why wasn't natalie cole honoured at the grammys?

Fans and family of Natalie Cole have spoken out against the ceremony's exclusion of the late artist from its tribute performances.

by Ryan White
17 February 2016, 4:25pm

David Bowie, Maurice White, The Eagles' Glenn Frey, Lemmy Kilmister and B.B. King were all remembered at the Grammys on Sunday,with a tribute performance to mark their passings in the last year and to honour their contributions to music. Much has been said about Lady Gaga's tribute to Bowie and its cold reception from the late artist's son Duncan Jones, but that wasn't the only tribute (or lack thereof) to fall flat. Natalie Cole, the Grammy award-winning singer and daughter of Nat King Cole died aged 65 on December 31st, yet did not receive a tribute performance.

While the R&B singer received a mention during the ceremony's 'In Memoriam' segment, Cole's family have publicly expressed their disappointment at such a small commendation. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Cole's son Robert Adam Yancy said "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". Going further, Cole's sisters Timolin and Casey said, "Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister".

Following the #OscarsSoWhite scandal, it's disappointing to see an important, celebrated black artist receive such a small tribute at one of the music industry's biggest awards ceremonies.


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