Music industry's biggest names attend singer Natalie Cole's funeral

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Some of the music industry's biggest names joined the family and friends of Natalie Cole, as the Grammy-winning singer was laid to rest on Monday. (KABC)

Some of the music industry's biggest names joined the family and friends of Natalie Cole, as the Grammy-winning singer was laid to rest on Monday.

Her funeral started with something the iconic singer was used to receiving - a standing ovation. Then, some of the biggest names in show business paid tribute.

"Peace out and be in his peace. Let him love on you, and you'll say this will be an everlasting love," said singer Smokey Robinson.

Record producer David Foster said working with Cole was unforgettable.

"Sitting behind the piano while she commanded the stage was the perfect vantage point to see how instantly she connected with the audience," he said.

More music legends filled out the crowd, such as Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan.

Natalie Cole died New Year's Eve from heart failure. She was 65.

"She was not just the daughter of Nat King Cole, she was Natalie Cole, a superstar in her own right," said recording artist Lionel Richie.

While the world knew her as an award-winning singer, to her twin sisters, she was "sweetie." To her son, she was "mom."

"She has been, just, amazing to me," her son, Robert Adams, said. "I have cherished every last bit of these 38 years with her."

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