Feb 23, 2011

 
 
Last week, Fantasia Barrino let it be known that she stayed home from the Grammy Awards ceremony rather than sit and watch an Aretha Franklin tribute in which she wasn't invited to participate. Well, word got back to Franklin, who sent the following response to USA TODAY's Lifeline Live:

"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."

Ms. Aretha Franklin

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