Posts tagged "Etta James"

2012 Grammy Awards: 5 Best (And Worst) Moments

The 2012 Grammy Awards made us experience a rainbow of emotions during its three-and-a-half-hour telecast. Adele made us giggle with her adorable acceptance speeches, while Katy Perry‘s unflattering hair color just made us angry. We wept over Jennifer Hudson‘s moving tribute to Whitney Houston, and cried even more when Nicki Minaj began flying over the stage like a scene out of The Craft. But oh, there were so many more memorable moments from music’s biggest night. Check out the Top 5 Best and Worst of the bunch from the 54th Annual Grammy Awards below. More »

Alicia Keys And Bonnie Raitt Set For Etta James Tribute At The Grammys

The late, great Etta James, who died last month at the age of 73, will be honored with a special performance during the 2012 Grammy Awards. Though many artists have contributed stunning covers of James’ classic songs, Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt have been chosen to tribute the iconic singer during the telecast. We have no doubt Keys and Raitt will deliver a memorable performance, but we must stress the importance of avoiding to spray-tan tight before the show. More »

Flo Rida Has A “Good Feeling” On ‘Ellen’

The club can’t handle Flo Rida, but Ellen DeGeneres’ soundstage certainly can. The rapper stopped by the morning show to perform his Top 10 hit  “Good Feeling”, which takes its hook from Avicii’s “Levels”, which in turn samples the late Etta James’ 1962 song “Something’s Got a Hold On Me”. “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,” tweeted the rapper after hearing of James’ death. Celebrate Etta’s iconic voice and Flo’s flow in the performance below. More »

Christina Aguilera Tributes Etta James With “At Last” At Her Funeral

Christina Aguilera already made our list of the top 10 Etta James covers to honor her memory, but we must say, the body-confident diva has outdone herself by performing at the soulful legend’s funeral. One week after her passing, today mourners gathered to remember the late great, and of course, the most fitting tribute of all for the four-time Grammy-winning icon is a musical one — thus performances from Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder were amongst the remembrances. Catch Xtina’s heartfelt performance below. More »

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 1.22.12)

We’re but a few weeks into 2012 and the new year has already offered up love (“Glory” and baby Blue Ivy) and loss (R.I.P. Etta). How did the pop world turn this week? Take a peek at our fresh new Pop & Fizz chart, in which we’ve ranked the top artists and news stories shaping the zeitgeist this week, based on incredibly complex math and scientific methods. Where did Adam Lambert, Lil Wayne and Miley Cyrus wind up? See below. More »

Etta James’ Album Sales Spike 378% Since Her Death

It’s both inevitable and unfortunate that an artist will often see the best sales of their career after their death. Since her passing on January 20, Etta James’ music sales have risen 378% from the following week, with 30,000 albums sold.  The iconic singer also nets her highest-charting album ever with The Best of Etta James – 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection, which hit #46 on the Billboard 200 with 8,000 sold. More »

Etta James’ Public Viewing & Funeral Set For Later This Week

Soul legend Etta James’ will be laid to rest at the end of this week, following her death at age 73 on January 20. A public viewing will be held in Inglewood, California on Friday, while the Reverend Al Sharpton will eulogize the singer at a private funeral in Gardena on Saturday. A statement from Sharpton’s representative yesterday said the funeral will include performances by celebrities, but those names were not announced. “At Last” singer James, who died after a battle with leukemia and other ailments, would have celebrated her 74th birthday today.

Adele Blogs Tribute To Etta James

A slew of artists tweeted about their sadness over the passing of Etta James late last week, and “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” songstress Kelly Clarkson even performed one of the soul legend’s classics during a Radio City Musical Hall concert stop on Saturday. Now Grammy nominee Adele has spoken up — or at least typed — by labeling the James what she calls an “ultimate original” on her blog.
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Kelly Clarkson Covers Etta James At Radio City Music Hall

Many of our favorite stars shared kind, loving, and inspired words for Etta James on Twitter upon learning of her passing from complications of leukemia on Friday. But of course, the most fitting tribute is a musical one — and that’s what Kelly Clarkson delivered at her Radio City Music Hall stop on her Stronger tour last night. Die-hard American Idol fans will remember that Season One’s big winner started off by auditioning with Etta James’ “At Last.” Now, to bring it full circle, she has performed “I’d Rather Go Blind” for her New York City fans, and trust us — you would much rather see it for yourself than go blind. Watch below.
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Etta James R.I.P. — 10 Amazing Covers To Honor Her Memory

It is with a heavy heart that the music industry, and the world, says goodbye to one of the greatest female vocalists of all time today. Etta James, the legendary soul singer most famously known for her 1960 rendition of the softly swaying love song “At Last,” passed away in California on Friday (January 20) after a years-long battle with leukemia. James’ impact has reverberated through nearly six decades of pop music and will continue to influence future generations of musicians, as evidenced by the umpteen covers of her hits by artists and reality TV talent competition hopefuls alike.

For a taste of this, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite Etta James covers below. Watch Adele, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and more pay tribute to the legend after the jump. More »