Natalie Cole was an iconic musician and her death came as a surprise to many. Her career spanned for nearly 4 decades and her accolades were many which included two Grammy Awards for her debut album, Inseparable (1975) and was nominated for 21 Grammy’s over a career that spanned five decades. After her long struggle with addiction, Natalie Cole returned in the 1990s with Unforgettable… with Love, featuring renditions of songs previously sung by her father.
Unfortunately when the Grammy’s had aired last night it seemed as though Natalie Cole’s tribute was worth only one minute. Natalie’s sisters were outraged at the lack of time spent to pay tribute to a woman whose career was legendary. Her sister said: “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.”
Actress Holly Robinson Peete expressed her disappointment by referencing Black History Month when she tweeted on Monday night: “We lost so many greats but Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist deserved a tribute #Grammys #BHM.”
Natalie Cole was a legend who deserved the same amount of tribute time and respect that the Grammy’s have given to past well accomplished artists who had passed away, such as Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson to name but a few.
Despite the fact that the Grammy’s failed to acknowledge Natalie Cole in the manner she deserved, it does not take away from the fact that she was indeed a phenomenal singer whose voice shall forever remain unforgettable.