Soul singer Natalie Cole has publicly condemned Amy Winehouse’s five-Grammy haul.
Despite being absent from the ceremony in Los Angeles due to visa problems, troubled singer Amy picked up five awards including song of the year and record of the year, both for her single Rehab, and best new artist.
But Natalie disagrees with the decision to heap praise on the artist, who is battling drug and alcohol addictions.
“I’m going on record as an artist who is able to critique her, I think she has a great talent but I don’t agree with the Grammys giving her those nods,” she said at the Sony BMG post Grammy Awards party.
She continued: “I think it sends the wrong message, that even in the midst of her stupor of drugs she can get nominated for all these awards. It sends the wrong kind of message to the people who are working very hard.
“It’s a slap in the face to musicians and artists who work very hard that they turn around and give it to someone who really obviously doesn’t have a grasp of what she has.”
Natalie, daughter of the late legendary crooner Nat King Cole, cited her own past experiences with drugs as reason for her strong opinions.
“I’ve been in this business over 25 years and I sacrificed five years of my own life on drugs and almost lost my life because of it,” she said. “So I take great offence to almost see someone getting glory out of being in the position that they’re in.
“She needs to get her life together and embrace her craft, she will lose it if she doesn’t get it together. Rehab is no joke, I was there for six months.”
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