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Grammy Producer Defends Natalie Cole Tribute

02/18/2016
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(Radio.com) The Grammy Awards show's longtime producer Ken Ehrlich has defended the broadcast's tribute to Natalie Cole after family members of the late singer expressed outrage that the music awards show did not include a bigger tribute.

The broadcast include a video clip tribute in the form of a vintage film clip of Cole during its "In Memoriam" segment and Ehrlich tells Billboard, "Frankly, I think it was appropriate," saying that he felt the clip was the most "touching and emotional" tribute.

Ehrlich also told the publication that Cole's family was aware of how she would be remembered during the broadcast. "For the record, there was an email exchange, and I told [Cole's sister] Timolin what we were doing, and she seemed to be very happy with it."

He did say that they did consider having a music star perform "Miss You Like Crazy" but then explained why he changed his mind. "When I looked again at the Grammy show we did where she won for 'Unforgettable,' and I saw the last 45 seconds of that number, where her father [Nat King Cole, on the big screen] throws her a kiss, she throws him a kiss, and then she turns to the audience and throws everybody a kiss -- that just was so touching and so emotional to me that that felt like it had to be the end of the whole 'In Memoriam' segment.,"

He added, "I hadn't looked at that clip in several years, but when I saw it again, I knew it was right." Read more details, including the family's complaints, here.

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