Aretha Franklin responds to Fantasia Barrino's Grammy boycott: She's 'still young'

fantasia.jpgThe queen has spoken.

The Aretha Franklin tribute at this year's Grammy Awards featured some big (and not-so-big) voices, including Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch. Not so noticeably absent from the lineup was "American Idol" alum Fantasia Barrino.

Barrino later announced that she had boycotted the Grammys because she felt that "[she] should have been on that stage."

Boo-hoo. She actually got so caught up in her boycotting, that she missed her very first Grammy win after 11 nominations. Karma, right?

Franklin is speaking out on Barrino's decision and as always, the queen remains diplomatic.

In a statement to USA Today, she writes:

"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 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 [to] participated in. I'm sure it was not an intentional omission. I will see Fantasia over the summer here in Detroit."

So wipe away those tears, Fantasia -- Aretha still loves you. 
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