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The Grammys Snub Natalie Cole with Blink-and-You-Miss-It Tribute, Family and Twitter Fires Back

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Family of singer/songwriter Natalie Cole are outraged that their beloved sister, who passed on New Year’s Eve at the age of 65, was not properly honored during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards last night. While other artists — The Eagles’ Glenn Frey, David Bowie, B.B King and Lionel Richie — received long and grandiose tributes, Cole was limited to the “In Memoriam” segment of the show, even though she was nominated 21 times and won nine times at the illustrious awards ceremony.

Family members voiced their utter disappointment with the ceremony to Entertainment Tonight:

“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.”

“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.”

Twitter users voiced their disbelief:

https://twitter.com/Brandale2221/status/699417079762575362

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