US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were surprised by legendary singer Etta James' threats to beat up Beyonce Knowles for performing at the inaugural ball on Jan 20.
According to tmz.com, the first couple was apparently "stunned" after James said she would beat up Beyonce for performing James' song At Last during the inaugural ball.
A source said: "It never crossed anyone's mind that there was anything inappropriate about Beyonce singing that song. Worse yet, I'm sure some of the younger people involved didn't even know she is alive!"
However, James now claims she was kidding and didn't mean anything negative by those comments.
James said she felt left out of the inauguration celebrations as she wasn't asked to perform "her song". She also said she thinks she could have sung it better.