2016 began with the sad news that legendary R&B singer Natalie Cole had passed away at 65. The late singer, also the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, accomplished a great deal during her lengthy career, including winning nine Grammy awards and becoming a major star in her own right with the release of her debut album “Inseparable” in 1976. She was also the first black musician to win the Grammy for Best new Artist that same year. Her hit single “Unforgettable” from 1991 is a duet with her late father and saw some air time during the 2016 Grammy telecast. The clip was included a minute-and-a-half long video tribute to other fallen stars. Many viewers expressed their dissatisfaction with the tribute, including the singer’s sisters Casey and Tomlin Cole as well as her son, Robert Adam Yancy. “Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist, such as our sister”, the two said in a statement. Robert Adam Yancy told Entertainment Tonight, “Here is a woman who has been in the business for four decades, had 21 Grammy nominations and won nine. She deserves more than a minute-and-a-half tribute. It’s shameless the way they minimized her legacy. We will find solace in her legacy as well as her endless fans around the world.” The Grammys responded to the comments and stands by its decision to honor the singer in the manner they did. One would expect nothing less. According to Gothamist, hip hop icon, Rakim will hit the B.B. King stage to perform his debut album (with Eric B.) in its entirety. Released in 1987, “Paid In Full” has been heralded as an influential hip hop classic and features the hit single of the same name. The album peaked at No. 58 on the Billboard 200, and is often sited as one of the greatest rap albums of all time. Rakim will perform on July 13 and will also play the Brooklyn Bowl on Feb. 27. Tickets for Rakim’s throwback concert will go on sale tomorrow. While not available for purchase, Beyoncé’s “Formation”, which she released via You Tube on Feb. 6 and performed at Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, is off to a running start on R&B/hip hop radio. Although the song hasn’t been promoted to radio stations by its label, Columbia, the song has become Beyoncé’s highest career debut on the R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart (dated Feb 27), entering the chart at No. 11 with 16.3 million in audience (from 88 stations that played the song), according to Nielsen Music. No doubt there’s more to come.