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- Posted on Feb 12th 2009 12:00PM by Steve Baltin
Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moroe died last August after complications from injuries he suffered in an ATV accident. But Moore did not make the list of faces and names showcased during the Grammys' 'In Memoriam' segment last Sunday. And it's a snub DMB fans are rallying against with online petitions that demand an apology.
NARAS President Neil Portnow responded to the criticism, saying in a statement, "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. 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 timeframe. The Academy recognizes Moore's contributions to music and music education, and we are deeply saddened by his premature passing."
That may not be enough though for Dave Matthews, who said through his Twitter account, "We know what a great man Mr. Moore was. We remember him." He added, "The Grammies [sic] are not my cup of tea. I won't go unless I have to."
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