Aretha Franklin responds to Fantasia over Grammy Awards snub

After American Idol winner, Fantasia Barrino last week revealed to BET’s 106 & Park that she boycotted the 53rd Annual Grammy Award ceremonies because she was left out of the ceremony’s tribute to her idol – legendary R&B/Soul singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’ felt the need to respond to Barrino’s grievances and recently sent a statement to USA Today’s Lifeline Live:

“I was sorry to hear that Fantasia was upset because she did not get the opportunity to participate in my Grammy Tribute this year. 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 participate in. I’m sure it was not an intentional omission. I will see Fantasia over the summer here in Detroit.” – Miss Aretha Franklin

Fantasia, who as a result of “boycotting” the recent award ceremonies failed to personally collect her award for ‘Best Female R&B Performance’ in what must now seem to her as a very misguided cause of action had voiced her displeasure of the Grammy Award tribute to her idol to the hosts of BET’s 106 & Park on a recent phone conversation with the show.

Aretha Franklin handles this very eloquently and it is such a shame Ms. Barrino could not offer up the same level of eloquence or even professionalism as has now been awarded her by Aretha.