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Grammys in memoriam snubs Central New York musician, others 2/6/2023 Geoff Herbert,

The 2023 Grammy Awards in memoriam left out a Central New York musician Sunday night.

The Grammys tribute to stars who died this past year included heartfelt performances by Kacey Musgraves, Migos rapper Quavo and Sheryl Crow with Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt. Names and pictures that flashed on the screen behind them included Loretta Lynn, Christine McVie, Takeoff, Andy Fletcher, Lisa Marie Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Naomi Judd, Jeff Beck, Olivia Newton-John, Coolio, DJ Stephen “Twitch” Boss, David Crosby, Irene Cara, Bobby Rydell, Motown singer Barrett Strong, and more.

But music’s biggest night still left out some big names, including pop singer Aaron Carter, Faithless frontman Maxi Jazz and CNY’s Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown. Carter’s name was included on a longer list on the Recording Academy’s website, but Jazz and Brown were still snubbed entirely.

Simmonds, who led the blues-rock band Savoy Brown for more than 50 years, died in Syracuse on Dec. 13 at 75. He sang and played guitar and harmonica in Savoy Brown, Blues Express and as a solo artist. Savoy Brown released more than 40 albums since forming in London in the 1960′s, including popular songs like “Hellbound Train,” “Tell Mama” and “I’m Tired” and “I’m Tired - Where Am I,” and toured the world. Simmonds remained the only constant member.

Simmonds — originally from Wales — moved to Oswego County in 1992 and made CNY his home, performing at local venues and events like Oswego’s Harborfest.

“Upstate New York gave me my new life and helped me escape the nuttiness of life,” he told Forbes in 2019. “Winter goes on forever, but love conquers all. I fell in love with my wife who hails from the area, and we’ve been happily married for 28 years.”

Fans also took offense to the Grammys leaving out Carter, who had hits like “Aaron’s Party (Come and Get It)” and was the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, and Jazz, who was an influential DJ, rapper and EDM musician known for songs like “God is a DJ” and “Insomnia.”

Some social media users also complained about leaving out Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, but Hawkins was honored at last year’s Grammys. He died at age 50 on March 25, a week before the 2022 Grammy Awards aired.

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