* indicates required
Okayplayer News

To continue reading

Create a free account or sign in to unlock more free articles.

Already have an account?

By continuing, you agree to the Terms of Service and acknowledge our Privacy Policy

Melanie Fiona Dishes About Her Grammy Moment

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Melanie Fiona talks about her Grammy moment in a recent interview with Billboard, explaining what it was like to receive the coveted honor in 2012. Fiona won Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for her performance on "Fool For You" - a duet with Cee-Lo Green. Fiona talks about the emotional gravity of the moment, which was heightened by the shock that accompanied the unexpected passing of Whitney Houston the night before:

MELANIE FIONA: “Whitney Houston died the night before, and I was shattered. I was in a very somber place at the ceremony with my parents and my team. But when they called my name, there were so many emotions at once. All I kept thinking about was how all I ever wanted to do was sing—and how I sang along to Whitney’s records growing up. To lose her and then win a GRAMMY the next day, I just felt so blessed and thankful. They played the call-up music, but I was in shock—they started to say, ‘We accept the award on behalf of’ and my whole section was like, ‘No, she’s here!’ I was trying to get up those steps in a long gown and high heels and compose myself. I felt like I was meeting the world for the first time as an artist.”

Check the footage below to watch Melanie Fiona's acceptance speech at the 2012 Grammys. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards airs on Sunday, January 26th at 8pm EST on CBS. Learn more about the nominees and performances at Check your local listings for further details.