Remember when Fantasia Barrino said she skipped the Grammys (and even missed out on receiving her own award) because she’d been excluded from the Aretha Franklin 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,” she said. So she decided to stay home and watch the awards on TV.)
Well, despite the flattery, Franklin isn’t endorsing the younger singer’s sulking-on-the-couch pity party. She’s released a statement, saying:
“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.”
Translation: You’re a nice girl, and you’re talented. But get over it.
Is there a mentoring program that focuses on how to handle the ups and downs of show business with grace? We see a potential match.
Read more at the Huffington Post.
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