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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Natalie Cole: Amy Didn’t Deserve Her Grammys

It's a good thing Amy Winehouse was far away in jolly old London during the Grammy Awards or there might have been some serious weave-pulling at last night's ceremony. Natalie Cole is lashing out at the “Rehab” singer and those who awarded her with five Grammys, including Song of the Year.

"I don't think she should have won. I think it sends a bad message to our young people who are trying to get into this business, the ones who are trying to do it right and really trying to keep themselves together," Natalie told People.com. "We have to stop rewarding bad behavior."

The “Unforgettable” singer admitted that she lost five years of her life to substance abuse. "I mean, she could die,” Natalie said. “This is about discipline and hard work, and you don't get to just do your drugs and go onstage and get rewarded."

The fact that Amy, 24, recently said “yes” to rehab wasn’t enough to satisfy the 58-year-old crooner. "I'm sorry. I think the girl is talented, gifted, but it's not right for her to be able to have her cake and eat it too. She needs to get herself together."

Natalie rated Amy’s performance as “fine” but said that she doesn’t think the beehived songbird deserved the awards. “I don't take anything away from her talent, but I just feel like she's stepping into a place that she hasn't earned yet."