By Alex Shapiro
Dave Matthews fans are angry with the Grammys because band co-founder and saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who died in August, was excluded from the show’s annual “In Memoriam” segment. While the exclusion of more recent passings, such as Cramps singer Lux Interior and Stooges guitarist Ron Ashton, might have been understandable, Moore was clearly overlooked. Granted, the Grammys had a challenging show last night for well-publicized reasons, but for fans, it’s hard not to take this as a slight. The band has not only sold millions of albums and performed for countless fans, they have been nominated for multiple Grammys and won one (Matthews himself won an additional Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 2004). We understand the challenges of putting on a live awards show — believe us, we understand! — but it seems the Academy could have spared some shine for this gifted and much-missed musician.
Spokespeople for the Grammys were not available for comment at press time.