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Fantasia Boycotted The 2011 Grammys Because Of Aretha Franklin Tribute Snub

Fantasia's experience with the 53rd Grammy Awards was "Bittersweet."  Although she won her first Grammy ever, Fanny says she didn't show up to the award show because she felt snubbed when she wasn't asked to be a part of the Aretha Franklin tribute.  Hear what she said when she called into "106 & Park" this week to discuss it...

 

Fantasia may have won her first Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Bittersweet" on Sunday, but her heart wouldn't let her attend the awards show.

Fanny says she felt overlooked when she wasn't asked to participate in Aretha Franklin's tribute.

She recently called into "106 & Park" to talk about her absence from the show and how she felt while watching the tribute:

“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.

I watched Cee-lo's performance, I love Cee lo, love Gaga, watched Gaga, and I love Rihanna's performance, but I kind of cooked and did my own thing last night and was in my own world and was hoping that I won.


I have this feeling, like every year I go, I feel like they always look over some of the good singers that are still around. I’m not trying to be funny, but that’s just the way I felt.”

 

So Fanny did her own tribute to 'Retha while cooking?  She also said she was "going through some things."  Whatever eases your nerves boo. 

Listen to the audio here:

Do you agree with Fanny?

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Fantasia is a beast on the

Fantasia is a beast on the mic. She can out sing all of those chics who were apart of the tribute. That tribute was terrible. I was in pain watching it and wondering where Fantasia was to say the show. Sucks for the grammy people because if they had put Tasia on that tribute would have rocked the house!
Anonymous's picture

NIGGER

NIGGER
Anonymous's picture

GREATEST COMMENT EVERR

GREATEST COMMENT EVERR
whiteboy's picture

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................................................................................................................................................ I don't like to be cynical, but what makes Fantasia think that she should have been asked to be a part of Aretha's tribute. I mean she's not all that. She hops and bounces around onstage with her high pitch screaming voice. That's not appropriate for honoring Aretha Franklin. In fact, artists of Aretha's era should have been doing the tribute to Aretha, like Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick. etc. They all came up in the music industry together. Some of those ladies that were paying tribute to Aretha weren't even born when Aretha sang those songs. I'm sure that Aretha appreciated the tribute, but I'm sure she would have appreciated it even more if artists of her era had done the tribute to her.
Anonymous's picture

stop hating..

stop hating..
Anonymous's picture

I feel for her - I saw her in

I feel for her - I saw her in the audience at an Aretha concert just last year and 'Retha was all bout Fanny.
DC Chica's picture

Fantasia did a terrible job

Fantasia did a terrible job at the Chaka Khan tribute. She yells and makes a fool of herself everytime to where you can't understand what she is saying. They had the best people there to represent for the Grammy's and to give Aretha praise. Jenny and Yolanda with Christina, enough said.
Anonymous's picture

To all the haters, straight

To all the haters, straight IG-NANT folk and ones that simply don't know: First of all the categories in which Fantasia were nominated, were NOT scheduled to be televised!! So even if she DID show up your ignorant a$$ would have never seen her. Secondly it wasn't like she was highly favored to win, so again her presence or absence would have gone unnoticed with the potential lost. Thirdly the grammys is a bunch a shim sham politicking popularity contest in MANY regards! The fact that Alicia Key's album was shut out from grammy nominations is proof of that! So to all the people that feels fantasia should watch her mouth around the grammys..i say F&%$ a grammy! When God has made you as bad as fantasia, trust me they will come a time when the grammys will need and want Tasia more then she wants it..BELIEVE THAT. Lastly, to all you late bunnies sleeping on Fantasia stage presence...in the words of Nasir "Burner at the side of your dome, come outta my throne" NEGRO PLEASE! You don't have two legends {Aretha & Patti} claiming you as their heir based upon bunch of screaming and hollering on stage. Fantasia as a live act murders any RnB diva in past 25yrs! With the stage presence of Patti, Signature sound like Tina, Squal of James brown, soul of Aretha and the ability to touch hearts like a preacher, trick you on stage with fantasia..and I wouldn't want to be yah! It would have done aretha's heart wonders to see Fantasia perform for her. And if it was up to her, tasia would have been her first pick.
Anonymous's picture

Your announcement could not

Your announcement could not have be said any better, I totally agree Tasia is the best. Since Tasia hit front and center after American Idol she hurt' em everytime. It's many out there labeled as RnB performers, none like Tasia, she's a master piece. Thank you for being such a great supporter, Keep doing you Tasia!!
Anonymous's picture

PREACH ANONYMOUS PREACH..YOU

PREACH ANONYMOUS PREACH..YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON ALL COUNTS.
FED-UP's picture

Agree with funny.... And what

Agree with funny.... And what does it means by going through some things ?? How To Seduce a Man
Laura's picture

NONE OF YALL DAMN BUSINESS.

NONE OF YALL DAMN BUSINESS.
Anonymous's picture

I like Tasia, but you can't

I like Tasia, but you can't do the GOSPEL SQUAWL on every damn song! Those people didnt want to hear that and see her run around the stage like a coon with no shoes on.
Anonymous's picture

HEEYY JUST SHUT DA FUNK

HEEYY JUST SHUT DA FUNK UP.WHAT SHE DOES ON STAGE IS SHOWMANSHIP DUH.
FED-UP's picture

Oh Ig-nant one, she doesn't

Oh Ig-nant one, she doesn't do that on every performance! And running around on stage is why her performances are remembered and the the talk of the town while every other RnB chick is distant and forgotten. And the head line read after her UNCF aretha tribute "'Idol 3' winner Fantasia Barrino wows 'em at Aretha Franklin ..."
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SPIT DA KNOWLEDGE SPIT AND

SPIT DA KNOWLEDGE SPIT AND Y'ALL HATERS TAKE NOTES.
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Congregations Fantasia on

Congregations Fantasia on your winning your Grammy, you earned it. I love you Fantasia because you can seriously sing; you make people feel what you are singing about. But having said that, Fantasia hears is some good advice. Never Cut Your Nose Off to spite Your Face, in other words this was your time to shine. To wear your best dress with your best hairdo and go to the Grammies because it was you who was also being honored for a well earned Grammy. You lost focus of that fact and got angry and stayed at home missing your chance to be honored with all the benefits that went that honor. Like being on different shows, making commercials, and more. If your manager was on top of his job he would have reminded you of that fact and made sure you showed up with your A game. Your manager needs to be fired because he is not manageing your career properly and given you proper advise that will boost your career. You need some people around you that have your back and be real with you so poor choices and decisions can stop allowing you to be the great star you are meant to be. To sing in honor of Ms. Aretha Franklin would have been wonderful, but not as wonderful as being honored yourself. Remember just because the door was closed on singing in honor of Ms. Franklin doesn't mean your chance to sing for her is over. Because when one door close, God will always open up a bigger and better door, but you must stay Focus and be more wiser in your decisions.
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Can someone please hit

Can someone please hit Fantasia with a B!tch please...sorry hun but your vocals are not right for any of Aretha's songs, maybe Patti because she screams a lot but not Aretha. Try again hun.
Terry's picture

I support Tasia's decision

I support Tasia's decision 100%. Congrats to Tasia on winning her first Grammy. Wish her many more!
Big Lips Nappy Hair Tar Baby aka Coal Black African's picture

SMH Fantasia shouldve

SMH Fantasia shouldve attended and sucked it up and acted like it didnt even bother her. Dont go around sulking, thats gonna keep you out of the running for the next tribute. Sometimes you cant let everybody know how youre feeling or thinking...
EverybodyPanic's picture

Don't NOBODY owe this Tacky,

Don't NOBODY owe this Tacky, Tatted up Disgrace anything...Yet along a slot at a tribute to Aretha. So what Aretha is her Idol?? She is many artists Idol. Fantasia is an embarrassment to herself and will never rise to the ranks of Aretha because of the way she carries herself. They chose women who have proven themselves in their respective genres to represent how universal Aretha's music is. Instead of some of y'all appreciating that, you want to whine about how your Ghetto Idol didn't get a chance to get onstage and kick her shoes off all while prancing around on stage hunched over and screaming..NO THANK YOU! Fantasia stay in your lane...Doing a tribute on The BET Awards and The Grammy's are 2 different things.
Puttintang's picture

wow watch yo mouth bitch that

wow watch yo mouth bitch that my blood you speaking about shut you broke and tired gums real talk!!!!
Anonymous's picture

I hear you - Does Fantasia

I hear you - Does Fantasia really think that Aretha would boycott the Grammy awards for her? She won a Grammy but didn't attend because she was upset that she wasn't asked to sing a trubute - THEY DIDN'T WANT YOUR COUNTRY BEHIND SCREAMING AND SWEATING ALL OVER THE STAGE!!! Serioiusly - somebody really should slap you with a "B**** please!"
Che's picture

is this some kind of sick

is this some kind of sick joke???? Fantasia can't be serious...is this the Fantasia who tried 2 commit suicide right b4 her album came out? Is this the same Fantasia who was messing with a married man that worked @ the cell phone store??? Is this same Fantasia who kicks her shoes off when she is on stage???.....she has the nerve 2 be upset cause they didn't invite her 2 sing 2 Aretha? Fanny come back 2 reality, do u really think that Aretha would have boycotted something 4 you??? U damn fool....smh I lost respect 4 u when u tried 2 kill yourself over a man(somebody else man @ that) but now I can add stupid ass bitch 2 the list
Anonymous's picture

You got a lot of nerve. SHUT

You got a lot of nerve. SHUT UP!
Anonymous's picture

You got a lot of nerve. SHUT

You got a lot of nerve. SHUT UP!
Anonymous's picture

Seriously is this Heffa

Seriously is this Heffa serious? Niggers are always complaining about something. This trick is nothing but a big lipped, lazy Aunt Jemima copycay.
Impeach Nobama's picture

Please! Tasia lips are

Please! Tasia lips are gorgeous! Folks are like pornstar Kim k. are injecting her lips to look like Tasia. FYI Aunt Jemima looks good!
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is this some kind of sick

is this some kind of sick joke???? Fantasia can't be serious...is this the Fantasia who tried 2 commit suicide right b4 her album came out? Is this the same Fantasia who was messing with a married man that worked @ the cell phone store??? Is this same Fantasia who kicks her shoes off when she is on stage???.....she has the nerve 2 be upset cause they didn't invite her 2 sing 2 Aretha? Fanny come back 2 reality, do u really think that Aretha would have boycotted something 4 you??? U damn fool....smh I lost respect 4 u when u tried 2 kill yourself over a man(somebody else man @ that) but now I can add stupid ass bitch 2 the list
Anonymous's picture

The Grammys were wrong for

The Grammys were wrong for not including Tasia in the tribute! She was right to stay away! Good for her1
Nappy hair Tar Baby aka Coal Black African's picture

It's not about

It's not about her!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Her reasoning was stupid's picture

Certainly (by reading the

Certainly (by reading the previous posts) EVERYONE believes they are entitled to their own opinion. So ifyou can have one (opinion) than why can't Fantasia. It's her issue, her career, her stand, her fight. Love it or hate it BUT don't demean someone when they are going thru. her suicide attempt has NOTHING to do with this event. So easy for you to tap your fingers on some keys and talk about people...clean out your own closets before trying to clean out someone else crap! Fantasia congrat's on winning the grammy...if they ain't talking about you, you're not doing something right! Only God and you can control what happens in your future!
BriNkosimom's picture

People are talking about her

People are talking about her because she cried like aa big baby not because she doing somthiing right. She put heself out there and she looks stupid and petty.
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Anonymous's picture

That is so immature! Bitch u

That is so immature! Bitch u just won a grammy and wasnt even there to accept it because they didn't ask you to sing for Aretha's tribute? At the end of the day you missed out and didn't even get to give a speech for your first Grammy. Not everyone is blessed to receive a Grammy and she on 106 and Park sounding all sour. Give praise to God and move on. She missed out because she thinks she's "so important" now. Don't let it go to your head honey.
Anonymous's picture

And yes a Aretha Patti,Chaka

And yes a Aretha Patti,Chaka tribute is not a tribute without FANTASIA! nuff said!
Aishia1's picture

Seek help Fanny!! You

Seek help Fanny!! You obviously have some major issues! Its obsurd to NOT go to the Grammys unless you are injured or gravely sick!! YOu ARE sick..in the head!! STOP it!! You are making a mockery of yourself after last year making a mockery of yourself(married man, suicide attempt!!) Get it together!! You are too talented to let stupidity derail your career!! YOUR FANS ARE WATCHING!!(and critics are too!!)
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Im so glad that she won i

Im so glad that she won i dont blame her for not going they always play fantasia the grammys is nothing but a popularity contest the real artist like india arie fantasia rachelle ferrelle ect get over look i wouldnt wanna go every year and get my face cracked either anyway so i am glad that tasia did win because that open more doors to her so fantasia do ya thang mama i know she dont read this kinda stuff but she has my full support love u mama #teamtasia all day!!!
Aishia1's picture

Fantasia is right the good

Fantasia is right the good singers always get overlooked, however the good side if her situation is that she was one of the good ones that got a chance on American Idol. She should just take the good with the bad and be glad that people still suport her despite all of the bad media attention that she has gotten over the past few years. It is a honor to be invited to the Grammys.
Anonymous's picture

I have Tasia's new album and

I have Tasia's new album and it's fiyah! She should have been a part of the Aretha tribute!! Believe that!
Nappy hair Tar Baby aka Coal Black African 's picture

Fantasia...Love you, but

Fantasia...Love you, but right now you suck! You didn't go to the Grammy's because of your personal feelings??? We supposrt and buy your albums. No Fans, No grammy nod!!!! You could have been there to publicly Thank your FANS!
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Tasia needs to learn to not

Tasia needs to learn to not come out screaming at the top of her lungsfrom the beginning- but rather start low and work your way up. Stop going for the applause right away and I still love Fantasia-- but it is what it is.
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Y WOULD FANNY GET ON THE

Y WOULD FANNY GET ON THE PHONE ND START TALKIN BOUT OTHER ISH. THEY DIDNT ASK U HOW U FELT THEY ASKD U WHT WAS UR BEST PREFORMACE ND SHE GONNA START BAD MOUTHING THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE PICKED 2 SING BECAUSE ARETHA FRANKLIN IS HER IDOL. DUH SHES EVERYBODYS IDOL.
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Y WOULD FANNY GET ON THE

Y WOULD FANNY GET ON THE PHONE ND START TALKIN BOUT OTHER ISH. THEY DIDNT ASK U HOW U FELT THEY ASKD U WHT WAS UR BEST PREFORMACE ND SHE GONNA START BAD MOUTHING THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE PICKED 2 SING BECAUSE ARETHA FRANKLIN IS HER IDOL. DUH SHES EVERYBODYS IDOL.
KELLZ's picture

Y WOULD FANNY GET ON THE

Y WOULD FANNY GET ON THE PHONE ND START TALKIN BOUT OTHER ISH. THEY DIDNT ASK U HOW U FELT THEY ASKD U WHT WAS UR BEST PREFORMACE ND SHE GONNA START BAD MOUTHING THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE PICKED 2 SING BECAUSE ARETHA FRANKLIN IS HER IDOL. DUH SHES EVERYBODYS IDOL.
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Y WOULD FANNY GET ON THE

Y WOULD FANNY GET ON THE PHONE ND START TALKIN BOUT OTHER ISH. THEY DIDNT ASK U HOW U FELT THEY ASKD U WHT WAS UR BEST PREFORMACE ND SHE GONNA START BAD MOUTHING THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE PICKED 2 SING BECAUSE ARETHA FRANKLIN IS HER IDOL. DUH SHES EVERYBODYS IDOL.
KELLZ's picture

Fantasia, to sum this up and

Fantasia, to sum this up and I wish someone would reprint this in a newspaper or magazine or send this in an email so that she personally gets this. I am a fan of yours however not attending the Grammys was not a smart move on your part. As a fan, if we take the time to nominate you for a category and you are able to attend no matter what your feelings are you should attend. You cannot get the feeling of winning the award for the first time and no matter what you say it is something that a singer/performer hopes to have one day. My personal belief is that some of the people chosen for the Aretha tribute were not the best but neither would have been Fantasia if she would have been singing OVER everyone. I felt is was disrespectful to the singers who did contribute to call in and say why you didn't come...No one asked and that information could have been kept personal and private. You were not the only NOT asked to sing and/or didn't show up for a specific reason. If you want to live some kind of Drama Free life stop opening and giving the world your key to the door!
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