Aretha Franklin was disappointed that Fantasia Barrino skipped out on the 2011 Grammys.
As you know by now, Fannie was very upset to be excluded from a tribute to the Queen of Soul this year, so she opted to stay home.
“I was sorry to hear that Fantasia was upset because she did not get the opportunity to participate in my Grammy Tribute this year,” Aretha told USA Today. “I recall that in the past, Fantasia participated in both my MusicCares Person of the Year Tribute and my United Negro College Fund Tribute.”
After pointing out that Fantasia had only missed one performance, Aretha had a few words of advice for the “Doin’ Me” singer: Don’t take it personal.
“Although we all love and appreciate her she must understand that in this business of show business she will not always get to participate in everything she would like [to] participate in,” Aretha said. “I’m sure it was not an intentional omission. I will see Fantasia over the summer here in Detroit.”
While Fantasia didn’t get to be part of the tribute to Aretha, she would still have had her moment in the spotlight if she had shown up. Fantasia won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance this year for “Bittersweet.”
— Sonya Eskridge