Beyonce On Etta James
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Black History Month: Celebrating Inspirational Black Artists
3. Beyonce On Etta James
The music world was saddened earlier this year when it lost one of the greatest voices of all time, Etta James. Tributes from the music world poured in, including one from Beyonce - who depicted the late star on screen in the movie Cadillac Records. She wrote: "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."