Unlike music legends David Bowie, Maurice White, Glenn Frey, and Lionel Richie, Cole's contribution to music was noted in the Grammys in Memoriam segment rather than a single tribute to the late singer.
"We lost so many greats but Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist deserved a tribute #Grammys #BHM," actress Holly Robinson Peete tweeted after the awards show.
CNN correspondent Chris Witherspoon echoed similar sentiments, tweeting "Natalie Cole…9 Grammys and only gets a photo in a remembrance montage. David Bowie…1 Grammy and he received a 7 minute tribute #GRAMMYs."
Natalie Cole... 9 Grammys and only gets a photo in remembrance montage. David Bowie...1 Grammy and he received a 7 minute tribute. #GRAMMYs— Chris Witherspoon (@WitherspoonC) February 16, 2016
Along with Peete and Witherspoon, fans also aired their concerns on Twitter.
Cole died on Dec. 31 after battling a rare lung disease. She was 65.