Following Beyoncé Knowles' rendition of Ettas' song At Last at President Barack Obama's inauguration, Etta launched a scathing attack on her, saying she couldn't stand the singer and that she wanted to "ass whip" her.
Etta was voted the 62nd Greatest Rock & Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
Etta was ranked #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.
Etta was elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Etta: (on Beyoncé Knowles after she sang "At Last" for President Barack Obama) You know that woman he had singing for him, (Obama) singing my song - she's going to get her a*s whipped. The great Beyoncé. I can't stand Beyoncé! She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol' President day, singing my song that I've been singing forever.
Etta: You can't fake this music. You might be a great singer or a great musician but, that's got nothing to do with it. It's how you connect to the songs and to the history behind them.
Etta: Most of the songs I sing have that blues feeling in it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don't know what I'm sorry about. I just don't.
Etta: When I'm on the stage I'm not really Etta James, you know? I'm Jamesetta, and I'm just doing what I really, really love to do.
Etta: My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it. I'd like to think I am able to do that.
Etta: James Brown and I, we've always been tight from back in the day. We did a tour once, me, James and Jackie Wilson.