20 January, 2012
Etta James Death: Beyoncé Speaks
"This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time," Beyoncé, who played James in the movie Cadillac Records, posted in a message on her website. "I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime."
Speaking of her role in the 2008 film, the new mom adds, "Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter."
Beyoncé says, "She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed."