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Natalie Cole's family upset with Grammy 'disrespectful' tribute

The family of Natalie Cole, who died at the very end of last year, have expressed their disappointment at her brief and "forgettable" mention at this week's Grammy Awards.

The daughter of the late great Nat King Cole was known for hits such as 'This Will Be', 'Miss You Like Crazy' and 'Unforgettable'. She died on New Year's Eve (December 31) at the age of 65. The Grammy Awards winner featured in a memorial montage, but the airtime she received suffered as a result of the high number of recently deceased music icons.

David Bowie, BB King and The Eagles' Glenn Frey all received an individual tribute, with artists performing covers of their hits. However, Cole did not.

Her sister Timolin and Casey Cole told Entertainment Tonight:

"Sadly a forgettable tribute to Natalie Cole. 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. 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 died of heart failure brought on by a rare lung disease.

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Watch news reports on the Grammy Awards' Natalie Cole tribute, and her 'Pink Cadillac' video below:


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