Beyonce has released a statement of remembering the late great Etta James. Etta James passed away January 20, 2011 from leukemia. Bey speaks on her inspiration from James and having the pleasure of meeting a fearless woman.
This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. 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. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.
Beyonce paying tribute to Etta James at Fashion Rocks 2008, “At Last”