Amy Winehouse criticized by Natalie Cole

February 12th, 2008 // 97 Comments

Multiple Grammy winner Natalie Cole made a stink yesterday to People about Amy Winehouse’s wins at the Grammys:

“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,” said Cole, 58. “We have to stop rewarding bad behavior.”

This would be all well and good if Natalie Cole didn’t have a long history of crack use according to her Wikipedia bio:

Cole continued to spiral out of control – including one incident where she refused to evacuate a burning building, and another where her young son Robert nearly drowned in the family swimming pool while she and her first husband, the late Reverend Marvin Yancy, were on a drug binge.

Natalie Cole won a bunch of Grammys and was a crackhead, so I think it’s only fair that Amy Winehouse gets to win a bunch and also be a crackhead. People in the music biz do drugs. Just like all of us in the blogging business make our own moonshine and love strippers. Or maybe that’s just me. I dunno. I’m not invited to the Bloggers Guild meetings* anymore. Not after I showed up blitzed on bathtub gin with a one-armed stripper that turned out to be a dude. Which explained the moustache.

*There is no such thing as a Bloggers Guild. Such an organization would require us to convene in public and actually wear pants. I’ll die first.

Photos: Bauer-Griffin

  1. veggi

    You mean Natalie King Kong. Seriously, she’s one soulful ape.

  2. veggi

    dang it – I was first and I forgot to add “you miserable stinking cunts” at the end of my comment

  3. JuryIsOut

    The Grammys will ask Fish posters what they think long before they will take into account what Natalie “dead music” Cole has to say.

  4. Auntie Kryst

    What the fuck is Natalie on about? Isn’t the the whole point for a woman that wants to be a R&B/soul singer to become a junkie? Billie Holiday didn’t fuck around. She shone brightly then spiraled into drug abuse. Man, that’s what your supposed to do. Be a bright but brief light, then grow old and sing at smoky old piano bars. A camel in one hand and a glass a scotch in the other. It’s like cool man. Ya dig? Conk ca chonk conk conk a chonk.

  5. You know…fuck Natalie Cole. Way to be a hypocrite. Good job, dumb bitch. Amy Winehouse has an enormous amount of talent. She has some problems. You know, i’ve had problems in my past…but hope that no one decides to make assumptions as to who I am based on the shady things I’ve done in my past.

    I’m happy as hell Amy won those Grammys….she deserved them…fame gives people the means to keep habits alive. And hopefully she can get past that.

  6. i love amy

    her boobies arent that big.

  7. The real question isn’t why Amy won Grammy’s and is a crackhead, the question is why she won at all???

  8. sicasso

    Pot, meet Kettle. Commence firing.

  9. Ted from LA

    Her drug habit was unforgettable.

  10. Rat

    Billie Holiday and Natalie Cole both have talent. Whinyhouse sucks! But death becomes her!

  11. veggiwhore

    @1 and @2 – nice dipshit.

    and because you can totally believe EVERYTHING you read on wikipedia.

  12. deaconjones

    I hate apes.

  13. grrrrr

    hey Nat Eat shit and die

  14. Can I have it back?

  15. but at least she looks really nice with it there.

  16. cdubya

    Since when do the awards reflect behavior? It isn’t like there is a grammy for most well mannered musician Natalie, you silly hag, quit mugging and stup up already. Oh and make your career without raping your fathers in the process… oops too late.

  17. hey dinks

    That crap on wiki is from her autobiography.

  18. FFSWTF

    It’s not about her drug problems or if she’s a sailor travesti, the amazing thing is how can Amy ‘Whiner’house won not just 1, but 5 Grammys.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Amy-hater, it’s just she doesn’t seem that wonderful to me.

    All this crap just proves that like the Oscars, the Grammys are a stinky big fraud.

  19. jevermops

    winehouse is totally overrated … just yet another bitch with soul-voice

  20. rockdust

    I never thought I’d ever defend Amy Winehouse, but who the fuck judges music by whether or not you’re a druggie?! Some of the best music has come from people in a drugged state. Grammy’s are NOT meant to pick fucking role models!

  21. tommygun

    Natalie is pissed because a White Jew from London can out sing her old wrinkly ass. Let me guess, only Barak Osama Obama is allowed to sing soulfull, jazzy, blues type music now, because he’s an authentic negro.

  22. I don’t think she should have won any grammys either. Not because she’s a druggie, but because she sucks ass..

    Whatever. Is she 27 yet? She’ll be dead by then

  23. Soulful Ape (featuring Oprah's Gorilla Butthole)

    Amy looks good to an industry trying to find something new and edgy that has nothing to do with rap.

  24. RS

    lmao@all the anon internet music critics! Amy Winehouse is a fairly standard “new traditionalist” in music. She’s got her own story in her lyrics, but when she sings (when sober) it’s instantly identifiable with some famous dead jazz singers. Critics love that shit, at least at first, but then they always question whether the singer is an original after all. They’ll do that with Amy on her next album. Good to see she’s cashing in now.

  25. Frank Lucas' Bitch

    That’s like trashing Pink Floyd because most of their songs were written when they were on crack. So?
    Oh wait…did I just compare Amy Winehouse to Pink Floyd? I mean, she’s pretty talented but… oh no. Oh. My. God. *jumps out of a building*

  26. Fish is that “one-armed stripper that turned out to be a dude. (Which explained the moustache)” the same person as the one hanging out with Lindsay in the post below? Because that would explain a lot.

    You should upgrade, I hear Oompa colored, freckled crack addict actess/ stripers are a real bargain right now.

  27. tn

    It’s funny — I like Winehouse for being a crazy rock star. Her suffering gives her work its poignancy and strength. And she looks really fit and healthy for a crack head.

  28. Lisa

    What the hell!
    Stop misconstruing what celebrities say.

    Had any of you done some research on what Natalie said, you would have realized that she admitted to her past drug use, and warns Amy of letting that habit consumer her. This is what she said:

    “I’m going on record as an artist who is able to critique [Amy Winehouse]. I think she has a great talent, but I don’t agree with the Grammys giving her those nods. I think it sends the wrong message, that even in the midst of her stupor of drugs she can get nominated for all these awards. It’s a slap in the face to musicians and artists who work very hard that they turn around and give it to someone who really obviously doesn’t have a grasp of what she has. I’ve been in this business over 25 years and I sacrificed five years of my own life on drugs and almost lost my life because of it. So I take great offence to almost see someone getting glory out of being in the position that they’re in – she needs to get her life together and embrace her craft, she will lose it if she doesn’t get it together.”

  29. Gerald_Tarrant

    I think Amy is not that bad in studio. I’ve heard her live 5 times now and have yet to hear her sound anything but shitty. Some voices need the post production that a studio offers. Amy Crackhead is one of them.

  30. Alice

    She’s not an overdubbed pop “singer” or a fucking rap monkey, so without hearing any of her music, I think she’s great. Everybody who’s trashing her music should chill out, put the earplugs back in, and tune your ipod to your fav Justin Timberlake or Kanye West song. Both of them are true princesses.

  31. tommygun


  32. havoc

    They’re both ugly ass junkies…..who gives a fuck?


  33. Doomhammer

    Well if that aint a nig*er calling the pot a kettle

  34. Lisa Swallows

    #28 – She’s still wrong. If the Grammy voters thought her work was the best this year, it should get awards. If they don’t give them because of some type of moral judgment about her, then they’re lying to her and to whatever “first-runner-up” sap they give the awards to. Natalie’s deeply pissed about what she lost in life because she was a degenerate druggie, and she’s taking that out on Amy. With such a weak grip on all that resentment, it doesn’t really seem like she’s cured.

  35. D. Richards (Surgeon.)

    Racism! Racism!

    Natalie Cole is just irritated that some Jewish girl beat out Kanye West for a couple of awards. ‘Kanye momma’ dies and the whole world wants to give him the key. I honestly think that Kans masterminded his rot-tooth-faced, ugly mother’s demise to coincide with The Grammies; just to win a couple of awards.

    Natalie Cole, what a hypocritical bitch. Her father would be ashamed.

  36. Dog the Bounty Hunter

    Hey #33, I think what you meant to say is “If that aint the pot calling the nig*ger a kettle”.

    Btw, catch my new show on Hawaii local cable access channel 89 saturday nights at 2A.M.

  37. vw

    That blows..

  38. Mick

    I’d fuck Amy. Don’t get me wrong, it would have to be a one-time thing when I’m in a perfect storm of mixed drugs, extreme horniness, and much more than the usual self-loathing. But…she’s pungent, hairy, wired, desperate, needy, and unaware of a single inhibition. It’d be the most horribly wonderful awful intense traumatizing are-we-even-human sex of your life. How can you pass that up?

  39. Cannot Get Addicted

    I hope winning a Grammy inspires Amy to get help and stop her drug problem. I tried crack once and the high is not a big deal and it does not last very long. I wanted to find out why all my friends were turning into crack heads back in the 80s. It is too bad people cannot enjoy life or getting a simple buzz from two glasses of wine or pot.

  40. Adolf H.

    Damn it, if I knew they’d fight among themselves, I wouldn’t have bothered to buy all those gas ovens.

  41. Get off my lawn!

    Lisa- Now that I have read the whole quote I can honestly say that Natalie should shut the fuck up. She just sounds like an out of touch oldster carping about “those damn kids!” Her criticism only makes her look foolish.
    Oh and #9 Ted, subtle and perfect.

  42. amma

    The only reason anyone knows Natalie Cole exists is because she made a name for herself capitalizing on her dead father. All the way up to and including making a video where they appear to sing together. Sick. Natalie has no vocal range at all and no ability to create or buy decent song material {oh, except for the built-in hits of her dead dad}. Yeah, they are both crack-heads…but one’s got talent. Can you guess who?

  43. Al Sharpton

    A nig accusing a jew of unjustly corning the market on bling. Oh that’s original.

  44. Al Sharpton

    (by the way, “corning the market” refers to when you leave a steaming cornholio in the toilet at the 7-11)

  45. ranish

    And if Natalie Cole was not the privileged daughter of a well-loved singer, she would be a total nobody. At least Amy got where she is because of her own work, and not riding on the coattails of her dead dad like Natalie did. And one more thing, the Grammy’s don’t give awards for Crackhead of the Year. If they did, Natalie would have gotten the very first one.

  46. The Grammy’s are about music and talent, not lifestyle. And no one can deny that Amy is talented.

    Nice new boobs, Amy!

  47. Amy won because...

    the Zionists love here! If she were Goy (scum sub-human) she would be an unknown and would only be singing karioke. She has a horrible one dimensional voice and her lyrics are primitive. She is a dirty drug addled filthy nasty whore and nothing more. I hope she ODs.

  48. D. Richards (Assless.)

    #46? ‘Talent’, yeah, right…

    May I remind you, Britney Spears’s won a couple of Grammies. Right.

    Amy’s an anomaly.


    What’s the rag-on against Natalie Cole? She’s lived through precisely what Amy Winehouse is going through right now, and lived to tell the tale. Maybe Amy won’t survive her addictions, she wouldn’t be the first. Natalie Cole has the right to say these things, or nobody does. She’s basically saying the industry rewards bad-behavior, and who can deny it? Amy’s been clean long enough to perform for the Grammys. Now let’s see what she does next week and next month before we say Natalie is so wrong.

  50. misery bunny

    #38: Just think — she could work your cock between those gaps in her teef! *high five!!!!

    her tits are all water bra. both she and paris could run straight into a five inch breast level pike and not feel a thing. except their waters breaking.

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