AceShowbiz - %cNatalie Cole%'s name was mentioned during In Memoriam segment at the 2016 Grammy Awards, but she was not given a special tribute. The improper tribute to the late singer clearly disappointed fans and made her family furious.
Unlike %cDavid Bowie%, %cMaurice White%, %cGlenn Frey% and %cLionel Richie%, who were each celebrated with their own musical tributes during the Monday awards show, the daughter of %cNat King Cole% wasn't honored with a tribute. "Sadly a forgettable tribute to Natalie Cole," Natalie'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."
"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 added. "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."
Other celebrities like %cHolly Robinson Peete% and %cEric Benet% also expressed their disappointment over the matter. "We lost so many greats but Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist deserved a tribute #Grammys #BHM," Holly tweeted.
Meanwhile, Benet uploaded a video on Facebook ahead of the ceremony. In the video, he questioned Grammys' decision not to honor Cole's contribution while also blaming the awards show for discriminating black music. "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.