Radio 1’s Trevor Nelson spoke with Ashanti on Sunday and asked the singer who she’s feelin’ right now. Ashanti said, “Who isn’t feeling Mary J Blige? That’s my great look up. I was definitely influenced by Mary J. She brought the marriage between hip hop and R’n’B. We’ve known the same people for years but we’ve never met. I hope we’ll meet soon! It’s crazy – we went to The Grammys and we didn’t meet. I met Patti Labelle though! I’m just on cruise control right now!” Audio at bbc.co.uk/radio1 has since been removed.