Fantasia Barrino wasn’t feeling the R-E-S-P-E-C-T, and this is what it meant to her: boycotting the Grammys.
The American Idol winner appeared on BET’s “106 & Park” on Monday to explain her Grammy absence, which became conspicuous after she was not there to accept her award for Best Female Vocal Performance. Turns out that not getting asked to join the opening number tribute to her idol, Aretha Franklin, led Barrino to stay home and watch on TV.
“I’m kind of going through my own little thing,” she told the show’s hosts (via The Hollywood Reporter). “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 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 last night.”
Instead, it was Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride that sang a medley of Franklin’s biggest hits.
Barrino will at least get to do a full out tribute to another one of her idols — she’s been cast to play R&B legend Mahalia Jackson in an upcoming movie, a role she’s already preparing for by working to gain 30-45 pounds.
The Grammy win (for her song “Bittersweet” and her first in 11 tries) and movie role are a nice turnaround for Barrino, who tried to commit suicide this summer after an affair scandal became public and rocked her life.
Although, its more than a year away, Pitbull has been confirmed and selected to perform at the grand opening of the new Marlins Ball park on April 2, 2012.
Clifford "T.I." Harris is being shown No Mercy even though he is behind bars. His now defunct MTV show, "Road To Redemption" was meant to scare youths straight and educate them about the dangers of criminal activities.
However, the first episode titled "You Are Responsible for Your Own Actions", featured T.I visiting The Haugabrooks Funeral Home in Atlanta showing a young man the corpse of an alleged hustler whose face was blurred.
The body belonged to Joseph Williams and the mortician suggested that the family didn't know what happened to their son on the MTV program.
The dead man's father, Joseph Willams Sr. and other relatives expressed that they did not give consent for the body to be televised and the footage shown was done for "financial gain and publicity."
MTV, the funeral home and the incarcerated emcee are all named in the lawsuit which cites mental distress as the reason for them seeking a settlement for an undisclosed amount.
That’s the way the cookie crumbles.
Oreo’s attempt to set a Guinness World Record for Facebook “likes” appears to have been in vain now that Lil Wayne has weighed in. The rap star tapped his 20 million Facebook fans to challenge Oreo’s attempt this afternoon and within an hour got close to 200,000 “likes,” trouncing Oreo’s 56,615 at the same time.
Since Lil Wayne started his attempt at least four hours later than Oreo, he has the time advantage, too. It’s unclear, however, if Lil Wayne needed to register with the Guinness people before the event, as the Oreo team had. Reps from Guinness could not be reached for comment and a Kraft rep declined to comment.
Meanwhile, Mazy Kazerooni, Lil Wayne’s digital manager, says that the idea was to show the star’s social media prowess. “I want people to think ‘Bieber, Gaga and Lil Wayne.’ The traffic we do is ridiculous and no one really knows,” Kazerooni says.