"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 says in a statement to USA Today. "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," Franklin went on. "I'm sure it was not an intentional omission. I will see Fantasia over the summer here in Detroit."
Fellow "American Idol" alum Jennifer Hudson performed in the tribute along with Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. Fantasia, who did not pick up her best female vocal performance nod at the show, explained why she skipped the show to BET's "106 & Park" last week.
"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," she explained. "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."
(Additional reporting by Monica Herrera, Billboard.com)