February 12, 2008 04:10:28 GMT
Natalie Cole thinks that Grammys should stop rewarding bad behavior, namely Amy Winehouse, because its would send the wrong message.
Despite earning the most awards at 50th Grammys held on Sunday, February 10, Amy Winehouse's win receives criticism from singer Natalie Cole who says the "Rehab" singer doesn't deserve it. Cole who was made one of the presenters that night, thinks that it sends a bad message to youth that she won.
"I don't think she should have won," Cole said in a statement. "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. We have to stop rewarding bad behavior."
Cole also reasoned that Winehouse should "get her life together first, and then get the awards later" although she admitted that the Winehouse is "talented" and "gifted".
Winehouse who is in rehab to treat her drug addiction won five categories including Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Song, Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. She appeared at the event via satellite from London, singing "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good" but her performance was rated "fine" by Cole. "Her performance was fine," Cole said. "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."
On the contrary, Winehouse's mom, Janis said that her daughter's performance at the Grammys showed a "way back" for the better. Speaking to GMTV, Janis said, "Well, as you saw, she looks good and it's a case of she's on the road - and that's what it's about - she's on the road to recovery." The singer's rep confirmed that she is an "outpatient" and is still "under medical supervision and the treatment continues."