Fantasia Barrino is feeding on sour grapes. The soul singer, who won the Grammy award for Best R&B Artist, says she refused to attend Sunday's ceremony because she was not asked to sing in the Aretha Franklin tribute.
"They were honoring someone who was my idol, and there is no way I could have sat there and not got the happy feet and wanted to jump on the mic because she is my favorite," Fantasia tells BET's "106 & Park." "I felt like, you know, at the end of the day I should have been on that stage."
Instead, she stayed at home and cooked, tuning into the show here and there to catch performances by Lady Gaga and Cee-Lo. The Franklin homage gathered together the big voices of Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Martina McBride and Yolanda Adams. The quintet oversang their hearts out, and the result was stirring.
Of note: Fantasia and Hudson competed against one another on the third season of "American Idol." While Fantasia won the reality-TV singing contest, Hudson later eclipsed all that with an Oscar-winning role in "Dreamgirls." Hudson belted the Franklin tribute's opening notes from "Natural Woman."
Seems like Fantasia harbors some professional jealousy toward her former "Idol" friend.