Ever since the GRAMMYs aired on Monday [February 17] night, people have been dissecting and discussing the hits and misses of the awards show.

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One of the ‘misses’ as far as viewers are concerned was the fact Natalie Cole, who died on December 31, 2015, did not receive her own all star tribute.

The family of the late R&B superstar was very vocal about what they felt was a “disrespectful tribute“, which only involved a clip of Cole singing during the “In Memoriam” video real of other artists who had died over the past year.


Ken Ehrlich, the Grammys producer, stands by the show’s decision to have Cole’s tribute as video segment. “Frankly, I think it was appropriate,” Ehrlich said to Billboard.

Ehrlich went on to say he had touched based with the family on how the tribute would go, and they seemed to be okay with it:

“For the record, there was an email exchange, and I told Timolin what we were doing, and she seemed to be very happy with it. And what I told her is that we had talked about having an artist do something for Natalie; at one point I was playing around with ‘Miss You Like Crazy,’ because I love that song. But when I looked again at the Grammy show we did where she won for ‘Unforgettable,’ and I saw the last 45 seconds of that number, where her father (Nat King Cole, on the big screen) throws her a kiss, she throws him a kiss, and then she turns to the audience and throws everybody a kiss — that just was so touching and so emotional to me that that felt like it had to be the end of the whole ‘In Memoriam’ segment. I hadn’t looked at that clip in several years, but when I saw it again, I knew it was right.”

Well, it seems as though the Grammy’s aren’t sorry about their decision. Do you think they should be?

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