The opening act of the Grammy Awards on February 13 was an Aretha Franklin tribute, with songstresses including Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Martina McBride singing some of Franklin’s top hits. Former American Idol star Fantasia Barrino felt like she should have been included.
“Last night they were honoring someone who is my idol, Aretha Franklin, and there is no way I could have sat there and not got the happy feet and wanting to jump on the mic because she is my favorite, so I felt like, you know, at the end of the day, I should have been on that stage, so I kind of did my own little thing last night,” Fantasia told BET reporters.
Aretha’s response? Get over it!
“I was sorry to hear that Fantasia was upset because she did not get the opportunity to participate in my Grammy tribute this year. I recall that in the past, Fantasia participated in both my MusicCares Person of the Year Tribute and my United Negro College Fund Tribute,” Aretha told USA Today.
Franklin went on to say that she did not feel like she was left out on purpose. “Fantasia is still young in the business and 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. I’m sure it was not an intentional omission. I will see Fantasia over the summer here in Detroit,” Aretha said.
In case you missed it, check out the Grammy Award tribute to Aretha Franklin and tell us — do you think they should have included Fantasia?