Reportedly while ‘Vh1 Divas Celebrate Soul’ was in rehearsal for the show taping, someone anonymously spilled a bit of information online regarding the “a fight” between Jill Scott and Anita Baker backstage.
Anita Baker was one of the scheduled performers on all the promo press but did not appear on the show. Afterwards, Ledisi talked that someone had to sing Anita Baker’s signature song “Sweet Love”. In an after concert interview with VH1, Ledisi said that she was headed to the red carpet when the producers and the music director and her manager rushed to her asking if she could sing “Sweet Love.” She initially thought it was a joke but later was told that it was serious when she finally went on to the stage and performed the song.
Via Anita Baker Twitter account, she tweeted details on why she was a no show for the performance; @IAMANITABAKER she tweets;
“I took the high road… as i will ALWAYS do. I have never. Nor, will i ever say a negative thing about any artist,; The gossip ur looking for, love? The “StreetNESS” you crave?…Will never come from me :) I’m the oldest. I’ll take the hit.”
“The show was great. A lot of ppl worked very hard to bring it 2U. My light was shining even tho i wasn’t there… made some ppl mad :) ab; It’s called an Exit clause If t Brand/artist is not being presented properly/per agreement/contract? Brand/artist can sidestep all nonsense; You can’t just “Walk Off a Show” at t last min.. this was BUSINESS Great musicians & artists worked out t tribute, i cried all t way home”
“i begged 4 rehersals Sweet Love is not a duet. Duh.. u sing 2 lines, they sing 2 lines. NO..it deserves an arrangement & rehersal…; 3 mins B4 dress rehearsal, i had no duet partner, simply b/c i asked if i could sing the first verse 2 establish the energy of the song…”
“it went South from there… folks started fallin’ out the Drama O’ Rama began… i went to my dressing Rm. The rumors erupted. i cried.;I just needed 2 get it out. I was also told that we shouldn’t do “all that hollerin” that i do on the end of “Sweet Love”???? the end”
She also tweets; “I explained for my fans. No other reason.”
So there you have it, there were no blows or argument, it really was Jill Scott blowing Anita Baker off.