Why did Lionel Richie get a Grammys tribute but not Natalie Cole?
Oh, Grammys. Did you learn nothing from the Great Oscars Depression of 2015? Tributes are best done sparingly or all at once, not sprinkled throughout an entire awards show.
Every other segment of Monday night’s Grammys honored a dead musician — David Bowie, Glenn Frey, B.B. King, Lemmy Kilmister, Earth, Wind and Fire’s Maurice White. Oh, and also Lionel Richie, who is still very much alive and even performed during his own tribute (which included Demi Lovato, who killed it, by the way).
It’s no wonder Natalie Cole’s family is ticked. The nine-time Grammy winner, 21-time nominee and first African-American to win Best New Artist was relegated to a minute-and-a-half In Memoriam montage featuring Percy Sledge, Scott Weiland, Allen Toussaint, Ornette Coleman, James Horner and many more.
“Sadly a forgettable tribute to Natalie Cole,” Cole’s sisters, Timolin and Casey, told Entertainment Tonight. “Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister.”
Really, though, the show needed only one tribute, and it was Lady Gaga’s whirling David Bowie medley. As Times Pop Music/Culture Critic Jay Cridlin writes, “Genders were bent and minds were blown as once again, Gaga delivered yet another knockout blow on yet another massive international stage. The show could’ve stopped there and no one would’ve minded. Where’s the petition to campaign for an entire tour of Gaga as Bowie?"
Seriously. We’d fight to the death over tickets.
Let's relive it, shall we?