Well, now it turns out that Fantasia wasn't even there to give her speech, televised or not. Fantasia actually boycotted the Grammys because she felt snubbed that she wasn't invited to participate in the ceremony's Aretha Franklin-tribute opening number. Apparently she considered this a sign of a lack of R-E-S-P-E-C-T on the Grammys' part.
Yesterday, Fantasia told BET's "106 & Park": "I'm going to be very honest with you. You know I wasn't at the Grammys last night...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. 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."
But you know, several other divas didn't participate in that number, including Beyonce, Keri Hilson, Monica, Amber Riley, Toni Braxton, Cyndi Lauper, Jordin Sparks, and Natasha Bedingfield...all of whom did attend the Grammys on Sunday without complaint.
I am delighted that Fantasia finally won a much-deserved Grammy, and yes, maybe she should have been part of the Aretha tribute. But I still wish that the "Bittersweet" singer hadn't let a case of bitter grapes keep her from fully enjoying her Grammy moment.
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