EXCLUSIVE: Fantasia vows to Boycott 2011 Grammy Awards

February 6, 2011 2 Comments »

AtlantaBy Kia Morgan Smith -The soulful, shoe-kicking, belly-busting American Idol, Fantasia Barrino says you won’t see her at this year’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards next Sunday. She’s stepping out of her shoes -again- to take a stand for what she calls “soulful” artists who seldom get a Grammy nod, and will boycott the Grammy’s this year.
Last night at an intimate concert performance at the Museum Bar in Atlanta for its grand opening, Fantasia told a packed crowd that she’s not going to the awards ceremony. “You gotta stand for something,” she said. She went on to say that the Grammys don’t acknowledge “soulful” performers and she’s had enough of it.
And even though Fantasia nearly dominates the R&B field along with John Legend and Chris Brown, with chart topping songs and the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs top 10 single “Bittersweet” she said she will watch the ceremony from afar.
Fantasia is nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.
Fantasia didn’t go into specifics as to what soulful singers the Grammys have failed to acknowledge.
During the awards ceremony Fantasia said she will be home crafting her own music, writing and singing and I’m sure kicking off and kicking up her high heels.
The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place in Los Angeles at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, and will air live on the CBS Television Network.

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  1. Anonymous February 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm -

    Sorry, but Fantasia didn't say she was going to boycott, she just said she isn't going and will watch from home. Big difference. There is video of her saying so. If you boycott something, what sense does it make to even watch it at home?

  2. Kia Morgan Smith February 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm -

    The definition of a boycott is a form of activism involving the act of voluntarily abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with a person,or organization or country as an expression of protest…
    Fantasia is protesting and she did state she was going to "STAND FOR SOMETHING" and boycott and not go and NOT support the Grammys because of something they failed to do like support soulful artists. It's a boycott. I wrote down exactly what she said. I was standing right next to her. Not a bad thing and not worth arguing over. It's a good thing and she is boycotting the Grammys. It is what it is…