Grammy organisers have been criticised by fans after they failed to include Dave Matthews saxophonist LeRoi Moore in a video obituary section.

Moore died aged 46 after a vehicle accident on his farm last August but despite having played an integral part in the huge success of multiple Grammy nominees The Dave Matthews Band, was not included in the Recording Academy's annual 'In Memoriam' segment.

Fans have set up a Facebook group and online petition at Moore's omission while Dave Matthews commented via his Twitter blog.

"We all know what a great man Mr Moore was, we remember him," he said.

"The Grammies [sic] are not my cup of tea."

In a statement, Grammy president Neil Portnow commented: "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 recognises Moore's contributions to music and music education and we are deeply saddened by his premature passing."


11/02/2009 14:48:42