The Grammys Messed Up With Lame 'Tribute' to Natalie Cole

During the Grammy Awards on Monday night, the usual tribute was played to honor the musicians who have sadly passed on within the past year, but one legend's family is not pleased with how it turned out. Natalie Cole's family expressed their grief that she was not properly honored in the way that some of the other artists were.


Cole was honored during the list of other music greats we've lost in the past year, including David Bowie, B.B. King, Maurice White, Lemmy Kilmister, and Glenn Frey, but she was not given an on-air musical tribute like these guys were.

Which is pretty ridiculous when you consider that she collected more Grammys than all of those musicians except for King. Her sister Timolin Cole told Page Six before the show, "Where is the tribute to our sister? We were hoping that there will be some sort of actual tribute to her fitting of her artistry and stature ... She was such a force in the music industry and she transcended genres ... I think she should be recognized for the impact she has had."

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Cole passed away on December 31, 2015, due to "complications from ongoing health issues." She was just 65 years old. Throughout her career, she received 21 Grammy nominations and won nine of them; she was also the first African-American to win Best New Artist.

Her son, Robert Adam Yancy, called the snub "shameless," and told Entertainment Tonight that it "minimized her legacy."

Fans were outraged as well. Actress Holly Robinson Peete took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the pitiful tribute.

It's hard to believe that they couldn't make time for a better tribute to such a legendary singer. She really did deserve better, and I'm glad that people are outraged for her legacy. Whoever planned that was obviously not wearing his or her thinking cap.


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