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Natalie Cole’s Family Outraged at Disrespectful Grammy Tribute to Late Singer


Moses Robinson/Getty ImagesThe family of the late Natalie Cole are upset with how the singer was honored during Monday night’s Grammy Awards.

After seeing the Cole was briefly mentioned in the ceremony’s annual “In Memoriam” segment, the family believed that the late singer, who passed away on December 31, 2015 at age 65, deserved more acknowledgement.

“Here is a woman who has been in the business for four decades, had 21 Grammy nominations and won nine Grammys. She deserves more than a minute-and-a-half tribute,” said her son, Robert Adam Yancy, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “It was shameless the way they minimized her legacy.”

Natalie’s sisters Timolin and Casey added: “Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister.”

Other late artists received life musical tributes, including David Bowie, B.B. King, Maurice White, Lemmy Kilmister and Glenn Frey. Interestingly, Cole won more Grammys in her lifetime than four of the five that were honored.  Only B.B. King earned more, with 15 wins.

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