Aretha Franklin to Fantasia: You can't always get what you want
February 24th, 2011
07:04 PM ET

Aretha Franklin to Fantasia: You can't always get what you want

Aretha Franklin is giving Fantasia Barrino a little lesson in "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" after the young star skipped the Grammys because she wasn't asked to participate in the show's tribute to the Queen of Soul.

"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," Fantasia told BET's "106 & Park." "So 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."

But according to Franklin, Fantasia better think before she acts.

“I was sorry to hear that Fantasia was upset because she did not get the opportunity to participate in my GRAMMY Tribute this year," Franklin said in a statement to CNN. "I recall that in the past, Fantasia participated in both my MusicCares Person of the Year Tribute and my United Negro College Fund Tribute."

Franklin continued, "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.”

When we got in touch with Fantasia's manager about Franklin's statements, he declined comment.

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  1. Malcolm

    Let me tell you one thing...... Fantasia deserved to be up there.... Christina and the other white girls did not deserve to be up there..... The line up should of been Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Mary J Blige, Patti Labelle, and Gladys Knight and if her voice is fine now the true VOICE Whitney Houston

    November 4, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Name*Alan hedrick

    Well she didn't say anything wrong. It's not like she was downing Tasia she was just telling the truth. I tell you the truth bout you media folk y'all take the first bit of gossip and run with it. Y'all need to pray and ask the Lord to remove that demon spirit from y'all. Fanny is truly blessed and to put the icing on that cake she have something that most of you will never possess, and thats a whole lot of GOD and the holy spirit. And every tongue that rise up against her in judgement shall bd condemned and thus said the lord...(hallelujah)

    February 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. thedetox411

    That's exactly what I said on my blog check it out and comment http://thedetox411.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/fantasia-boycotts-the-grammys-because-of-aretha-tribute/

    February 26, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. a dog named snooks

    Fantasia needs to straighten out her life before she takes on anything like the Grammy's. Girl, you're NOT all that & I really don't think anyone missed you at the show. Stay home & take care of your kids, Lord knows with a family like yours, she's gonna need all the support she can get.

    February 26, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. ras

    @tripp im sorry but cant none of them girls touch tasia when ever you get through and you know you all know she is the best

    February 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lynn

    Fantasia is over rated anyways. Honestly, what has she done lately? Just had an affair with some guy at her local phone store? It's Aretha's tribute and if she was happy with it, that is all that mattered!

    February 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scott

    Learn to spell, Franlin.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DC DIVA

    I think that Fantasia has gotten a little bit into herself STOP!! pump your damn heels you won the married man don;t know if his non working ass is a prize or not but you cannot control who does what at the Grammyd did it occur to you that maybe Aretha did not want you up there screaming and kicking off your heels not to mention you need a better hair and clothing stylist I am just saying.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fantasia eaten booga

      DC Diva you stick yaw nig nose where duh sun dont shine then I feed ya sub uh my booga. U a booga hound an u b knowd it.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marco555

    MMM...imagining Jesse big thick elephant trunk goob swinging in my face and trying to grasp it with my lips and take it all into my hot wet mouth. I love you Jesse and its OUR secret, baby.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pauline walker

    WHO THE HELL DOES SHE THINK SHE IS. SHE IS A NOBODY IN MY EYESIGHT. SHE REALLY CAN NOT SING THAT GOOD!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. alberto

    look all i know is that she's ugly has hell so why should she be up there? i thought maybe she didn't show up because she got fat.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUFUS

    FOR THE WHITE MAN BE AT THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. HE LAYETH DOWN WITH THE SWINE AND THE BEAST. Deuteronony 4 12

    February 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RUFUS

    LO I SAY UNTO YOU MY BRETHREN. SPEAKETH NOT WITH OR OF THE WHIIIITE MAN FOR HE BE THE CAUSE OF SIN. CAST THINE EYES TOWARDS HEAVEN WHEN IN HIS PRESENCE. PSALMS 21 6

    February 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • DLM

      RUFUS – you must be using the Satanic Bible – Have a nice time in HELL.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dr Death

    Maybe Jesse will die soon. OH HAPPY DAY!

    February 25, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. whisper

    All this talk about Fantasia.
    Ive got one question

    Who the Hell is Fantasia ?????/

    February 25, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  16. Jen

    Fantasia is a brat...she should be grateful for all that she has...

    http://www.monogrammedeverything.com

    February 25, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  17. Chalequia

    Everbody in my class keeps saying my name sounds like a bananna. Im not some bananna girl ! I am smart ! 3 As and 2 Bs on my report card. Plus i only ever get in trouble for texting sometimes.

    February 25, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  18. Rev Wright

    AMAN....GOD DAYUM AMERICA!!

    February 25, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  19. SKY

    TEST THE EXPRESSION AS TO IF IT IS FROM GOD OR THE DEMONS.
    ACTS 10:34 " GOD IS NOT PARTIAL"
    REVELATION 12: 12 BUT THE DEVIL HAS GREAT ANGER

    February 25, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  20. SKY

    ACT.10:34 "GOD IS NOT PARTIAL". SO ALL THE RACIST COMMENTS ARE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE UNDER
    THE CONTROL OF THE WICKED SPIRTS. I KEEP TELLING YOU THE TRUTH...2 TIMONTHY 3:3 SAYS, PEOPLE WOULD
    HAVE NO NATURAL AFFECTION, FIERCE WITHOUT LOVE OF GOODNESS.
    PLEASE LISTEN, THE WISDOM FROM ABOVE IS FIRST OF ALL "CHASTE" , NOW I DID IT, SO NOW FOR THE
    NEXT FEW DAY I WILL HAVE TO FIGHT THE DEMONS WITH THE BIBLE...SO BRING IT ON.....

    February 25, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  21. Dr Death

    Areefa gone be dead on the slab soon.

    February 25, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  22. Rev Joseph Lowery

    Instead of toilet paper I use my hand.

    February 25, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  23. DIGITALDIMEZ

    wow!!

    WANNA SEE THE UNCUT AMBER ROSE X-VID??

    http://WWW.MADDLEAK.COM

    February 25, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  24. Mortimer

    Jesse b sayin "Moan reefa gimme the ole wall eyed basturd a piece ub dat fat blackass. Im a reverend so it b ok".

    February 25, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  25. Sad

    Fantasia hates Aretha because she is black.

    February 25, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  26. SKY

    OK THIS IS THE DEAL......A.F. HAD TO CALL FANTASIA OUT. YOU DON'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT.
    AND WHAT IS THIS THING ABOUT WANTING TO BE SEEN ON STAGE....."EARN IT".
    MAKE THE WORLD WANT YOU SO THAT YOU WILL NOT BE OVER LOOKED.....
    FANTASIA HAS PROBLEMS....AND ONE IS HER FAMILY....THEY HAVE USED GOD IS
    SUCH A WAY THAT IT WOULD DRIVE ANYONE CRAZIE. AND THEY HAVE USE GOD TO
    CONTROL HER AND TO MAKE HER THINK....GOD IS WITH HER EVEN WHEN SHE LIVES A
    OUT OF CONTROL LIFE...I AM SORRY BUY SOMEONE HAS TO JUST TELL THE TRUTH.

    February 25, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  27. Chalequia

    They should just fight. Let them duke it out on HBO. It would be cool !

    February 25, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  28. Bobbin

    It a shame Ms Franklin had to single out Fantasia and attempt to embarrass her front of her fans. Ms Franklin is way out of line with her comments as is Fantasia. The need to bury the hatchet and stop calling each other out just because they are black. This little spat only confirms both of them being the racists they are.

    February 25, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  29. Chalequia

    Gosh. Some of you white folk sure are stirred up this mornin.

    February 25, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  30. Ellen

    Well a few reasons for her to be left out would be having an affair w/ a married man, then getting an abortion THEN trying to kill herself. That's why the GRAMMY folks didn't want her there. AND it IS racial too , because when white performers do these things, it's overlooked and sometimes H'wood even celebrates them for it (Brad&Angelina). NowAlicia Keys gets a pass though because she LOOKS white- if she wanted to come, they would have welcomed her with open arms. In fact no one ever mentions the fact that she and her current husband began their relationship while HE was married to his first wife. Fantasia must have amnesia when it comes to her scandalous behavior for her to be so indignant about not being asked to perform. Child, please.

    February 25, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  31. A

    Fantasia should have taken part in the tribute, and should have replaced that Florence chick.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  32. Denise

    First of all Aretha Franklin looks great for just having a battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She can also say what she wants, she was being honored...not Fantasia.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  33. ras

    i mean fantasia has the right to be mad i mean she may have done other thinks for aretha but this is supose to be fantasia big night shes nominate you know she wants everybody to see her get her award but no that didnt happen why because the grammys didnt televised the R&B category so why come next they throw this in her face with not invited her to do the tribute when she sound more like aretha than anybody i mean come on fantasia is aretha she has been recognize as the young aretha every sense her idols days she has every right to be mad

    February 25, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  34. Jade

    Aretha's comment isn't derogatory. Fantasia has participated in previous Aretha tributes and felt slighted when not asked to participate in this one. As a result of not attending she missed her moment as she was not present to receive her grammy. This is not a racial issue.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  35. faye

    Maybe miss franklinfeels that way because of her health situation she might want to feel better than she possibly can at this point in life

    February 24, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. DLM

    The only difference between Fantasia and the rest of the singers on stage at the Grammy's to celebrate Aretha Franklin is...Fantasia sings like CRAP. I swear he is really Chris Rock in drag.

    February 24, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Chalequia

    I dont get it. Aretha be multi tallented. Why is she picking on Fantasia ? Is she just jealous because Fantasia all young and a real super star ?

    February 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  38. roll

    I knew it was something like this going on. Aretha holding back us young african americans. I always thought she was a oreoo.

    February 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • hubbabubba

      Really!? Something doesn't go the way for a black person. It is the white person holding them down. A black person is successful, they are a sell out. Or Oreo as you call it. So if Fantasia was part of the tribute, would she be an Oreo? Man people like you are the only people holding the black race down. So if Obama didn't win the presidency it would of been because of the whites and he would of been a respected black man because he didn't succeed. But since he did win, does this make him a unrespected black man because he succeeded? So your saying to be true black you have to be a failure? The man isn't out to get you. You are doing a fine job yourself by thinking this way.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  39. D D

    Yeah the white man is causing this through sedentary brain wave transmissions. They do this to confuse our fundamental thought processes. The white man is always trying to get us.

    February 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  40. JAMAL

    I agree with you Tedd. Older African Americans are sometimes prejudiced against our own people. This is left over from the days of segregation. The white people hold us back e en though we have overcome.

    February 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Then how do you both explain the two (out of four) black women who DID participate in the tribute???

      February 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max Da'Kat

      It could just be that Fantasia just plain sucks.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • hubbabubba

      What do you mean the older blacks are prejudice against blacks now? They lived it. They had to go through some tough times and they overcame it. You younger ones didn't overcome anything. The older ones worked hard to pave a better path for you younger ones. And you have the audacity to blame them and the whites for your short comings! If you have overcome then why are you still blaming society? That isn't overcoming, that is dwelling on the past and holding a grudge. What blame every white person and successful black out there for all the problems? Not every white person is out to get you and look at a successful black person as an inspiration and not as a sellout.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  41. Superhiro

    Dang... I just saw her in a Snickers commercial and she looked like 30 years younger than in this picture...

    February 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  42. ksoze

    Racist troll.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Tripp

    Tedd: that is the dumbest crap i have ever heard.... i think that Fantasia needs to grow the hell up...get over yourself girl, i dont think you that good to be in with the amazing women that did the tribute

    February 25, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |

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