Christina Aguilera performs at the funeral of singer Etta James in the City Of Refuge Church on January 28, 2012 in Gardena, California. (Getty Images)more pics » Christina Aguilera (Getty Images) Christina Aguilera was in rare form Saturday night. The singer wore a conservative (by her standards) skirt suit and teared up as she stood on stage at an L.A.-area church while telling hundreds of mourners of her admiration for the late Etta James.
The blonde delivered a heartfelt speech about her connection to the soul singer, who passed away 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 single 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 breaking out into song.
She performed a raspy, powerful version of "At Last" before leaving the stage.
Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy at the funeral while Stevie Wonder also provided some emotional entertainment. He sang with the church choir and also belted out James' hit "Shelter From the Rain" during the two-hour service.
See Christina Aguilera's powerful performance here: