Family and friends of Natalie Cole were extremely disappointed over the lack of tribute to the late singer during last night’s GRAMMY Awards. Cole’s sisters, Timolin and Casey, told Entertainment Tonight the in memoriam segment was “Sadly a FORGETTABLE tribute to Natalie Cole.”
Cole’s sisters went on to state, “Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister.”
Robert Adam Yancy, Cole’s son, told ET, “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.”
The GRAMMYs gave musical tributes during the ceremony to Lionel Richie, B.B. King, Glen Frey of The Eagles, Earth, Wind, & Fire’s Maurice White, and David Bowie.
Many fans were not happy that the singer was only shown for a few seconds in the in memoriam segment of the GRAMMYs. Some fans even compared her GRAMMY achievements to David Bowie’s, who was honored with a six minute tribute. Fans pointed out that Bowie had only won one GRAMMY while Cole had won nine GRAMMYs. Other’s pointed out that she was the first African American to win a GRAMMY for Best New Artist.
You can read more on the story here, and see fan’s tweets below.