Family Members Of The Legendary Singer Natalie Cole Blast The Grammy's For A Short Tribute To The Singer
|Family Members Of Singer Natalie Cole Blast The Grammy's|
natalie Cole—who passed away on News Year's Eve—was recognized in a 45-second clip that concluded the "In Memoriam" segment at the 2016 Grammys earlier this week; however, her family believes that just wasn't enough, hoping she would see a tribute similar to David Bowie or B.B. King.
Her sisters, Timolin and Casey Cole, told reports, "It's very bittersweet.
We were hoping that there will be some sort of actual tribute to her fitting of her artistry and stature. She had 21 Grammy nominations and nine wins.
She was such a force in the music industry and she transcended genres...She should be recognized for the impact she has had."
|Natalie Cole with grammy award|
Now, Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild—both friends of Natalie's who even attended her service earlier this year—are speaking out in defense of the tribute saying "Frankly, I think it was appropriate."
Ehrlich said he thought the tribute was both "touching and emotional."
Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister," Timolin Casey Cole said in a statement to reports.
Robert Adam Yancy, Cole's son, told reports that the his mother "deserved 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," he added.