So, Natalie Cole told People at a Grammy afterparty on Sunday night that the Recording Academy shouldn’t have given Amy Winehouse five Grammys because it sends the wrong message, rewarding the British singer’s “bad behavior.” I’m not sure who out there thinks Winehouse is a role model in her personal life (as an artist, sure), but c’mon, there have been plenty of non-saintly artists who’ve won Grammys. And judging strictly by Winehouse’s music, she certainly belongs among Grammy company, just as Cole, who’s acknowledged her own battles with drug abuse, has deserved to be among the Grammy elite since her own Best New Artist win 33 years before Winehouse’s. (According to the New York Daily News, Ringo Starr overheard Cole’s complaint about Winehouse and said, “Man, those are some grapes.”) It’s the Grammys’ job to recognize excellence based strictly on what’s on the disc, not to send any kind of moral, social, or political message. Now, being rewarded for capitalizing on the fame of your more-renowned father by recording duets with his unwitting corpse, that’s a better message to send, apparently.
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