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Dave Matthews will be one of many artists honoring Neil Young at the 2010 MusiCareís Person of the Year, according to Rolling Stone. Fellow Farm Aid-er Director John Mellancamp and The Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the announced acts so far.
The item also mentions that artist that often play the MusiCare tribute often play The Grammy's as well. That's RS's little way of saying that they expect Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King to score some nominations. In a year that clearly not strong in music, perhaps DMB will finally land a best Album nomination. And don't forget that the Grammy committee is the most self-serving, point-making group out there. So perhaps this is part of their mea culpa for disregarding LeRoi's passing last year and the subsequent fallout from it. Or maybe they're just finally given DMB credit for putting out a good album.
The Grammy's said... well, I'm not sure what they said. According to their press release, which you can read here, they reason: "Unfortunately we are unable to include all of the talented and wonderful people within the allotted timeframe." So in a three-hour show, it was impossible to shave 30 seconds off some intro by someone, or heaven-forbid drop a 30 second commercial to squeeze in a few more fallen musicians?
As we stated previously, the decision to exclude Roi was made in the pre-production stage of the program. So the 'unable to include' was made about a month or so before the Grammy's even aired. So pretty much the Grammy's are saying, 'We left him out on purpose, it wasn't a mistake.' Now you feel better?
There is still no 'official' word from the good people who honored Allison Krause and Robert Plant for their album no one heard of until it got nominated. The closest thing to an 'official' reply came from the well-respected music blog Bob Lefsetz, which said (via an email), "(Roi Moore) was... named in the In Memoriam section of the program book along with 274 other deceased musicians. They simply can't fit all 275 people on the telecast. When it was brought to the producer's attention that he was missing from the telecast, it was supposedly too late to add him."
DMB wins Grammy in 1997 for So Much To Say.
As for reaction from the band, Dave and Stefan both commented via their Twitter accounts. Matthews commented, "We all know what a great man Mr. Moore was, we remember him," and "The Grammies (sic) are not my cup of tea." Lessard was a bit more blunt, responding to the snub, "It just goes to show how full of s*** the Grammys have become."