Fantasia Boycotted Grammys For Aretha Franklin Tribute Snub

When Fantasia’s manager, Brian Dickens, accepted her Grammy Sunday afternoon for Best Female R&B Performance for her single “Bittersweet”, he said the Season 3 winner was off shooting her new film project, a Mahalia Jackson bio pic.

As it turns out, Fantasia told BET’s 103 & Park yesterday that she decided to stay home, miffed that she wasn’t asked to participate in the night’s opening Aretha Franklin tribute

“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.

The tribute featured Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Florence Welch, and what I imagine was most galling to Fantasia–Jennifer Hudson, her diva rival from Season 3.

Fantasia added, “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 and I’m not trying to be funny but that’s just the way I felt.”

I wonder if Fantasia was equally put off when Oprah Winfrey chose Jennifer Hudson to honor her with a performance from The Color Purple at the Kennedy Center last year?  After all, it was Fantasia who Oprah hand-picked to play Celie on Broadway. Could all of those missed (over 50 reportedly) performances during her run, and the recent nastiness with a married lover be putting folks off on Fantasia?

It’s too bad she couldn’t swallow her pride and show up. A singer’s first Grammy is a pretty big deal

  • sr4mjc

    She should have stuck with the story that was said when she got the award, that she was rehearsing for the movie. This is really petty stuff Fanny.

  • Elliegrll

    Even though I love Fantasia, I’m sure that her public image, and how she carries herself, both physically and professionally, is keeping her from doing certain things. For example, it may have put a halt to the plans of casting her in the lead of the film version of the Color Purple musical, and she had always been the first name thrown out to play Aretha Franklin in a movie about her life. But, showing up for the Grammy’s and getting press for her win, could have been a first step in repairing that image. It’s amazing to look at the different paths that she and Jennifer Hudson have taken. Jennifer has undergone a total change since AI, while Fantasia has regressed. She’s still talented, but she’s not fully capitalizing off of that talent.

  • Chicagolaw

    If she’s not careful, her apparently massive ego is going to sabatoge her career.

  • tinawina

    Wow. Not a good look at all. I appreciate the whole “I want to be honest and keep it real” thing she has going, but she should have just stuck to the original story. This is just petty, and now it looks like she’s jealous of Jennifer Hudson.

  • emmuzka

    That’s very self-centered thinking. She felt so bad about her not being on stage, singing a tribute, that she skipped accepting a Grammy? If she is such an Aretha Franklin, fan, why couldn’t she drop the self-centered thinking just for a moment and enjoy it for Aretha?

    She should have kept her mouth shut and not make her absence a statement, but at least she was honest.

  • Mel1

    Wow. I never commented on her personal life, but this takes the cake. I don’t think Fantasia is endearing herself to the Grammy show committee with this stunt. OK, she finally got her Grammy, and she probably deserved it. Will she get another one after this attitude of hers? Maybe, but would I root for her? Probably not now.

  • Mel1

    I’m remembering now that she auditioned for the Dream Girls movie and obviously didn’t get picked.

  • Niall

    What a big baby. She plays the victim in her professional life just like she has in her personal life. The Aretha Franklin tribute was about Aretha, not you.

    Grow up Fantasia, your daughter will soon lap you in the emotional maturity department.

  • Keel

    Wait, something’s wrong here. Where is the inevitable “Skank!!” post? Bueller? (You know it’s coming.)

    Anyway, I feel somewhat sorry for her to be at her age, with a kid of her own, and still be that petty and self-absorbed. Wow.

  • stwbcross

    Funny that while I was watching the Aretha tribute performance, I was actually thinking that it was too bad that Fantasia wasn’t asked to perform. Those ladies are all wonderful in their own right but they didn’t mesh well together. It was a good performance, but a different mix of performers could have made it a great one.

  • Trina

    Well to be honest and I’m sure this is a minority opinion but I’m getting sick of JHudson. I think she’s talented but I’m just sick of her and her part in the tribute only made it worse… However Fantasia needs to STFU and learn to be more humble. What a tacky thing to say.

  • Mtlfan

    To be invited to collaborate to a tribute is not a right but a priviledge. She needs to deflate her ego and starts being happy for others and willing to be present and cheering for the gigs they get.
    eta: This is even more petty that she was nominated and WON a grammy!

  • MrDuffin

    Fantasia was not invited to sing because they did not want trash on the stage. And I’m sick of JHudson too…because of the WW commercial.

  • Mel1

    I didn’t know Fantasia missed over 50 performances on Broadway. That is really a lot, and not at all professional of her.

    Gee, all the excitement for her Grammy win is diminishing.

  • Buffynut

    Wow! Ego much? I guess she misses the concept that the Aretha tribute was about Aretha and not her.

  • bmms

    What a disgusting attitude! She needs to get off her high horse and have the common sense to shut up and be modest for once! I did not expect this ridiculous childish behavior from her. There is no excuse and its utter nonsense either from a new singer (as she) or a ‘Diva’ whom has been a music artist for years or decades to complain about stupidity.

  • bridgette12

    stwbcross:
    02/15/2011 at 4:06 pm
    When watching the Aretha tribute performance, I was actually thinking that it was too bad that Fantasia wasn’t asked to perform. Those ladies are all wonderful in their own right but they didn’t mesh well together. It was a good performance, but a different mix of performers could have made it a great one.

    Double wow, she needs to realize sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth shut, then to open it and prove to the world that you are a narcissistic, self absorbed immature girl. If she don’t realize why she wasn’t asked, then she needs a big reality check. I am a Fantasia fan, who bought her latest album, but she needs to just show one ounce of class and simply think before she does or say something.Truthfully I would have rather seen Fantasia up there instead of McBride, Florence or Yolanda Adams. But she wasn’t asked and she needs to deal with it maturely. She’s an idiot for missing out on the chance to get her first Grammy handed to her.

  • girlygirl

    wow — how self-centered can you be? That tribute was about Aretha — not about the women up on stage singing.

    And did Fantasia or her manager even reach out to the Grammy producers about being interested in taking part in the tribute? You can’t always wait for the producers to reach out to you.

  • CanadianFan

    Emotional intelligence is as important to success as talent. Somehow Fantasia needs to grow up. Why she would go public with this is beyond comprehension. Complain to your friends and get it out of your system.

  • Montavilla

    Not to condone her behavior, but when I was watching the tribute, I was thinking that Fantasy would have been great in it. On the other hand, she would have blown half of the singers off the stage.

    Actually, it would have really great if it had just been Fantasy, Jennifer, and Yolanda.

  • jpfan

    Too bad she didn’t show. She would have gotten some PR attending Clive’s party and the show itself. Plus more PR when she won a Grammy.

    So that was a mistake on her part. OTOH she would have been awesome in the Aretha tribute so she has a point. She needed to be there instead of Martina McBride and/or Florence even though both are great singers.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    that’s insanely bitchy

  • lollypop12

    Hmm, I’m not a fan of JHud’s singing but she comes off much more humble than Fanny. Fanny is having jealousy ruin her life.

  • glambotgram

    I think she is trying to out diva the Diva Aretha. Remember this?

    http://www.mylifetime.com/lifestyle/entertainment/aretha-franklin-criticizes-beyonc-grammy-snub

  • tinawina

    So that was a mistake on her part. OTOH she would have been awesome in the Aretha tribute so she has a point. She needed to be there instead of Martina McBride and/or Florence even though both are great singers.

    She sure would have been awesome. That kind of thing was right up her alley. I think Florence was really good though.. I could have gone with her replacing Martina, but I get they wanted a country singer.

    Still, I agree she should have sucked it up and gone, or is she was going to stay home, STFU about why. Knucklehead.

  • sma11ie

    She needed to be there instead of Martina McBride and/or Florence even though both are great singers.

    But I think they were trying to show how diverse Aretha’s influence is by including an indie rocker and a country diva. Fantasia plus JHud would’ve been two current R&B artists.

    This is just petty, and now it looks like she’s jealous of Jennifer Hudson.

    Yeah. And I understand Fantasia’s successful in R&B, but to the casual public, Jennifer’s a much bigger/more recognizable name right now. I can totally understand why they’d ask Jennifer over her.

  • AllenTX

    LOL I think she’s pissed that JHud replaced her as Clive Davis’ shiny new pet. Fascinating.

  • jpfan

    JHud is a much bigger star of course. Winning an Oscar will do that.
    I think she and Fantasia are pals so I think she wanted to be up there WITH JHud not instead of her.

  • Marie23

    I for one am glad she wasn’t up there, I know that a lot of people adore her here, but I can’t stand her, way she sounds, or how she presents herself. IMO she probably would have been a shouty, crying mess, and would have been harder to understand than Christina.

    But even though I can’t stand her singing etc. it’ll be good if she can get control of her life, of how she presents herself to her peers as well as to the public, so she can get opportunities such as these…

  • BootStar

    Fanny is probably just taking a cue from Whoopi Goldberg, who apparently feels that she was insulted by the New York Times!

    Whoopi Goldberg slams New York Times for Oscar ‘snub’

    And she didn’t care for their lack of apology either!

    Whoopi Goldberg responds to ‘NYT’ rebuttal statement

    Fanny seems to be perfecting the art of “all press is good press,” so why not go public with her hurt feelings?

  • CSFan

    It’s unfortunate Fantasia preferred to pout at home than attend. She won her first Grammy but all people will remember are her selfish, self-serving remarks. She should have shown up and cheered the loudest during the Aretha tribute. That would have been the classy thing to do. Aretha isn’t her personal property and she’s not the only performer who idolizes her.

  • bigd13

    I’m remembering now that she auditioned for the Dream Girls movie and obviously didn’t get picked.

    I forgot about that, Fantasia also auditioned for Dreamgirls but tha part ended up going to Jennifer Hudson. Her and Fantasia always seems to be up for the same things but it always goes to Jennifer. You know as someone else said, her style, image, and all the negative press she’s gotten lately may be taken into account as to why she’s never asked to do certain things. They always ask Jennifer to do everything, she has been everywhere. I believe Jennifer and her are friends but I know it may sting a little that Jennifer has clearly become a bigger star than her.

  • karenc

    If she didn’t go to the grammys when she was up for an award, especially for that reason, she’s only hurting herself. And it isn’t her place to decide who should have been at the tribute or not. She’s not that big of a star yet, and even if she was, it wasn’t up to her.

    And she can feel the way she wants, but it wasn’t a good idea to talk about it publically.

  • Fergie

    Never cared for Fantasia’s voice but I’ve known more than a few girls like her and rooted for her success. She proves time and time again that money and success don’t result in maturity and class. She needs someone out of her inner circle/payroll to get real with her.
    PR statement about how she was misquoted should be coming in 3..2..1

  • abbysee

    Oh girl I really love you, but damn. You received your first Grammy and you freaking stayed home and pouted? Yep, they should have had you on that stage, but you know why they didn’t. Sometimes it’s good just to be politically correct. Usually I think not, but this time, hell yeah! You did some stupid shit, you are gonna have to work your way out. SMH!

  • lrt

    I thought that tribute was a major screech fest – not to my taste at all. Fantasia, much as I can’t stand her voice, would have fit right in.

    Martina and Florence sounded the best on their solos to me.

  • Dlynne

    Jennifer Hudson is a class act and Fantasia is not. Fantasia needs to grow up.

  • Nina1

    Fantasia, hon. You need to keep some things to yourself. Bad form.

  • SashaB

    Given all this, I bet Tasia was probably livid when she saw the new AI intro w/Jhud so prominently featured w/the other winners. Heh.

    As for Sunday, she still could have attended the non-televised presentation and picked up her award. And she could have come in later for the televised segment — and avoided seeing JHud.

    eta: Did not know Fantasia had auditioned for Dream Girls. Did Tasia fans get angry when JHud got the part? Were they upset (then) because the AI winner should’ve gotten it over the Finalist? Heh The more things change, the more things stay the same.

  • phil25

    Aren’t Fantasia and Jennifer good friends? They certainly were on AI. I think any argument that she’s angry with or jealous of Jennifer is mere speculation.

  • JOJOSIE

    I feel bad for Fanny but wish she’d mature a little. I’m tired of Jennifer. She was not a favorite of many on her season of Idol, not due to lack of talent, but because she had this better than you attitude and didn’t take criticism very well. Her Oscar and family tragedy have help her image, IMO. I guess the way to sucess is to lie and never let your real feelings show. Fame seem to be a game. Fannie needs to learn how to play.

  • Duke

    i think she would be more pissed about Florence getting the gig over her because i mean, let be serious, fantasia could probably sing aretha-circles around her. having said that, these celebs need to keep their mouths shut sometimes- no one likes supporting a cocky artist

  • Renee in CA

    Dang, Fantasia, this business is about relationships, and you decided to flip-off the Grammy folks? Well, that’s a problem.

    Jennifer Hudson has been a class act – with the murders of her family members, she has risen amazingly above it all, and has gotten rewarded not just for her singing, but her life as a symbol of overcoming evil.

    Fantasia unfortunately continues to make unfortunate life choices, and they have affected her career negatively, despite her talent.

  • kcostell

    Fantasia should have shown a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

  • tripp_ncwy

    What does Fantasia need a manager for if she is going to go behind him and destroy any good will or sympathy he has generated for her. Once again, she had found a way to embarass herself when she should be celebrating her Grammy win.

  • koshka

    How can she honor someone else when she doesn’t live her own life with honor?

  • CindyM

    I guess the way to sucess is to lie and never let your real feelings show.

    Please no. The world doesn’t need more robots, we have enough already.

  • singer man

    fantasia was in the right,and i would ‘ve done the same to be honest

    at the end of the day,it’s all about you,where does humility get you nowhere,that’s where,if you got the talent, this is how you should act

    nice guys finish last,and at the end of the day,it is all about you

    keep that nose up tasia,

  • Niall

    Fanny put this story out there, probably anticipating sympathy (because that seems to always work for her). Instead it just comes across as childish to secure the Mahalia Jackson role and win a Grammy, but spend one of her first interviews complaining about what she didn’t get. I’ve given up on the idea she’s ever going to grow up.

  • samgamgee

    Although I’m a huge fan of Fantasia, I hate how she’s so self-absorbed at times. They didn’t even ask Kelly Clarkson who, in my humble opinion, sang Aretha best.

  • CindyM

    I’m sad that Fantasia chose to miss the ceremony to receive her first grammy. I’m happy that she won the grammy, love her voice and her songs. That album is wonderful.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Really? There are other artists out there whining that they didn’t attend the Grammys because they didn’t get an invite to perform and had their management lie about why they did not attend? Who?

  • RockiDreams

    Couldn’t stand her way back when, can’t stand her now but winning a grammy should be an honor. But no, she has a snit fit and is a no show? Does she really think they give a rat’s patootie about who the hell is her favorite singer or that she wasn’t there. Really?

  • Buffynut

    All she did was say that she wanted to be in on a tribute to her hero. It’s not like she criticized her fellow artists like others have done.

    No, she did more than say she wished she had been a part of the tribute. That would have actually been a nice thing and an understandable thing to say. She said she boycotted the Grammy show because she wasn’t part of the tribute. That’s much different than expressing an honest opinion. That is acting like a spoiled, egotistical brat.

  • bjames

    Sorry, but that is ridiculous. I can’t believe she’s complaining about something like that instead of celebrating the fact she won her first Grammy. C’mon.

  • bridgette12

    Sorry MJ!

  • BeachBum

    Like I’ve said all along… There is only one word that can be accurately applied to Fantasia… SKANK!! I wish her nothing but the worst!! ROCK ON FANNY!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    LOL! I was waiting for someone to post that!

    It’s too bad that an occasion that should be celebrated has been turned into some kind of vengeance for a perceived slight. This will only serve to make Fantasia look petty and egotistical. I wonder if she’s taking a leaf from Kanye’s book? ;)

  • revcat

    Well, I think Fantasia should have gone, but she would have been a better choice in the Aretha sing off than Christina. I don’t think Xtina is at the top of her game anymore. Or maybe its just me. Not that she can’t sing, but something is off.

  • weareallinnocent

    I totally get where she’s coming from.

    Having said that, the best revenge is success. She beat Jennifer in S3 and she won the Grammy. Good for her. I wish she had found a way to be happy for herself and baske in the glory of her night… But…

  • googletot

    Open mouth, insert foot – again!

  • Marie Ruffin

    MJ is on target. Yes, she was miffed at Jennifer for singing at the Kennedy Center (but didn’t Fantasia sing there too? for Patti Labelle or somebody else) and she was miffed at not being invited to sing…..but I bet so was Gladys Knight, Patti, and so many other of Aretha’s friends. Come on — Florence and Martina? Who knows Aretha better than her friends? I’ve been reading critics reports about Xtina and how she sang at the Grammys (or oversang) and many of them state “it’s not about YOU Xtina”….and I think that applies to Fantasia. Because when she gets on stage, she wants it to be about Her and her performance. Does anybody doubt that she would have started screaming the song and trying to take over the stage?
    She should be glad she got a Grammy. Her CD is the best, but she’s acting out. She said on her reality show (complained) that she was never invited to walk the red carpet….well, she was invited, but she didn’t go.!

    And anybody notice who Clive has chosen as his “muse”….who was on Clive’s arm at the pre-Grammys? it aint Fantasia!

  • Ceddies

    Fantasia is making one mistake after another with her life. Unfortunately that is a way of life with some folks. One would think that with all the chances she has been given that she would find some way to give back to those who have stuck with her. Personally, I’m farthest thing from her fan. There is just something off-putting about her for me. She has done nothing to convince me that she is grateful for the gift of a voice like she has. A great voice will only get her so far–she has to have the goods to go with it if she is to realize her dream potential. She is just being childish. When someone acts like this, I turn away from them and leave them to their own destruction.

    Sorry if this is too strong, but it is the way I feel about it.

  • Daytripper73

    You can’t fix stupid…

    There were probably 100 stars in that audience who would have loved to be onstage for the tribute. They didn’t skip the show or complain publicly. Instead they honored Aretha and enjoyed the show. Why does Fantasia feel so damn entitled? I’ll never understand for the life of me how she does stuff like this but the “Fantasia is so humble, so gracious” meme stays intact.

  • partyintheusa

    They didn’t even ask Kelly Clarkson who, in my humble opinion, sang Aretha best.

    I agree totally that Kelly should have been up there. She would’ve been amazing. Yet I don’t hear Kelly bitching about not being asked, though I am sure she would’ve loved to have taken part in it. It certainly goes without saying how much disdain I have for Fantasia and this confession of hers does not surprise me in the least. She is just an immature, whiney, irresponsible baby who doesn’t have an ounce of class. I am sick of JHud a bit too because the Weight Watchers commercials are running on overkill, but I have more respect for her because she has so much more class.

  • marco5ny

    Fantasia’s history with Aretha is pretty clear compared to the other women who performed in the tribute. She played Aretha on American Dreams; Fantasia was a featured performer in Aretha’s “Put you up on game”; Performed “Rock steady” at the United Negro College Fund’s tribute to Aretha Franklin; and continuing to be mentioned as on Aretha’s short list of actresses being considered to portray her in an upcoming biopic.

    From a personal and a career standpoint it was probably very frustrating for her. She probably spoke to producers about participating but they declined and we don’t know the substance of those discussions. Plus, it could be that Jennifer picked up a bit of momentum in being selected to appear in the Aretha movie.

    All that being said, it’s too bad Fantasis didn’t follow the lead of her manager who concocted the Mahalia cover and bury the real reason for her absence. Every single Fantasia album has been nominated for a Grammy and she ties Carrie for the most nominations among the Idols so she has industry fans. I can’t imagine the story will make any of her fans or peers change their minds about Fantasia. Many like her, many do not. But, thanks to her own willingness to shoot her mouth, this news is fodder to those who dislike her to have something to make noise about and drown out the fact that she won her first grammy which was well deserved.

  • darksiam

    Own. Worst. Enemy.

  • Grammie Kari

    She is just an immature, whiney, irresponsible baby who doesn’t have an ounce of class.

    Fantasia will one day regret making this decision. Winning your first Grammy is way up on the list of best things to ever happen to a person. I did not like her when she was on Idol, and her recent behavior shows a gal who needs to do some growing up. She needs to learn to keep her mouth shut and appreciate all the blessings she HAS received.

    Every one of those ladies did an honorable job.

  • sf3456

    Well, I think Fantasia should have gone, but she would have been a better choice in the Aretha sing off than Christina. I don’t think Xtina is at the top of her game anymore. Or maybe its just me. Not that she can’t sing, but something is off.

    Uh, no. Christina belonged there because Aretha is a fan. Now, Martina McBride…there’s someone who shouldn’t have been up there. And she looked angry the entire time. I would’ve been cool with Faith Hill, whose name was being tossed about.

  • jpfan

    Really? There are other artists out there whining that they didn’t attend the Grammys because they didn’t get an invite to perform …Who?

    Supposedly Jay Z boycotted the show because his album didn’t get an AOTY nod. His wife was there and he attended industry events. So it was odd that he wasn’t in the audience.

  • Shadow_i

    Its very immature and self absorbed of Fantasia to not attend grammy award just because Jennifer Hudson was chosen for Aretha’s tribute over her. You can’t have everything your way Fantasia! She should be grateful she even won a grammy. Personally, I don’t care for Fantasia’s singing. And even though Jennifer was my favorite that season its good to see both of them having a career and doing well. Fantasia should be more grateful and less entitled — she has a TV show, and CD that did well plus a grammy. She has a good manager and needs to listen to him next time.

    Also, Jennifer just released a single and a new CD coming out next month, so its good to give her the publicity at an award show. I thought Jennifer did a very good job singing the Aretha songs at grammys, and the others did good too. Fantasia would have been manic with her performance and make the other singers, and people watching uncomfortable I’m sure.

  • Marie Ruffin

    From a personal and a career standpoint it was probably very frustrating for her. She probably spoke to producers about participating but they declined and we don’t know the substance of those discussions. Plus, it could be that Jennifer picked up a bit of momentum in being selected to appear in the Aretha movie.

    I don’t think Jennifer has been “chosen” to play Aretha….according to Aretha “it could be anyone” and she mentioned JenHud and Fantasia as possibilities. I don’t think the ink is even wet on the contract for the movie. Aretha is very private and very controlling and better believe she wants the best deal and input into the movie.

    I got to read up on Jayz boycotting. I know a lot of artists are po’d at the Grammys for various reasons.

  • MrDuffin

    I totally get where she’s coming from.

    Having said that, the best revenge is success. She beat Jennifer in S3 and she won the Grammy. Good for her. I wish she had found a way to be happy for herself and baske in the glory of her night… But…

    Success is more than being given a Grammy. Fantasia will never be a success no matter how many awards she may win because she will always be Fantasia.

  • Axxxel

    didn’t Adam Lambert say that he did not want to take a date because attending the Grammy’s means “work” ? Such a pity that Fantasia did not take this opportunity “to work”… Maybe they just don’t want Fantasia up there so that she will really shine when she receives her Grammy…Such a pity to miss a great opportunity to shine…

  • julesb2183

    I having a gut feeling Jennifer was really the reason she walked out. My guess that she was the person on stage for the tribute that really upset Fantasia. My guess is she is super jelous – Jen has basically taken the role of “winner of AI” away from her and is getting all the attention. Didn’t Fantasia also audition for the part Jennifer got in Dreamgirls? Fantasia just is not a happy person with an overinflated ego. It was always about her, even in the idol days.

    It’s ironic she won her first grammy when her career is going south.