Twitter and Natalie Cole’s Family React to the Grammy Awards Not Giving the Singer a Musical Tribute

Cole died last year, and many said they felt she deserved more than a mention in the Grammys’ memorial segment.

Singer Natalie Cole arrives at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009.
Singer Natalie Cole arrives at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

During Monday’s Grammy Awards, there was one musical tribute that was noticeably absent from the show, and fans of Natalie Cole were not too pleased.

Lionel Richie as well as the late David Bowie, Maurice White and Glenn Frey all received segments dedicated to their musical accomplishments with performances by fellow musicians. But Cole, who died last year, only received a mention, along with other musicians and music executives who died in 2015, in the Grammys’ “In Memoriam” segment.

How hard would it have been to pay tribute to a black woman who made music history, as Holly Robinson Peete pointed out?

https://twitter.com/hollyrpeete/status/699451748386103297

Other people on social media also chimed in:

https://twitter.com/__Dutch/status/699467409183404032https://twitter.com/WitherspoonC/status/699437973474045952https://twitter.com/FilmFatale_NYC/status/699447074136453120https://twitter.com/karsh/status/699446812655165440

In an interview with the New York Post’s Page Six, Cole’s sister, Timolin Cole, said that she was told prior to the show’s airing that her sister wouldn’t get a tribute.

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