February 16th, 2011
12:48 PM ET
Fantasia Barrino opted not to attend the Grammy awards on Sunday, but maybe she would've reconsidered if she'd been included in the Aretha Franklin tribute.
“I'm going to be very honest with you. You know I wasn't at the Grammys last night. I'm kind of going through my own little thing,” Barrino told “106 & Park” hosts Rocsi and Terrence on Monday, according to Billboard. “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.”
The 26-year-old went on, “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.”
The tribute kicked off the Grammy awards, and spotlighted the talents of Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, indie hit Florence Welch and gospel singer Yolanda Adams as they worked their way through a medley of the Queen of Soul’s hits.
But doing her own thing did include watching some of the performances, Barrino said.
“I watched Cee-lo's performance, I love Cee lo, love Gaga, watched Gaga, and I love Rihanna's performance, but I kind of cooked and did my own think last night and was in my own world and was hoping that I won,” she said. “I have this feeling, like every year I go, I feel like they always look over some of the good singers that are still around and I'm not trying to be funny but that's just the way I felt."
Her hope became reality that night, as Barrino did in fact win a Grammy for best female R&B vocal performance for her song "Bittersweet."
"I scared my daughter because I just bust out and started crying, and she thought something was wrong with me,” the singer said of her reaction to the news. “You know it's been a long time coming…I felt like, man, I wasn't gonna stop until I got one and I'm still not going to stop and you know this has just given me motivation to do my own thing. So, I just started crying and just thanking God that finally, eleven times nominated, finally I got one."
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