With so many recent deaths in the music industry, it’s hard to do a proper tribute to everyone, but for the Grammys to NOT to a longer more fitting tribute to Natalie Cole is just inexcusable.
Cole was included in a montage with other celebrities but her family and her fans thought she deserved much more.
“Sadly a FORGETTABLE tribute to Natalie Cole,” Cole’s sisters, Timolin and Casey, told ET following the GRAMMY telecast. “Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister.”
“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 (to be a part of) a minute-and-a-half tribute,” Cole’s son Robert Adam Yancy told ET on Monday night. “It was shameless the way they minimized her legacy. We will find solace in her legacy as well as her endless fans around the world.”
Others took to Twitter to express their disappointment.
“We lost so many greats but Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist deserved a tribute #Grammys #BHM,” actress Holly Robinson Peete tweeted after the awards show.
CNN correspondent Chris Witherspoon echoed similar sentiments, tweeting “Natalie Cole…9 Grammys and only gets a photo in a remembrance montage. David Bowie…1 Grammy and he received a 7 minute tribute #GRAMMYs.”
Natalie Cole died December 31st.