WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Is 'Feeling Pretty Damn Grateful' After Failing To Win GRAMMY AWARD For 'Distance'
April 4, 2022
Former VAN HALEN bassist and current MAMMOTH WVH frontman Wolfgang Van Halen says that he is "feeling pretty damn grateful" after failing to win "Best Rock Song" at the 2022 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (April 3).
Wolfgang, the 31-year-old son of legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen, was nominated for his song "Distance" which he wrote about his late father. The award instead went to FOO FIGHTERS' "Waiting On A War".
"We came, we saw, but we did NOT conquer and that's ok!" Wolfgang wrote on Twitter after the awards ceremony. "I got to have a wonderful night with the two most important women in my world," referencing his girlfriend, Andraia Allsop, and his mom, TV actress and Food Network personality Valerie Bertinelli.
"Such an honor to be nominated for the first song I ever released on my own, in a category with artists I've looked up to my entire life. I don't know if that'll ever fully set in.
"Pop didn't win the first time he was nominated too, so it looks like I'm following in his footsteps quite nicely," he continued.
"Who knows what the future holds. All I know is I'm feeling pretty damn grateful. What a wild experience this was.
"Thank you to @recordingacademy for the recognition, and thank YOU for the support. Y'all mean the world to me."
Bertinelli told Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet that she was proud of her son.
"It is really emotional," she said. "I mean, the song that Wofie wrote is absolutely stunning, gorgeous and it's really beautiful that he was honored for it, and for songwriting."
Wolfgang said that his dad would also be proud, but clarified: "He would be losing his mind, but also, at the same time, he would be, like, 'duh,' because that's how much he believed in me."
In a separate interview with People, Wolfgang said: "I just try to respect my father's memory in everything that I do. Everything that I do in music is for him. So, I just do the best I can and I make sure I try to make him proud in everything I do."
MAMMOTH WVH's debut album was released in June 2021 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.
Wolfgang wrote all the songs and performed all the instrumentation and vocals on the LP.
This past February, MAMMOTH WVH and DIRTY HONEY launched their "Young Guns" co-headlining tour.
MAMMOTH WVH's current touring lineup features Wolfgang on guitar and lead vocals, Jon Jourdan on guitar and vocals, Garrett Whitlock (TREMONTI) on drums, and Ronnie Ficarro on bass.
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