February 16, 2016


Natalie Cole's Family Expresses 'Outrage' at Lack of GRAMMY Tribute

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Kevin Winter/WireImage

Sunday night's 58th annual GRAMMY awards featured standalone tributes to the late David Bowie, B.B. King, Lemmy Kilmister and Glenn Frey of The Eagles. Everyone else (well, not quite everyone, let's be honest) who passed since the last ceremony—Scott Weiland and Earth, Wind and Fire's Maurice White among them—appeared in the In Memoriam montage.

The family of Natalie Cole, who died at 65 on New Year's Eve 2015, isn't happy she got relegated to the video. "Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister," said Natalie's sisters, Timolin and Casey Cole, told Entertainment Tonight shortly after the show, calling the remembrance "forgettable."

In 1976, Natalie Cole became the first black performer to win Best New Artist at the GRAMMYs. Her son, Robert Adam Yancy, had the following to say about Sunday night:

"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. It was shameless the way they minimized her legacy."

For a more fitting, lengthy tribute to Natalie Cole—full of her music and performances—try this.