Grammy Awards criticized over "15-second" Eddie Van Halen tribute

Eddie Van Halen
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UPDATE (03.16.21): Since the ceremony, Wolfgang Van Halen has revealed he was asked to play Eruption in tribute to his father, but declined. More on that story here.

Former Van Halen vocalist Gary Cherone has voiced his disappointment of the Grammy Award’s muted tribute to late electric guitar legend Eddie Van Halen, commenting that the man who “reimagined how one plays an instrument deserves more than fifteen seconds" at the ceremony.

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Matt Owen
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Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.