w/ Excel, and power point?? You can do some research in how you can be arrested for marrying a man who is NOT an american. B*tch I know you married him so he could stay in America my father handles alot of cases like yours. …Girl please no one wants that ugly booty scratching man! lmao :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: …4 points for me :hifive:

  204. you are hilarious, acting like you graduated from high school and are in college. and real black women dont act like you, and how dare you call me white trash. see if i came across and called you the N word, it would have been a mess in here, but now you are trying to bring out racial slurs.
    a real black woman, has respect for herself, and doesnt act like a hot a$$ mess, she doesnt brag about her acc0mplishments, she lets them show for herself, oh and once again i never once said anything about my color, because color is irrelevant. oh and for someone who is in college, you need to use spell check because its IMMIGRANTS not IMMAGRANTS. Like I said before go to school and get educated. and i dont want to be on your level, cause that would mean i have to be on my knees all the time, cause that is how you make your money. Saying you will make a success in a short amount of time, it is illegal to run a brothel in this state, maybe you should go to Vegas or something to start that business up.

    Excel and Power Point, please I was in high school when that came out, so I have been familiar with that for a really long time. and no I didn’t marry him for him to get his papers, that is illegal, and no you can’t get arressted for marrying someone who is not american, you get arressted for marrying an illegal immigrant.

    and if your job doesn’t hire immigrants that is also illegal it is discrimination. I think you meant to say that your job doesn’t hire illegal immigrants.

    BUT YOU ARE REAL FUNNY GETTING ALL MAD, TRYING TO THROW YOUR FAKE EDUCATION IN MY FACE, WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE STILL STRUGGLING FOR YOUR GED.
    real black women dont act like you, you make real black women look bad, you are the kind that give them a bad name, and make everyone think that is how they act. I know a lot of sophisticated and educated black women and they would laugh at you.

  205. I think etta James is a :hater: she’s bitter and she needs to up and get some class and sit her old ass down in her rocking chair and chill out!! She ought to be ashamed of herself beyonce did nothing wrong by singing” at last ” for our new president and his wife ..obama requested beyonce to sing for him and she did a beautiful job of singing the song and etta us just jealous that beyonce is going down in history as the young talented beautiful woman she is who sang there ” 1st” song they danced too and its killing her .. If she’s upset that’s her problem !! Not beyonce ‘s.. I find alot of you females on this board to be a bunch of damn hyprocrites!!! Mary j blige sang Anita bakers song was it a problem? Lauren hill remade killing me softly is it a problem ? That’s what alot of artist do remake songs they like that someone else made .. So what if beyonce didn’t write ” at last” she did a great job if ” remaking” the song .. You all like Mary j and she has borrowed more beats and songs from other artist than beyonce and alot of you like her !!!! Beyonce doesnt have to bow down to etta or any other artist because they didn’t give beyonce her voice god did!!! She owes the man upstairs!! I find it funny how so many black women are talking about having a ” black man” as president but can’t seem to get along with one another or your on the computer ripping and dogging beyonce and other black women for no reason !!! That’s why black women are considered to be mean evil bitches and by looking at all the mean comments being made about beyonce not being a ” real ” singer which is bullshit she’s talented and has earned her title as being #1 because if good old fashioned hard ass work and beyonce will be looked at as a legend because if her accomplishments!!! She’s a legend in her own right.. Back in the day etta James trifling promiscuous and a dopediend who was passes around by every tom dick and harry in the industry!! She was no ” lady” by no stretch of your imagination.. She was gutter and trashy back in the day.. My grandma told me all about etta and believe me her horrible reputation was earned!!! Etta isn’t bowing down to the man who originally recorded the song in the 40’s!!! She ” re-recorded” the song and ” claimed it” as hers when technically its not her song!!!!! She’s 70 yrs old and can’t sing like she did back then she sounds like pure hell now !!! Everybody is now lifting up j-HUD while tearing down beyonce why? Beyonce hasn’t done anything to black women for you all to say such nasty things about her like you all are always doing.. because you hate beyonce !! Why can’t these 2 black woman co-exist and make great music and both be sucessful ? Because black people are derogatory towards each other and has ingrained jealousy and hate for each other !!! Who cares if we have a brand new black president when we as a people are so separate from one another and dog each other out every chance we get!!! No other race does this but black people !!! Its always black vs black!! Its pathetic.. Black people need to fix there nasty jealous mean spirited selves before worrying about obama being president it hasn’t changed the negative way black people feel towards one another.. He would never ever say such nasty things about beyonce or any other black woman!!! All you black women worry about is beyonce’s weave when in fact beyonce has long healthy hair that’s real but doesnt wanna mess up? If you dont know bey personally why hate her.. I dont hear anyone complaining about amy crackhouse or joss “wanna- be black girl” billy goat sounding stone coping off of black singers she thinks she’s the next aretha and black woman compliment these 2 and give them nothing but praise when in fact they both have copied and studied black women singers and sound like hell live I’ve heard both ladies sing at benefit I was at all I can say is horrible everyone was talking about it but black folks are quick to except ” others” who copy us black folks to make money off our sound but dog bey out!!! At least bey can sing she looks up to her ” own ” people while justin, joss, amy make money off of black people who struggled to get where they are and hasn’t recieved as much praise when we are the ” originators” of gospel soul rock etc.. Black people need to get it together.. etta also threaten to kick beys tail please all bey would have to do is huff puff and blow her old dried up bitter self down somewhere.. Etta needs to get some class about herself and leave bey alone she’s old enough to be her grand- daughter .. Etta is bitter and jealous.. Jealousy knows no age!!! Etta proved it…

  206. I agree with you. the only people who bring black people down are black people. they keep blaiming white people, and “the man” for bringing them down. the government even has created programs to help black people get out of their own way, but they decided instead they are going to act a certain way to try and mark out their own existence. they act like thugs and they bring each other down and it is sad. white people dont do anythign to get in their way anymore because if we do we are racist even if we are trying to help them. it is sad. and i am saying this as a non black person, i am telling what is seen on the outside of their neighborhood. we have no problem with black people, non whatsoever, we dont care what color you are. we really dont. we dont like how you use your color as a scapegoat to not be blamed for things, and how you use slavery as an excuse to not succeed in life. slavery was a very long time ago, and you can be whatever you want to be, you have all the rights in the world, and every avenue open to you. get out of your own way.

  207. Beyonce is a very talented person and she is gone always be the QUEEN B!! i give Etta James her props she did record the song but i mean B did a good job singing her song….its not like Etta James is forgotten or anything… :thumbsup:
    PEOPLE….just STOP HATIN Da**!!!…..

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