Aretha Franklin has some choice words for Fantasia

Feb. 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM ET

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Fantasia at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

"American Idol" finalist Fantasia Barrino admitted to skipping the Grammys because she wasn't included in the tribute to Aretha Franklin that opened the show. Now, Franklin is speaking out about that decision.

"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 said 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."

Franklin then suggested that Fantasia has some growing up to do, saying she was "young in the business" and acknowledged that she is "loved and appreciated," but she still added some harsh advice.

"She must understand that in this business of show business she will not always get to participate in everything she would like to participate in," Franklin said. "I'm sure it was not an intentional omission."

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