Natalie Cole’s Family Upset About Grammys Tribute Snub
Natalie Cole’s family is upset that the singer didn’t get a special tribute at Monday night’s Grammy Awards, despite other recently deceased musicians receiving honors in addition to the Grammys’ “In Memoriam” segment.
As Gossip Cop reported, Lady Gaga paid musical tribute to David Bowie, Johnny Depp honored Lemmy Kilmister, and Maurice White, B.B. King and Glenn Frey also had segments dedicated to their successful careers. Cole, however, who died from congestive heart failure at the age of 65 earlier this year, didn’t receive special acknowledgement. Instead, her photo was quickly shown during the “In Memoriam” video.
In addition to many of Cole’s fans expressing outrage on Twitter over the snub, the singer’s family also voiced its disappointment. After the awards show, Cole’s sisters Timolin and Casey told Entertainment Tonight, “Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister.” Cole’s son Robert Adam Yancy added, “Here is a woman who has been in the business for four decades, had 21 Grammy nominations and won nine Grammys. She deserves more… 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.”