3:10 pm, January 20th, 2012
Here are some stars’ Twitter and blog reactions to James’ death:
New mom Beyonce, who portrayed James in the film Cadillac Records, wrote on her website, “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.”
Will.i.am tweeted, “Showing respect appreciation and love for all the wonderful music and joy #ettajames brought to the world…#ettajamesforever”
Mariah Carey wrote, “Rest in peace to one of the world’s most influential singers Etta James, you will be missed.”
“RIP to the late and great Etta James. Your voice and your fight inspired me and many. I love that through recordings, people can live forever,” said Pink.
Mia Farrow expressed, “Thank you Etta James! Thank you Hear the magnificent MS James singing ‘At Last’. RIP.”
Harry Shum Jr. said, “‘At Last’ is and always will be in my playlist for songs I can hear a million times and feel like it was new again. R.I.P. Etta James”
“CLASSIC. ONE OF A KIND. PURE SOUL. ETTA JAMES! Thank You for gracing us with your incredible talent & presence!” noted Kelly Rowland.
Rihanna offered, “#DearEtta may you rest in peace.”
Denise Richards wrote, “so sad to hear Etta James passed away….. my heart goes out to her loved ones.”
“Omg, we lost Etta James today. May she rest in peace and thank you Etta for all the wonderful singing you left behind for us. I’ll miss her,” said Cyndi Lauper.
MC Hammer expressed, When she sang she had the Gift to become “The Song”,the pain, the love, the Glory. #RIPEtta James.”
Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill tweeted, “RIP Etta James. One of the greatest voices of all time. Thanks for the many romantic moments your music created.”
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