Two American Idol Season 3 alums, Lea Labelle and Fantasia Barrino, paid tribute to R&B icons on the 2012 Soul Train Awards on Sunday evening.

Leah, who was the first of the Top 12 finalists to be eliminated that 2004 season, performed “Square Biz” by the late soul chanteuse, Tina Marie, while the singer who won the season 3 competition, Fantasia Barrino,  took on the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin.

The performance was part of the opening number of the awards ceremony that took place in Las Vegas on Nov. 8, but aired on BET Sunday night (Nov. 25).  The performance also included Anthony Hamilton and Charlie Wilson.

Leah, is currently working on an album under the tutelage of  producers Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri. She was also the recipient of the Soul Train Centric award.

Check out the full list of winners HERE.

Watch the performance

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  • jdanton2

    Leah also was a winner as was Jordin Sparks with her duet with Whitney Houston . Nice tweet from Jordin.

    “Jordin Sparks ?@JordinSparks
    So happy that Celebrate won Best
    Gospel/Inspirational Performance at the BET
    Soul Train Awards!! First of
    many Mama Whitney!! #missyou
    9:31 PM – 25 Nov 12″

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    I cannot stand to hear Fantasia sing live anymore.  She’s very restrained on her albums, but live she’s like Labelle on Steroids.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wui-Zhuan-Lim/777616348 Wui Zhuan Lim

    I like Fantasia, but definitely a boo when she duet with Joshua Ledet on Idol finale.
    YUCKS !
    Simon should comment: 2 donald ducks on helium

  • mikaylaislove

    Ah, this reminds me of how diverse AI use to be. I see Fantasia found her class since the AI11 finale, great job! And look at little Leah, fantastic!…she could have done well had she waited to try out for idol…when will the young ones ever learn. 

    Marcus Canty was good too. There’s a video of him performing in the related section.   

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wow! Fantasia is an amazingly talented singer!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    Fantasia looked good here, thank god because I swear sometimes. lol
    She did good here and it was nice seeing Leah and Marcus Canty also performed. It’s nice to see that he’s getting more exposure.

  • jpfan2

    Fantasia is so amazing. She should play Aretha in a bio about her life.
    Hopefully Fantasia has her life together now. At least she looks so much better.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Wow, Leah has really grown as a singer/performer.  A lot better than I remember.

  • OffLeash

    Fantasia is a powerful singer and performer, too bad I can’t enjoy her tone at all. Leah and Marcus were pretty good.

  • standtotheright

    Hopefully Fantasia has her life together now. At least she looks so much better.

    This. I really hope the changes in her life are all for the better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000075236182 Diana Adams Tyler

    Love Fantasia.  She looked and sounded fabulous.  Loved season 3 when she was on.