Beyoncé leads tributes to the late Etta James

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  • Aretha Franklin and Pink also praise the singer, who passed away on Friday

    Beyoncé has led tributes to the legendary Etta James, who died on Friday morning aged 73 due to complications from leukemia.

    She has been keeping a low profile since giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy, but Beyoncé has taken to her website to voice her condolences for friend and inspiration, Etta James.

    ‘This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time,’ said Beyoncé, who played James in the movie Cadillac Records

    ‘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, she 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.

    ‘She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed,’ she added.


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