Grammys 2016 In Memoriam, Natalie Cole Tribute Snub? Family Reacts [WATCH VIDEO]
The 58th annual Grammy Awards ceremony featured some great musical tributes to artists and icons that we lost in the previous year, including B.B. King, David Bowie, Glenn Frey of the Eagles, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, but family members of a recently deceased singer are outraged that she was left out. The daughter of Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole has an important history with the Grammys, and music in general, so we weren't surprised to hear that the late singer's family had some comments to share with the music awards show about only featuring her in the "In Memoriam" video, but skipped out on a dedication performance.
Was this a timing issue? We're not sure, but Cole's family isn't happy that a full tribute wasn't part of the ceremony.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Cole's sisters voiced their disappointment.
"Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister," ET quotes sisters Timolin and Casey.
Plus, Cole's son, Robert Adam Yancy, backed up his aunts' sentiments with clear reasoning as to why his mother deserved more than a short mention in the "In Memoriam" video.
"Here is a woman who has been in the business for four decades, had 21 Grammy nominations and won nine Grammys," he said, according to Variety. "She deserves more than (to be a part of) a minute-and-a-half tribute. 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."
You can also check out some social media responses as well:
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) February 16, 2016
Was looking forward to seeing a Natalie Cole tribute at The Grammys this year... #RIPNatalie you will NEVER be forgotten — Toni Braxton (@tonibraxton) February 16, 2016