Natalie Cole Slams Grammys for Honoring Amy Winehouse

Entertainment Feb. 11, 2008 AT 5:00PM
Natalie Cole and Amy Winehouse February 10, 2008; February 9, 2008 Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images; Ramey Photo

Not everyone is pleased Amy Winehouse took home five Grammys Sunday.

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"I'm going on record as an artist who is able to critique [Amy Winehouse]," Natalie Cole (a recovering drug addict herself) told reporters at a post-Grammys bash Sunday. "I think she has a great talent, but I don't agree with the Grammys giving her those nods. 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'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. 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. So I take great offense 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."

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