In what is certainly her most beloved ballad, singer Etta James croons "My heart was wrapped up in clover the night I looked you at you." Apparently, that love does not apply to Beyoncé Knowles , who sang James's best-known song to Michelle and Barack Obama during their much-viewed dance at the Neighborhood Ball on the night of the new president's inauguration. During a concert last week in Seattle, James had some choice words for the former Destiny's Child front woman as well as our forty-fourth president.
Cried James: "You guys know your president, right? You know the one with the big ears? Wait a minute, he ain't my president. He might be yours; he ain't my president. But I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song.... she's going to get her ass whipped. The great Beyoncé? Like I said, she ain't mine. ... I can't stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol' president day, gonna' be singing my song that I've been singing forever."
It's not as though Knowles has not showcased "At Last" before. Indeed, she introduced the song to a whole new generation in 2008's underrated film Cadillac Records and turned in a Grammy- and Oscar-worthy performance as she played the troubled young James. Speaking with Access Hollywood at the time, the actress and singer said of the R&B icon: “She’s a living legend and I want her to love the movie, and I hope she does.”
The 71-year-old performer's bitter comments were explained away (not terribly convincingly), by one of James's sons, who claimed, according to Wikipedia, that his mother has "nothing but love for both Ms. Knowles and President Obama."
If this is what James calls love, we're scared to see what hatred looks like. For Beyoncé's silky serenade at the inauguration, check out the video below.
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