Recording Academy Statement reguarding LeRoi Moore
The DMB community is still stirring from Sunday nights Grammys. LeRoi Moore was not included in the "Encore" video montage during the Grammys telecast. A segment which honors musicians and artists who have passed away in the past year.
Fans are demanding an apology, but may have to settle for a "excuse" instead.
The Recording Academy responded to the abundance of complaints in the past few days and issued a statement that reads:
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009
"When LeRoi Moore passed in August 2008, The Recording Academy® issued the following statement: 'GRAMMY® winner LeRoi Moore was a versatile and inventive saxophonist. A classically trained musician, his love of jazz infused the Dave Matthews Band's music with jazz and funk overtones that helped define the group's eclectic and signature sound. His untimely passing is a loss to music fans everywhere, and our heartfelt sympathies go out to the band, his family and all who were moved by his music.'
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."
So there was not enough time to include a musician who has had 12 nominations and 1 win during his career?