January 21, 2012 01:25:54 GMT
Among those who are also reflecting on the life and legacy of the 'At Last' hitmaker are Christina Aguilera, Pink, 'Glee' star Amber Riley, and 'American Idol' executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.
Shortly after news of Etta James's passing broke out, condolences began to pour in. All kinds of celebrities from music's big names to TV stars took to Twitter and other media to remember the life and legacy of the R&B icon. Among those were singers Aretha Franklin, Beyonce Knowles and Christina Aguilera.
Paying tribute to Etta, 69-year-old Aretha has nothing but praises for the music legend. In a statement she released to the press, the "Respect" hitmaker gushed, "Etta James was one of the great soul singers of our generation. An American original! I loved 'Pushover,' 'At Last' and almost any and everything she recorded. When Etta SUNG, you heard it!"
Queen Bey, who starred as Etta in 2008's "Cadillac Records", wrote on her website that the 73-year-old's passing is "a huge loss". She continued on, "Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. 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."
"The Voice" judge and mentor Christina, in the meantime, shared her thoughts on the late "At Last" hitmaker in a statement to MTV News. "Etta James was a force to be reckoned with," she took note. "A true gift to music and a woman of great spirit and courage."
"Her raw tone and the passion she put forth on a record spoke to me at a very young age and has continued to influence and inspire me throughout my career. She will NEVER be forgotten, her voice will forever live on and she will inspire talent for generations to come."
Other singers mourning the loss of Etta on Twitter included Pink and Flo Rida. "RIP to the late and great Etta James. Your voice and your fight inspired me and many. I love that through recordings,people can live forever," Pink wrote on her account. Flo said on his, "I'm deeply saddened by the passing of the Great Etta James and I will be forever grateful for the gift she Blessed me with."
As for the other celebrities, "Glee" star Amber Riley tweeted, "RIP Etta James :( such a unique & beautiful voice." Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of "American Idol", recalled, "One of the #IDOL finalists just sang 'I'd Rather Go Blind' yesterday. We were saying how great Etta James was and now we've lost her." He noted in another tweet, "She was inspirational to many young singers."
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese wrote, "Sad to hear we've lost the great Etta James. #nowplaying All I Could Do Was Cry/ I Would Rather Go Blind," while comedienne Roseanne Barr said, "Etta James-Rest In Peace, dear lady-read her book 'A Rage to Survive' -great american feminist."