Etta James says she was only trying to get a laugh out of the crowd, when she said she would whup Beyonce’s ass.  James told the New York Daily News she meant no harm when she poked fun at the President and ripped Beyonce for performing her hit song “At Last” during the inaguration.  She kept the insults rolling because the crowd was laughing so hard.

James also said “Even as a little child, I’ve always had that comedian kind of attitude.”

Maybe she should’ve gone into comedy at age 7 instead of 71.

Here’s Etta’s version of “At Last”

Click here to see the Etta battle Beyonce video showdown.

Click here to see photo gallery of Etta vs Beyonce in Cadillac Records.

Click here to read what Etta said about whupping Beyonce’s ass.

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And for even more Beyonce, click here to see her playing Etta James in the movie.

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