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At last — an end to Etta James vs. Beyonce?

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Etta JamesSoul queen Etta James is pulling back on her jab at pop star Beyonce, over the version of the longtime James hit song “At Last” that Beyonce performed at an inaugural ball for President Barack Obama.

James told the New York Daily News that when she advised an audience in Seattle on Jan. 28 that she cannot “stand” Beyonce for singing her song, she “didn’t really mean anything.”

“Even as a little child, I’ve always had that comedian kind of attitude,” she told the newspaper, which posted the comments on its Web site late Thursday.

A representative for Beyonce was not available to comment.

Celebrity Web site TMZ.com this week posted a recording of James “the comedian” ripping into Beyonce. The crowd roared with laughter as James said Beyonce was going to “get her ass whipped” for singing her song. But James, 71, appeared to be in a joking mood, at one point remarking on Obama’s “big ears” and telling the audience that Beyonce “ain’t mine, and you ain’t mine.” Then she backtracked and told the crowd, “I mean I made a mistake, you are mine.”beyonce  

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