Eddie Van Halen was included during the “In Memoriam” segment of last night’s broadcast of the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. However, fans were none too impressed with what they saw.
EVH’s moment consisted of his iconic Frankenstrat guitar appearing on stage under a spotlight while his solo “Eruption” played.
Many people took to Twitter to lament about the tribute or what was considered a lack thereof. Here are some notable reactions.
So I know this is going to sound very Gen X but ...— Capital Chick (@acapitalchick) March 15, 2021
Eddie Van Halen deserved a bit more than that. How many kids in the 80s picked up a guitar and wanted to be him?
My 9 year old said why couldn’t Slash have done a tribute and I honestly would’ve sobbed. pic.twitter.com/xolJSRUc6G
Saw the #GRAMMY tribute for Eddie Van Halen.— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) March 15, 2021
The best we could do was a fly-by shot of his guitar with some music playing in the background?
A literal guitar virtuoso, one of the greatest musicians to ever walk the planet.
I know electric guitars are all but forbidden on the Grammys, but Eddie Van Halen deserved more than that. Just saying.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) March 15, 2021
Eddie Van Halen deserved more than 17 seconds at the Grammy’s— m.usher (@CoolTrainerMike) March 15, 2021
🎸Eddie Van Halen deserves a much better tribute. 🎸 pic.twitter.com/sFbZzTPzZk— Nirvanafan420 (@Nirvanafan4201) March 15, 2021
Eddie Van Halen, among the greatest guitarists of all time, gets a 7 second tribute. #GRAMMYs— Jeff (@jglow43) March 15, 2021
Eddie Van Halen was possibly the greatest & most innovative guitarist of all time (aside from Hendrix or Les Paul), a music icon & that’s how the Grammys paid tribute to him? What a shame, it’s just indicative of the ineptitude behind whoever runs this deteriorating event. pic.twitter.com/EpUxAgXlHg— Naser (@NaserMestarihi) March 15, 2021
Are freaking kidding me?? #GRAMMYs— Simon Phillips (@SimonPhillipsOz) March 15, 2021
You mentioned only THREE artists lost to us in 2020 and one was NOT Eddie Van Halen. Seriously. @RecordingAcad you have deliberately ignored rock music this past decade BUT tonights snub is unforgivable.#grammys2021 you are a joke. pic.twitter.com/SUQBgatKm7