Etta James' Life in Pictures

Etta James' Life in Pictures
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 17, 2011

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Etta James attending the Fifth Annual Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall in 2008 in New York City.

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Etta James performs at the 26th Annual Long Beach Blues Festival held at California State University, Long Beach in 2005.

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Etta James will always be remembered as one of the greatest entertainers of our time. In the 1950s and 1960s, she had her biggest success as a blues and R&B singer

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Etta James gladly accepts her award at the 8th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 1993.

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James displays her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony in her honor in 2003 in Hollywood, California.

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During a live performance of “At Last,” Beyonce acknowledges Etta James in the audience during the Conde Nast Media Group’s Fifth Annual Fashion Rocks in 2008.

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Etta had an influence on an entire legion of R&B singers. One of them, Alicia Keys, poses here with the singer at the 22nd Annual National Association Of Black Owned Broadcasters Awards in 2006.

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Etta was known for her brilliant smile and show-stopping vocals. Here, she performs as part of the 15th Annual Santa Cruz Blues Festival in 2007 in Aptos, California.