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Legendary guitarist EDDIE VAN HALEN was included in Sunday night’s “In Memoriam” segment at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, where The Recording Academy paid tribute to musicians who died in the past year. For Eddie’s segment, the iconic guitarists name flashed across the screen over a clip of him playing while a spotlight shone on his iconic  guitar set up on a stand.

And that’s it.

Soon after, onetime VAN HALEN singer Gary Cherone tweeted: “Maybe an Artist that reimagined how one plays an instrument, who continues to influence generations of musicians and, literally changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll deserves more than fifteen seconds at the Grammys? #LongLiveTheKing”.

Radio personality Eddie Trunk also chimed in on the “tribute”, sharing a video of it with the accompanying message: “So in a more than 3 hour show this is all the @recordingacademy #grammys could muster for an ICON?! I am beyond outraged and disgusted. New lows even by Grammy standards!! They had 5 months to do something! @wolfvanhalen had a # 1 rock song that he could have played. Could have had a guitarist do Eruption. Could have said his name in the open when you did mention artists who died. This is pathetic! But sadly expected with this organization who are nothing but a popularity contest. Lost for rock since they gave [JETHRO] TULL the Grammy over METALLICA. But truly a new low in disrespect tonight. Astonishing”.

Then ya got FOZZY singer Chris Jericho who apparently missed the Eddie tribute altogether, tweeting: “Hey @RecordingAcad …no tribute to @eddievanhalen tonight? You and your bullshit awards can GO FUCK YOUR ASS!! And don’t ever try to give my band a nomination. I’d rather win a @RazzieAwards … #FuckOffGrammys #Grammys”.

Eddie passed away after a battle with cancer last October.  He was 65.  And despite the Grammy Awards almost insulting tribute to the musical icon, he forever changed the way we hear the electric guitar.

Oh, and fuck the Grammys.


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