Fantasia Remembers Aretha Franklin Telling Her ‘I’m the B*tch Around Here’

Aretha Franklin was known as very outspoken.

Fantasia Barrino says when she first met Aretha that she had no problem letting her know exactly what was on her mind.

via Page Six:

“I was able to sing for her when they were honoring her [at a 2007 tribute concert] at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, which is actually where I won ‘American Idol,’” Barrino, 34, told Billboard recently. “I was stupid nervous because I was the little girl that was listening to Aretha. My first cassette was Aretha Franklin.”

After performing her tribute, Barrino was introduced to Franklin.

“She walked around the room gracefully, as Aretha would do – very smooth,” Barrino remembered. “She shook hands, gave people one or two words and kept it moving.”

Franklin’s mood suddenly shifted when she reached Barrino. “She finally gets to me, and she looks at me – I’m still crying. And she said, ‘You can sing – but I’m the bitch around here.’ I’m thinking, ‘Wait a minute! That’s not what I was ready for!’ But she was serious.”

Barrino replied to the unusual exchange, “Yes, ma’am.”

“And I understood exactly what she was saying because she was that in my life, for me,” the Grammy winner explained. “There will never, ever be another Aretha Franklin. That’s what she was letting me know: ‘You’re good, but always know, I’m the head chick.’”

Barrino will perform one final tribute at the Queen of Soul’s funeral in Detroit on Aug. 31. She will be joined by Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill and many others.

Aretha Franklin’s Memorial Has 24 Acts Lined Up — Including Gladys Knight , Ron Isley , Angie Stone and Johnny Gill

Aretha Franklin’s memorial takes place next Thursday and according to TMZ, 24 acts are set to take the stage.

The Four Tops
Gladys Knight
Johnny Gill
Ron Isley
Kiki Sheard
Kurt Carr
Jean Carne
Doug Carn
Ronnie McNeir
L.J. Reynolds
Tasha Page-Lockhart
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dr. Bobby Jones
Jenifer Lewis
George Faison
Angie Stone
Raheem DeVaughn
Gracie Franklin
Eddie Franklin
Victorie Franklin
Santita Jackson
Ralphe Armstrong Band
Kern Brantley Band

The memorial will be held at the Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit on August 30.

The slated performances, as of now, can be acoustic, track or with the Aretha Franklin combined band.