Originally, I told my management “No” when asked to do this tribute. I just wanted to record one of her songs on my Nostalgia Project and honor Ms. Natalie Cole my own way. It was my mom who yelled at me and insisted that I do it. Ms. Natalie was one of the few celebrities to take me under her wing. She always checked on me and invited me to her events. Emotionally, this was the hardest tribute I’ve ever been asked to do. I had to keep thinking of her smile to keep from falling apart. Rehearsals were tough; I kept my shades on so that no one could see my red eyes. Sigh….I love you Ms. Nat.
Adam Blackstone, thank you to you and your team for being beyond amazing. It was an honor to be on the stage with you tributing our Legend. Thank you @iamdebralee @stephengranthill @jessecollinsent and everyone at @bet for trusting me. I’m so glad I listened to my mama and participated in this years BET Honors. Thank you to all the honorees for giving so much of your lives to this world. You inspire us all. God Bless.❤
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