Natalie Cole’s family ‘outraged’ at Grammys tribute

Family members of the late singer Natalie Cole were not shy about expressing how unhappy they were with the tribute given to their sister at yesterday’s Grammy Awards.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - MARCH 02:  Natalie Cole performs in the 10th Year Edition of Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2014 day 3 at JIExpo Kemayoran on March 2, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – MARCH 02: Natalie Cole performs in the 10th Year Edition of Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2014 day 3 at JIExpo Kemayoran on March 2, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

Cole was remembered during the In Memoriam segment with a video presentation — a decision which previously led some fans to note that the Grammys were treating tributes to white artists in a different (and presumably more suitable) manner that the tributes to black artists.

“Sadly a FORGETTABLE tribute to Natalie Cole,” Cole’s sisters, Timolin and Casey, told ET following the GRAMMY telecast.

“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 also had this to say:

“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 told ET on Monday night.

“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.”

Related: Natalie Cole’s Atlanta uncle Freddy Cole mourns another loss

Celebrities including Holly Robinson Peete and Lee Daniels expressed their disappointment on Twitter, as did many fans of Cole.

Other artists, including Glenn Frey of the Eagles, David Bowie and B.B. King were honored with musical tributes during the show.

Cole, daughter of singer Nat King Cole, died on Dec. 31.

She last performed in Atlanta in June at Cobb Energy Centre.

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66 comments
Dave Shirley
Dave Shirley

Typical ignorant uneducated comment !, butthurt baby!

Thomas H. Harter
Thomas H. Harter

The recognize the good ones. Sorry if you're good you get recognized. If you're not, you don't. Pretty simple. Nothing to do with race.

Jessica Conroy
Jessica Conroy

No Natalie tribute and no Maurice White tribute? Gramnys were not all that this year anyway. They could have been WAY better if they tributed these great stars

Michael Henry
Michael Henry

Well said Stephanie Moore, but it would have been nice if they could have given Ms. Natalie and for that matter Maurice White more time. A lot of the songs Lady Gaga did for David Bowie I hardly recognized and were really a waste of time needed to be spent on someone else.

Starlan Hoke
Starlan Hoke

TV ONE DO A HONOR FOR MAURICE AND NATALIE BUT THE SHOW WAS PUT TOGETHER BUT BEFORE THEY PASS THEY ADDED ON

Deborah Henry
Deborah Henry

Im white and I think Natalie was GREAT..So was her father..Wow...all the hate....

Carrie Price
Carrie Price

Wellllllll I felt that way about Maurice White....

Stephanie Moore
Stephanie Moore

I grew up this music. You probably didn't. Do you see how this illustrates why things like BET and the Image awards exist? Put it this way: David Bowie was not that big of a deal in my house growing up. So the reaction to his death was surprising to me. Natalie Cole was that big a deal in my house growing up. It's just different cultures.

Raeann Kingston
Raeann Kingston

No one cares about you or what you think lol. So much anger. You should take that frustration to the gym. Lord knows you need a workout

Astrid Strange
Astrid Strange

Natalie Cole was a talented singer but she was not an international star not even a very big American star. Don't get me wrong I threw up listening to her also but even my memory doesn't have very many songs that were that big. If we are going to argue about the recognition during the Grammys why not argue about why they didn't have a lot of channels blocked out for her funeral or any other significant recognitions of her death. Unfortunately in death is win you find out people's true sentiments about you and/or your work. Evidently she didn't have the impact on the world or the country the way that many feel she did. It wasn't just the Grammy's that didn't recognize her there was really no celebration on any mainstream media black white or otherwise. We can't go getting mad at that. And we have to remember this is a whole new generation of people and she had done nothing musically for years so most people that are under the age of 30 don't even know who she is. A beautiful talent.

Melanie Anderson
Melanie Anderson

Wow, Ms. Owens. You have a real problem. Instead of responding in kind, I'll just say I hope you are able to let go of some of your anger one day. God bless.

Shelly Olivia
Shelly Olivia

Pamela Smith Caudell ---only answer : what they want is segregation

Cynthia Owens
Cynthia Owens

In about 10 years. Will see who the whiners are. ..

Pamela Smith Caudell
Pamela Smith Caudell

WOW........ a lot of butt hurt to go around...... Oscars not white enough now the Grammy's........ let's just say, there was plenty to go around last night... Still not enough to pacify the whiners....

Lois Last
Lois Last

I was looking for a shotout to. When it didn't come my blackass turned the channel. Much love to N.C. family.\U0001f60d\U0001f618

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

She been charting hits since I was in high school

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

If you loved her then buy her songs and show it.

Kyler Post
Kyler Post

Right. In the footage of Cole aired after her death, what song did they choose to play so that viewers would recognize who they were talking about? I rest my case.

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

All the music channels as well as TV One have done tributes to her. Not just BET

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

You are being funny I hope. That wasn't even her biggest hit.

Kandee Watson
Kandee Watson

Lol Kevin. These are probably very young adults who have no clue.

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

She deserves more but that's all anybody gets there.

Cynthia Owens
Cynthia Owens

I don't see you telling them not to lump her in one category. .shut up trash

Melanie Anderson
Melanie Anderson

She was truly gifted, but please stop calling anyone who doesn't agree with you curse words. Also, those of "white people" who like and miss Ms. Cole don't appreciate being lumped in with all the other white people you hate.

Michael Henry
Michael Henry

Thanks Brenande Vusuvvi Mossita for sticking up for one of the Best Songstress ever. You are 100% correct!

Evangelist Janet Hunter
Evangelist Janet Hunter

They need to stay in their lane and mind their own business...don't have a clue....#wearetheoriginals lol

Kyler Post
Kyler Post

All paling in comparison to the many songs she recorded with her deceased father, then subsequently won/was nominated for GRAMMYs.

Brenande Vusuvvi Mossita
Brenande Vusuvvi Mossita

"Our love" "Pink Cadillac" "This will be an everlasting love" "Snowfall on the Sahara" "Miss you like crazy" "Inseparable" "I've got love on my mind" "Sophisticated Lady" "Someone that I used to love" "Jump Start"

Allena Raines
Allena Raines

Agree and Kyler Post go post on another page pos