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Aretha on Fantasia: ‘She Will Not Always Get to Participate in Everything’

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Aretha on Fantasia: ‘She Will Not Always Get to Participate in Everything’

Following her boycott of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, Fantasia voiced her disappointment after not being chosen to participate in the tribute for her Idol Aretha Franklin.

“I’m going to be very honest with you. You know I wasn’t at the Grammys last night, I’m kind of going through my own little thing…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 tells BET’s 106 and Park.

Hearing of Fantasia’s displeasure, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin apologized for Fantasia not being selected for the tribute but says she needs to understand show business.

“I was sorry to hear that Fantasia was upset because she did not get the opportunity to participate in my GRAMMY Tribute this year,” Franklin tells 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. 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.”

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