Anita Baker axes Babyface from The Songstress tour
Anita Baker has dropped Babyface from The Songstress tour, which featured the artiste, real name Kenneth Brian Edmonds, on the line-up as a special guest.
The R&B and soul legends have been performing across America on the tour but she reportedly abruptly cut him.
In May, the tour hit a snag when Baker, 65, was said to have asked Babyface, 64, not to perform at a show in Newark, New Jersey following technical issues.
Baker was bombarded with backlash from Babyface’s fans who were furious with the decision to remove him from the show, and the trolling hasn’t stopped according to Baker.
This week, the “Sweet Love” singer announced on Twitter that Babyface – a Grammy-winning producer who has created hits for the likes of Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Diana Ross, Beyonce and Aretha Franklin – would not continue on the tour.
She wrote: ‘After Silently, Enduring Cyber Bulling/Verbal Abuse & Threats of Violence from the Fan Base, of Our Special Guest/Support Act. In the Interest of Personal Safety.
Babyface admitted he was devastated by the news and posted a heartbroken emoji with a statement, explaining: ‘I am saddened by the news that Anita Baker has decided to remove me from The Songstress Tour.
‘It’s unfortunate and disheartening to see how things have played out via social media. While I was looking forward to the rest of the dates, I have nothing but love and respect for Anita and I wish her the best for the remainder of her tour.’
Baker has won eight Grammy Awards, including best Rhythm & Blues song for her classic hit “Sweet Love” in 1987. Babyface is the recipient of 10 Grammys, including producer of the year for Boyz II Men’s End of the Road and album of the year for The Bodyguard soundtrack led by Whitney Houston.