Grammys To Angry LeRoi Moore Fans: “We Only Memorialized Him For People Who Were Invited To The Show”

noah | February 11, 2009 11:00 am

The controversy over departed Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore being left out of the Grammys’ “In Memoriam” video package Sunday night continued to burn this morning, with Matthews himself saying “I don’t care much for anything about the Grammies” on his Twitter account. (Burn!) Meanwhile, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president Neil Portnow has released a statement claiming that Moore was remembered by his organization, just not in televised form:

“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 basically all you people getting all Internet-angry about this? You just weren’t in the know enough to see the tribute; you would have seen him memorialized if you rated enough to get a ticket to the show. Feel better?

Fans angry over Moore Grammy snub [BBC]