Fantasia Barrino


Fantasia Barrino



Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984),[1] commonly known simply by the mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino three Grammy nominations in 2006.

In 2006, she released her second album, Fantasia, which featured the single "When I See U" which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008. She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award. Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the single "Bittersweet," which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart. The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. As of February 2012, Barrino has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the United States.[2]




    • The Color Purple (2007) as Celie
    • Soul Kitten's Cabaret (2011) (Good Conscience)

Television appearances


Awards and nominations

2004 Billboard Music Awards Top Selling Single of the Year ("I Believe") Won
Top Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year ("I Believe") Won
2005 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Female Artist Won
Billboard American Urban Radio Networks Top R&B/Hip-Hop Single ("I Believe") Won
Emmis Communications/Hot-97 "KISS-FM" Phenomenal Woman Award Phenomenal Woman[53] Won
Vibe Music Award R&B Voice of the Year Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Album (Free Yourself) Nominated
BET Awards Best Female R&B Artist Nominated
Best New Artist Nominated
Soul Train Music Award Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist Nominated
2006 Grammy Awards Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("Free Yourself") Nominated
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance ("Summertime") Nominated
Best R&B Album ("Free Yourself") Nominated
ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards Most Performed Song ("Free Yourself") Won
Most Performed Song ("Truth is") Won
Groovevolt Music Awards Best New Artist Won
Soul Train Music Award Best Female R&B/Soul Album (Free Yourself) Nominated
2007 American Music Awards Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Nominated
Theatre World Award Outstanding Broadway Debut Performance - "The Color Purple" Won
Broadway.com Award Favorite (Female) Replacement - "The Color Purple" Won
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Female Artist Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatical Special (as Fantasia Barrino) Nominated
2008 Grammy Awards Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("When I See U") Nominated
Best Contemporary R&B Album ("Fantasia") Nominated
Greensboro sit-ins Organization Founder's Appreciation Award Won
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Duo or Group Collaboration ("Put You Up On Game") Nominated
2009 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Duo or Group (with Jennifer Hudson) Won
Grammy Awards Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal ("I'm His Only Woman") Nominated
2010 Barbados Music Awards International Award of Excellence Won
Soul Train Awards Best R&B/Soul Female Artist Nominated
Record of the Year (Songwriter's Award) ("Bittersweet") Nominated
Grammy Awards Best R&B Album ("Back to Me") Nominated
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("Bittersweet") Won
2011 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Song ("Bittersweet") Won
NAACP Theater Award Distinguished Honoree Won


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