*While Christina Aguilera was belting out Etta James’ signature song “At Last” at her funeral on Saturday – a moment captured live on CNN – the blogosphere was lighting up with inquiries about the substance that appeared to be running down her leg.
While Twitter and gossip websites joked about what the dark liquid could possibly be, the official word is that her spray-on tan was actually dripping down her right leg.
The 31-year-old judge on NBC’s “The Voice” wore a black skirt suit and appeared unfazed by the accident, perhaps because she was in the moment of paying respect to her music idol, James, who passed away on January 20th at age 73.
Singer Kelly Clarkson performs at Radio City Music Hall on Jan. 21, 2012 in New York City.
*Kelly Clarkson gave props to the late Etta James with a song during her Radio City Music Hall gig in New York.
In honor of the vocal legend who died Friday at the age of 73, Clarkson told the audience that she would perform her favorite Etta James’ song, which is “I’d Rather Go Blind.” “So this is for Etta,” she said before beginning the song. [Scroll down to watch.]
The “American Idol’ winner, who will perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, then sang her rendition of the tune, which was first recorded by James in 1968.
Clarkson sang James’ signature song, “At Last,” during her audition in Dallas for the very first season of “Idol’ in front of judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
Etta James died on Friday, January 20, at Riverside Community Hospital from complications from leukemia.
*Legendary vocalist Etta James has been hospitalized for a serious infection that appeared to develop while she was being treated for substance abuse, her son told the Associated Press.
Donto James says his famous mom, 72, checked into Riverside Community Hospital about a week ago and is now on the mend from sepsis caused by a urinary tract infection.
He says James, who lives in Woodcrest, Calif., entered a drug treatment program about a month ago to shake a dependency on painkillers and over-the-counter medicine. She was transferred to another facility and then the hospital when her physical condition worsened.
James, who sang everything from blues to jazz, is best known for the hit “At Last.”