Natalie Cole was remembered at the GRAMMYs during the In Memoriam segment, but her family — and her fans — are up in arms over the fact that the late singer was passed over for a special tribute.
“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.”
The legendary singer, daughter of Nat King Cole, won nine GRAMMYs in her lifetime and was behind R&B classics such as “Unforgettable” and “This Will Be.” Cole died at the age of 65 in Los Angeles on Dec. 31, 2015 due to idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Celebrities were unhappy over Cole’s tribute snub, taking to social media to voice their disappointment.
“We lost so many greats but Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist deserved a tribute #Gmmys #BHM,” Holly Robinson Peete wrote on Twitter.
Empire co-creator Lee Daniels took to Instagram to voice his disdain,captioning a black-and-white photo of Cole, “Disappointed in Grammys… Come y’all … She deserved a better tribute #9grammyswon really???… R.I.P.”
Cole’s lack of a GRAMMY tribute had been the topic of debate even before Monday’s telecast. Eric Benet shared a video on Saturday questioning the GRAMMYs’ decision not to honor Cole’s legacy.
“Didn’t even talk about Natalie, such a powerhouse of pop, jazz, soul, GRAMMY artist and no tribute to Natalie Cole. So GRAMMYs, shame on you, shame on you, shame on you,” Benet said.
Meanwhile, fans took to Twitter to voice their disappointment that the GRAMMYs failed to recognize one of their own.
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SOURCE: Entertainment Tonight