Etta James said she mocked Beyonce for a few laughs

NEW YORK - Etta James said she was joking when she said she 'can't stand Beyonce' and would 'whip' the singer for performing James' hit 'At Last' at an inaugural ball for President Barack Obama.

The 71-year-old singer tells the New York Daily News she 'didn't really mean anything' by her remarks at a concert last week.

James said: 'Even as a little child, I've always had that comedian kind of attitude. ... That's probably what went into it.'

Even so, James said it stung that she wasn't asked to sing her most famous song on the historic night.

James said she liked Beyonce's version but thinks she could have done a better job. She said it's 'a shame to say that.'

Hudson to sing at party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Days after her triumphant return to the spotlight with her Super Bowl appearance, Jennifer Hudson is booked for Grammy-related events, including a party honoring music mogul Clive Davis.

The singer rehearsed for the Saturday party on Thursday night, singing her hit 'Spotlight.' Hudson and Davis embraced during the rehearsal.

Davis said Hudson specifically asked to be included in the evening, in which the Recording Academy is honoring the legendary music producer and executive.

Bale calls rant 'inexcusable'

LOS ANGELES - Christian Bale said he acted like a 'punk' and that his profane tongue-lashing on the set of 'Terminator Salvation' was inexcusable.

In Friday remarks on a Los Angeles morning radio show, Bale said he never intended to get physical with cinematographer Shane Hurlbut. He also said he was likely channeling too much of his character, John Conner.

Bale also told the 'Kevin and Bean' show on KROQ 106.7 that he and Hurlbut reconciled and worked together for another month following the tirade.