R&B singer and actress Fantasia Barrino rose to fame as the winner of the third season of American Idol in 2004. Her first single, “I Believe,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and her debut album Free Yourself was certified platinum, and earned her three Grammy nominations.
In 2006, Fantasia’s self-titled album was certified Gold, and also earned her another three Grammy nominations. Her single, “When I See You,” topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks. Fantasia played the role of Celie in the 2007 Broadway Musical, The Color Purple, and won a Theatre World Award.
Fantasia’s third studio album, Back to Me, was released in 2010. She earned her first Grammy win for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the single “Bittersweet.”
In 2013, Fantasia announced that she is returning to Broadway in After Midnight, which ends in February. She also released her fourth studio album entitled Side Effects of You, and is currently nominated for three Grammy awards including Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Get It Right,” Best R&B Song for “Without Me,” and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
The Grammy Awards will air Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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10. “Baby Mama”
“Baby Mama” was the third single released on Fantasia’s Free Yourself album. It peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The song was written as an anthem to single mothers, telling them to follow their dreams, though it was criticized for sending the wrong message to teens about sexual activity and pregnancy.
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9. “I’m Doin’ Me”
“I’m Doin’ Me” was the second single released from her Back to Me album in 2010. The song peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart after spending 17 weeks on the list. In the song, Fantasia sings about taking care of the number one thing in her life, herself.
Fantasia first performed the George Gershwin composed 1935 hit, “Summertime,” on American Idol and received rave reviews from the judges. It became one of her most memorable performances. She recorded the track for her debut album Free Yourself after her version was so well received on the show.
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7. “Truth Is”
“Truth Is” was the second single released from her Free Yourself album. The song peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and reached No. 2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The song also won an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) R&B/Hip-Hop award.
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6. “When I See You”
“When I See You” is the second single released from her self-titled album Fantasia in 2007. The song was well received by music critics. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart and remained on the chart for a year, one of only 14 songs to achieve that. The song was awarded with two Grammy nominations in 2008.
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5. “Free Yourself”
“Free Yourself” was the fourth single released from her debut album of the same name. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart charts. It was nominated for two Grammy awards and won an ASCAP R&B/Hip-Hop award. Although the song was released in 2005, it reappeared on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart in October 2007 due to continuous radio play.
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4. “I Believe”
Fantasia sang “I Believe” on the season finale of American Idol. It became her first single off of her debut album. The Song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1, and was number one on the U.S single sales chart for eleven consecutive weeks. The single also spent six consecutive weeks at number one on the U.S. R&B Single Sales chart.
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3. “Lose to Win”
“Lose to Win” was the first single released from Fantasia’s fourth studio album Side Effects of You. The song samples the 1985 Commodores hit “Nightshift.” The lyrics appear to represent her rocky relationship with Antwaun Cook. She gave an emotional performance of the song on American Idol in April last year, and it was well received by all four judges.
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2. “Without Me”
“Without Me” is the second single from Fantasia’s fourth studio album Side Effects of You. The song features Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliot. Fantasia used an argument she had over the phone as inspiration for the song. The song reached No. 24 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and is currently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.
“Bittersweet” was the first single released from her third studio album Back to Me. The single peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It earned Fantasia her first Grammy awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards. She was also the last recipient of this award, due to its discontinuation in 2011 because of the abundance of Grammy categories. It was also nominated for the Grammy for Best R&B Song.