During the award show, fans of the "Unforgettable" singer took to Twitter to express their disappointment over Natalie — who sadly died from congestive heart failure at age 65 in late December 2015 — only being included in the program's "In Memoriam" segment instead of being given a separate music tribute.
— Holly Robinson Peete🧚🏽♂️ (@hollyrpeete) February 16, 2016
"We lost so many greats, but Natalie Cole [was the] first African American to win Best New Artist. [She] deserved a tribute #Grammys #BHM," actress Holly Robinson Peete wrote on the micro-blogging site.
"Natalie Cole… nine Grammys and only gets a photo in a remembrance montage. David Bowie… one Grammy and he received a seven minute tribute #GRAMMYs," CNN correspondent Chris Witherspoon similarly wrote.