Natalie Cole’s family slammed the Grammy Awards over their “disrespectful tribute” to the late singer following the telecast Monday night, Entertainment Tonight reported. “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” singer, who died at the age of 65 in Los Angeles on Dec. 31, 2015, was remembered among many other iconic singers during the In Memoriam segment at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
"Sadly a FORGETTABLE tribute to Natalie Cole," Cole's sisters, Timolin and Casey, told ET Online. "Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister."
David Bowie, Lionel Richie, B.B. King and The Eagles' Glenn Frey were all remembered along with Cole for their contribution to the music industry during the awards ceremony.
"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. "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."
Cole, who won nine Grammy Awards, reportedly died of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. The singer, who is best remembered for her performances of songs such as “Inseparable,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Unforgettable,” was the daughter of singers Nat King Cole and Maria Hawkins Cole.
Not only Cole’s family but several other celebrities were offended by the tribute for the “Our Love” singer.
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) February 16, 2016
— Tenikka Smith Hughes (@TenikkaANjax) February 16, 2016
David Bowie wld hv bn pissed more than anyone that Grammys "don't have time" 4 a Maurice White and Natalie Cole tribute. #shameonyougrammys
— Eric Benet (@ebenet) February 14, 2016
I hope the @TheGRAMMYs have tributes for Natalie Cole & Maurice White as well. It would be such a travesty to not include that.
— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) February 13, 2016