Fantasia did a phenomenal job covering Karyn White’s “Superwoman” during the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards, but according to White, the only reason she didn’t attend and sing her own song was because she was never invited.
One of Sunday night’s high points happened when artists paid tribute to prolific songwriter and singer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. When Fantasia sang White’s 1989 single, which was co-written by Babyface, some fans were wondering why the 50-year-old vocalist didn’t perform the top 10 Billboard hit that she made famous, especially since acts like Boyz II Men, Brandy, and Tevin Campbell had performed their own songs at the event. So, White made a Facebook video Monday explaining why she was no where to be seen that night.
“I’ve been getting bombarded with questions from fans, family, friends … people just calling [saying], ‘Karyn, why weren’t you on the show?'” White said. “Good question — I don’t know.”
She went on to say that no one asked her to be a part of the show, even though she is still an active singer and has a new project out, Carpe Diem (Seize the Day), which she released on her own label.
“I never got a call from [Babyface] or BET or Centric, or Soul Train Music Awards affiliates — nobody.” she continued. “I don’t know, maybe they don’t know I’m back in the entertainment industry.”
White clarified that while she enjoyed Fantasia’s cover of the hit song, she still felt that she should have gotten the opportunity to sing.
“I just want you guys to know I think Fantasia did an incredible job,” White said. “She’s a bad girl. She put it down. It has nothing to do with Fantasia. It’s really just respect and the fact that Kenny wrote the song … but Karyn White made it a hit. I believe my fans deserve to see me sing the song.”
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