Etta 'Just Kidding' About Beyoncé Diss

'Big-eared' prez 'might not ever like me,' James laments
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2009 9:07 AM CST
Beyonce sings to Etta James during the Conde Nast Media Group's Fifth Annual Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall last year.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Etta James was just trying to be funny when she vowed to whup Beyoncé’s ass for singing "her song" at the inauguration, the Daily News reports. “I've always had that comedian kind of attitude,” James said, insisting she only kept up the insults because her concertgoers kept laughing. James said she liked Beyoncé’s Washington performance of "At Last"—but still thinks she would have sung it better.

But what about the president, whom she mocked for having big ears? "I always thought he was handsome and cool. I still had my joke about him," James said. "That might be horrible. The president might not ever like me in life.”