Beyoncé as Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008)
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’s statement on the loss of Etta James on her official website
RIP Etta James. (1938-2012)
Beyonce in “Cadillac Records” as Etta James.