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This tribute to Etta James by Beyonce with an introduction by Charlize Theron was performed at the 2008 Fashion Rocks Awards. (YouTube video courtesy of Cuffmasters)
The bio below of ETTA JAMES was released by her PR representatives for public sharing:
Birthname: Jamesetta Hawkins known to the world as ETTA JAMES
Birth and Death: Jan 25 1938 – Jan 20, 2012
The great Etta James was a musical force and a major hit-maker since the 1950s, earning numerous accolades that included six Grammy Awards®, among them the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, a Best Jazz Vocal Performance, and two Hall of Fame Awards. In 1993, James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001 she was inducted into both the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame. She also is immortalized in Hollywood with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Throughout her career, James created a remarkably deep and diverse catalog of R&B, blues, soul, pop and jazz recordings. She covered all musical genres and styles and has been cited as a major influence by a wide range of singers from Janis Joplin and Irma Thomas to Christina Aguilera and Adele.