Soul legend Etta James is ecstatic after shedding 90 kilograms (200 pounds) following stomach-stapling surgery. The I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU singer, 68, wowed the crowd with her svelte frame as she picked up her Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters' dinner in Washington DC on Saturday (11MAR06). James says, "I was 437 pounds, but I just wanted to lose that weight so bad." Despite dropping so much weight, James admits she still eats her favourite food, declaring, "You know us fat folks ain't going to stop eating whatever we like."