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In Memoriam

Posted by Sarah Rodman  February 8, 2009 10:54 PM

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We lost a lot of good ones this year from across the board, and many before their time. Motown and soul music were hit particularly hard. This year the Academy foregoes the applause-o-meter route and goes right into a curiously muted Bo Diddley tribute featuring Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, and Keith Urban. Lots of guitar face and soloing and, apparently, confusion between the players and the sound men over what order in which they're supposed to play. Is that Rickey Minor from the "American Idol" band on bass?

The show is nearly over and it's been fine, but it just doesn't feel like there's been that one transcendent/controversial/unexpected performance that everyone will be talking about tomorrow. Except maybe outrage over the bizarre Wonder-Jonas collab.

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4 comments so far...
  1. Wondering why they left out Leroi Moore, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, who passed away this year. Love them or hate them, they are still a prominent band and former Grammy winners. R.I.P. Leroi!

    Posted by MusicFan February 8, 09 11:08 PM
  1. Good question. Definitely seems like an omission.

    Posted by Sarah Rodman February 8, 09 11:20 PM
  1. Not right that they shunned him. Really disgraceful that they can put up a "piano industry legend", whoever the hell that is, and a photographer, but purposely not put in Leroi? Really disgusting and very upset over this, as are many DMB fans out there.

    Posted by Tracy February 9, 09 03:32 AM
  1. The person who wrote the rap song "Lollipop" was in there, and no recognition to LeRoi, who is a past Grammy winner even!

    Absolutely disgraceful and a completely unacceptable. Let the Recording Academy know you're upset about this so mindless errors like this aren't made in the future.

    Posted by TT39 February 9, 09 08:52 AM

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