By Alex Shapiro
Dave Matthews Band fans watching the action-packed Grammys on Sunday night may have cause to be upset — and it wasn’t because DMB didn’t win any awards. DMB saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who died in August due to complications from an ATV accident, was not included in the “In Memoriam” section of the show, which honored legendary sound mixers, producers and musicians.
Today the Recording Academy’s president, Neil Portnow, issued a statement regarding Moore’s absence from the televised tribute.
“Nearly 250 members of our music community have passed in the last year, and all of them have been listed in the program book for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, including LeRoi Moore,” he said. “For the ‘Encore’ segment of our annual Grammy Awards telecast, unfortunately we are unable to include all of the talented and wonderful people within the allotted time frame. The Academy recognizes Moore’s contributions to music and music education, and we are deeply saddened by his premature passing.”
Fans have shown their outrage toward Moore’s omission on fan sites like AntsMarching.org as well as various Facebook groups. Bandmembers have even released statements through their Twitter pages. Matthews wrote, “We all know what a great man Mr. Moore was, we remember him.” And bassist Stefan Lessard wrote, “It just goes to show how full of sh– the Grammys have become.”