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She played Aretha Franklin in an episode of the series American Dreams, singing "Respect", guest voiced on The Simpsons episode "A Star Is Torn", and guest starred as herself in a cameo role on the sitcom All of Us.
She appeared three times as a musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004.
Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe," which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Taylor was named the number-one artist of the Adult Urban Contemporary format for 2005 according to the December 13, 2005 issue of Billboard magazine.
Through the spring and winter of 2005, Fantasia made many television appearances to promote her album.
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008.
She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award.
It debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, selling 240,000 copies in its first week.
To date, it has sold over two million copies worldwide, and was certified Platinum in the U. The singles "Truth Is" and "Free Yourself" became R&B hits, reaching number two and number three respectively on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while the controversial "Baby Mama"—which critics accused of romanticizing single motherhood and "Truth Is" spent 14 weeks at the number one position.
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