That Grape Juice’s Top 5 Fantasia Performances

Published: Tuesday 26th Jul 2016 by Sam

This Friday brings with it the release of Fantasia‘s fifth studio album ‘The Definition Of…’

It’s a fitting title for this titan of talent, who defines vocalist, defines endurance, and defines diva.

Since winning American Idol in 2004, the North Carolina native has established the stage as her most potent playground.

As such, That Grape Juice implore you to join us after the jump as we countdown our Top 5 Fantasia Performances…

5b) I Believe (In Honor Of Obama At NAACP Awards 05)

Upon the release of ‘I Believe,’ Ms. Barrino won the hearts of America all over again after they voted her their Idol.

And while her crowning performance resonates to this day, it’s her showing in honor of Barack Obama at the 2005 NAACP Awards that is most impactful for us.

At the time, he was Senator of Illinois and was being saluted for his community efforts. 11 years on, 8 of which he served as US President, the lyrics hit home all the more. For, while “Yes We Can” was the motto that aided his election, this performance – watched years on – evokes a feeling “Yes We Did.”

Flawless vocal and filled to the brim with emotion.

5a) Superwoman (Babyface Tribute At Soul Train Awards 2015)

It takes a special kind of act to stand out of the pack during a multi-stacked tribute medley. However, Fantasia made said feat look like child’s play during her slot in Babyface‘s Soul Train 2015 honor.

Taking on Karyn White‘s 1988 hit ‘Superwoman,’ the 32-year old rocked the house like no other before or after.

In two minutes, she delivered dynamite that not only blew the roof off the building, but also had some wondering whether her rendition was better than the original.

4) When I See U (AOL Sessions)

As much as we enjoy when Fanny lets rip, we also delight in her more soulfully subdued offerings – such as this.

‘When I See U’ easily serves as one of her signature songs and, like ‘Billie Jean’ to Michael Jackson, is a staple that has been performed countless times over.

Yet, this smooth but funky effort for AOL Sessions serves as our most cherished.

The breakdown at the bridge was everything!

3) I’m Here (Oprah Winfrey Show / 2007)

The songbird’s turn as Celie in ‘The Color Purple’ on Broadway earned rave reviews. But, for us, it was her performance of the production’s signature song ‘I’m Here’ on ‘Oprah’ that deserving of the most accolades.

Soulful, simply sung, and laced with lyrics that pierce and inject hope, this showing is the sort of daily affirmation we all need.

2) Lose To Win (American Idol 2013)

Lifted from 2013’s ‘Side Effects Of You,’ this melodic number – while solid – isn’t even our favorite cut from Fantasia.

However, so stellar was her debut live offering of the track that it easily etched itself on our list of top TV performances – ever.

From the now trademark “this is my favorite part right here,” to the emphatic clap, to the controlled yet soaring vocal, this was a music masterclass.

Performing in front a panel comprised of a singer (Mariah Carey), rapper (Nicki Minaj), Country star (Keith Urban), and industry veteran (Randy Jackson), Tasia reminded that true talent can cut through boxes and boundaries to resonate with all.

1) Lady Marmalade (An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Patti LaBelle 09)

If ever a performance defined the essence of an artist, it’s Ms. Barrino’s seismic tribute to Patti Labelle.

Fittingly staged at ‘An Evening of Stars’ in 2009, Ms. Barrino belted ‘Lady Marmalade’ with vivacious vigour.

And when the stage couldn’t contain her explosion of energy, her pow wow with Patti in the audience proved even more compelling.

Their now infamous kiss was quite poetic; for, despite the generation gap, they are two acts whose gargantuan gifts tower over any chart placement or musical trend.

In many ways the smooch was a passing of the proverbial torch.


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  1. #JACKIE July 26, 2016

    She slays a stage

    • RihNavy July 26, 2016

      I wish you would slay a death drop from the highest balcony onto someone concrete but alas…here you are ?

      • #JACKIE July 26, 2016

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      • RihNavy July 26, 2016

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      • #JACKIE July 26, 2016

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  2. True Lambily July 26, 2016

    I love her!! SING TASIA!!

  3. RihNavy July 26, 2016

    ‘Lose to Win’ gave me chills when she performed it. Yes lawd

  4. 2bad2bme July 26, 2016

    She brings me joy watching her perform!

    • RihNavy July 26, 2016

      *Anita Baker voice* “You bring me joy”

      • Leonard July 29, 2016

        “You are my friend” Patti Labelle Tribute

        “Superstition” Stevie Wonder Tribute

        “Baby I love you ” Aretha Franklin Tribute

  5. Mmm July 26, 2016

    Sorry seems to be the hardest word – Elton John tribute and also
    I’m here – Tony’s

    • Dev July 26, 2016

      I’m here the Tony’s had me actually bawling! It’s a shame she didn’t get more recognition for the role

  6. Stephy July 26, 2016

    All of em’! She be sanging

    • RihNavy July 26, 2016

      When will moo?

      • Stephy July 26, 2016

        Got my tea ready b****?

  7. Cough Cough July 26, 2016

    Fantasia vocally bodies every singer in popular music today. Nobody currently on the charts, singles or album charts, would even stand a slim chance on stage singing next to her

  8. Brazen Beauty July 26, 2016

    She is magnificent

  9. nigel July 26, 2016

    I think her best performance was of summertime on american Idol

  10. Kevin July 26, 2016

    You Can’t Forget Her Performance At The Soul Train Awards Of Aretha Song Don’t Play That Song For Me She F****** Killed That Performance ‼️

  11. Coolness July 26, 2016

    Love her! When people talk about the most talented performers in the R&B arena among her peer group, familiar names like Beyoncé and Usher often come up. However, I think Fanny is right up there with them even though she never really enjoyed the major commercial success the former two have. It’s one thing to kill performances of your own song, but the ability to take one by another artist and take absolute ownership of it requires some serious interpretive skills. She has that in spades in my opinion. This list is great but for me, no list of best performances by Fantasia is complete without her rendition of ‘Summertime’ on American Idol. That was such a star-making performance and I still get chills watching it 15 years later.

  12. fadfsd July 26, 2016

    Fantasia slays the stage but i will have to put patti tribute in the top 5 with her singing you are my friend

  13. Julien July 27, 2016

    Her performance of Lose To Win at MSG is a stunner. I don’t think Superwoman should be there. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word & I’m Here @ the Tonys are up there.

  14. ow Reddish tran ivy blokz Need UK timely Ukuyikiji July 27, 2016

    Nice performance

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