Fantasia Shuns Grammy Ceremony Over Aretha Franklin Tribute

The 53rd Grammy Awards was a magical night for R&B songstress Fantasia but she sat home and watched it on TV instead of attending. After being nominated for multiple awards in the past, the “Doin Me” singer won her first Grammy Award for “Best Female Vocal Performance” for her single “Bittersweet,” but because she wasn’t asked to sing for her idol Aretha Franklin, in the special tribute, she opted to stay home.

“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 says in a phone call to BET’s 106 and Park.

Fantasia was very gracious for her first Grammy though, a feeling that dispels the curse of real singers never winning.

“It’s been a long time coming for me and I have been through a lot of things so when Brian called me (my manager accepted the award for me), I just bust out and started crying because I felt like eh man, I wasn’t gonna stop until I got one and I’m still not going to stop and you know this has just given me motivation to do my own thing so I just started crying and just thanking God that finally, eleven times nominated, finally I got one,” says Fantasia.

All in all Fantasia did enjoy the show and her favorite performances were from Rihanna. Lady Gaga and Cee-Lo Green.



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