Musicians Mourn Etta James

Slash, will.i.am, Kings of Leon, Paramore, Snoop Dogg and more pay tribute to R&B great

January 20, 2012 3:50 PM ET
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Etta James records at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
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Etta James had been ill for months before she passed away earlier today, but that didn't diminish the impact of her death on her fellow musicians. Here's a roundup of some tweets from a variety of singers, rappers, musicians and music industry luminaries mourning the loss of one of the most powerful voices in R&B.

will.i.am – @iamwill
Showing respect appreciation and love for all the wonderful music and joy #ettajames brought to the world . . . #ettajamesforever

Slash – @Slash
Deeply saddened by the loss of Etta James, a true legend in our time. RIP.

Nathan Followill – @doctorfollowill
RIP Etta James. One of the greatest voices of all time. Thanks for the many romantic moments your music created.

Hayley Williams of Paramore – @yelyahwilliams
#EttaJames, I will be forever grateful for your voice and your soul. Rest in peace.

Talib Kweli – @TalibKweli
RIP Etta James. You will be missed tremendously . . .

Flo Rida – @official_flo
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.

Questlove – @questlove
rip tp Etta James. i will hold the torch high for The Roots name in your honor.

Duff McKagan – @duffmckagan
RIP Etta James. A WARRIOR of a woman. A talent without equal.

Mystikal – @ItsMystikal
People sayin they know Etta James Bc of Beyonce. But don't realize you know Beyonce Bc of Etta James. She paved the way for so many. #RIP

Snoop Dogg – @SnoopDogg
R.I.P. Etta James instagr.am/p/i6M1P/

Peter Frampton – @peterframpton
Etta James Your voice will always be with us and what a voice it is. RIP

Russell Simmons – @UncleRUSH
our contributions to this earth are never erased . . . the spirit lives on . . . RIP Etta James >> bit.ly/xCqzvC

LeAnn Rimes – @leannrimes
RIP to the wonderfully soulful Etta James. You will always be in our heart & on our radios. What a voice, a sad loss.

Steve Winwood – @SteveWinwood
Etta James . . . You'll be missed.

iamdiddy – @iamdiddy
RIP Etta James . . . -> youtu.be/GPBGIBc3YV4

P!nk – @Pink
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

Cyndi Lauper – @shebop_aka_cyn
Omg, we lost Etta James today. May she rest in peace and thank you Etta for all the wonderful singing you left behind for us. I'll miss her

Simon Le Bon – @SimonJCLeBON
Goodbye Etta James. I for one shall miss you. Listening to At Last.

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