Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Natalie Cole Slams Amy Winehouse About Her Multiple Grammy Wins

Singer Natalie Cole heavily condemned the Grammy Awards and Amy Winehouse by stating that because of Winehouse's drug-related issues that her winning multiple Grammys sends a "bad message." Considering that Cole had her own high profile struggles with drugs, which she admits, I still think she needs to sit down and be quiet. Amy Winehouse is not the first musician to struggle with drugs and alcohol and she will not be the last, I do not think she should have her music downgraded because she is struggling internally as a person. What do you think?


wisdomteachesme February 12, 2008 at 1:55 PM  

well, i do see your points prof., i have to go -'overhere'-for a minute to say, i realy don't like winehouse's music...at all. she is a bad copy in the world of jazz to me.
i never have bought into public opinion especially concerning art and music. what is hot for others- for the microwave seconds that it will be--is frozen solid to me-esp. when it is nothing more than a bad copy.

she, her voice, her sound, is hollow sounding to me-nothing on the level of quality i look for.
i would much rather listen to the original jazz singers with a solid voice-not hollow and full of air. you can hear a love-a passion in these peoples voices for the music.

so i can see sister cole's point if she is looking at this child from the view that her music is not good.

and let me add this, she may very well be a very good singer and musician, but it will not shine through the way she is going about it-with this style-genre.

Naima February 12, 2008 at 2:43 PM  

Don't drugs and the music industry go hand and hand? If she can't have a Grammy than 80% of the other winners shouldn't have won.
At least Amy has a little personality instead of that cookie cutter , fake humbleness crap everyone else is doing

Anonymiss February 12, 2008 at 5:13 PM  

Oh please. Natalie needs to have a seat. How about she gives up her awards?

People have been struggling with drugs and alcohol in the industry for years. Ray Charles was on heroine for 18 yrs. Should he have had his Grammys taken from him?


SheCodes February 13, 2008 at 7:37 AM  

I can see where Natalie is coming from. It does send a bad message to everone, but most of all, it sends a bad message to Amy Winehouse. We've had enough deaths and destroyed lives in the music industry.

For every Ray Charles, there are tens of thousands of musicians who have lost their livelihoods, families and lives due to drugs. I've seen it first hand. They think that they 'should' get into drugs to be a good musician.

I have come from jam sessions where strung out musicians produced ABSOLUTE CRAP, and then the studio engineers (who are always sober and lucid) magically convert it into something beautiful. The musicians always get the glory, when they had little or nothing to do with it.

Plus I don't like Amy Winehouse's singing. :-P

Professor Tracey February 13, 2008 at 8:50 AM  

I hear what some of you are saying, but Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Bllie Holiday, Sly Stone, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix, etc...all suffered heavily with drug addiction, do we downgrade their music and achievements because of that?

It's not really a matter of liking or disliking Amy Winehouse's music. The issue Natalie Cole is raising is whether or not reward an artist because their "personal" behavior is considered objectionable to mainstream society.

If we tied personal behavior to achievement, then very, very, few people would be in the position to be honored at all. The Grammys would have to cease to exist.

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