In a post on her blog, Beyonce shared her respect for the late Etta James and the impact and talent of the soul singer. Beyonce famously portrayed James in the 2008 film Cadillac Records, and reminded her fans exactly why James was so rightfully revered.
"This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time," she penned on her blog. "I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. 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."