Natalie Cole Slams Winehouse Wins

Green is such a bad color for Natalie Cole. 

A former substance abuser herself, Nat felt the need to publicly diss Amy Winehouse's Grammy bonanza, saying that it sets a bad example to honor someone who was all drugged up while they made good music.

"I'm going on record as an artist who is able to critique her. 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. Rehab is no joke, I was there for six months."

Hey Nat -- who asked you? The Grammys are about making the best music -- not who the best person is. And, anyway, Amy is finally getting the help she needs, so back off.

That's right -- I'm defending Amy! It feels good.

Check out our Best & Worst of the Grammys slide show.

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