Christina Aguilera was in rare form Saturday night. The artist wore a conservative (by her standards) skirt suit and teared up as she stood on stage at an L.A.-area church while telling lots of mourners of her affection for the late Etta James.
The singer yielded a warm address about her association to the soul singer, who died at the age of 73 on January 20. Aguilera nervously explained her love for James and her music and told the crowd she’s performed “At Last” at every one of her concerts over the last 10 years. “I’ve aspired to sing like her, to be like her, to emulate her notes and her passion, and the love for what she did,” Aguilera said before bursting out into melody.
She performed a raspy, strong version of “At Last” before leaving the stage.
Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the acclaim at the funeral while Stevie Wonder also provided some emotional pleasure. He sang with the church choir and also belted out James’ hit “Shelter From the Rain” during the two-hour service.