Natalie Cole To Amy Winehouse: You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby

  • Singer Natalie Cole – who is no stranger to the nose candy, let’s keep it real here – criticizes Amy Winehouse‘s Grammy wins: “We have to stop rewarding bad behavior,” the 58-year-old said. “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. Her performance was fine. I don’t take anything away from her talent. I just feel like she’s stepping into a place that she hasn’t earned yet.” So is Old Girl ready to give back her 1975 Grammys for Best New Artist and Best R&B Female Vocal for “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” – both of which Natalie won at 25 (only a year older than Amy is now)? And while Natalie’s a great singer, she might still be scatting in smoke-filled bars if she weren’t Nat “King” Cole‘s daughter.(Daily Mail)
  • Amy Winehouse’s mum Janis says she’s “on the road to recovery.” Janis also says Winehouse was better off not showing up at the Grammys: “I think it would have been too much for her because all of the travelling and flying there. I mean seeing what the Grammys were like, I thought if Amy were there, she’d be a little girl lost in it.” Yeah, and that interminable Beatles tribute almost had me reaching for the illegal substance myself.(BBC)
  • Meet Professor Johnny Marr.(Guardian)
  • Some of Radiohead‘s North American tour stops actually have – gasp! – dates.(Gigwise)
  • Mark Ronson previews his BRIT performance: “Well, I know that I’m going to try and fit a few songs into my modest five-minute time slot. I don’t think we do the medleys enough anymore. I can see the reviews the next day: ‘Obnoxious Ronson crams four songs into five minutes!’ I think it’ll be fun – I always get bored when I listen to the same song for too long. Adele and Daniel Merriweather are going to be part of the performance, but hopefully there will be some more special guests too.”(Digital Spy)
  • Scary and Ginger Spice didn’t get on so well back in the day, Mel B. reveals.(Daily Mail)
  • Lily Allen refutes reports that fans in the studio audience left the taping of her new chat show due to boredom. They simply had to catch their trains, which actually doesn’t seem like a better excuse.(NME)
  • Can Lily and Charlotte Church be the saviors of the celeb chat show? See the NME link above.(Guardian)
  • Now we know what Robbie Williams sees in her: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson shows off her guns.(Daily Mail)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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