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Wolfgang Van Halen, nicknamed “Wolf” by his fans, feels “very grateful” for his very first Grammy nomination.
The son of legendary rocker Eddie Van Halen was nominated for Best Rock Song on Sunday Night. The 31-year-old track, “Distance,” was written about his late father and founding member of Van Halen. The prize went to “Waiting on a War” by the Foo Fighters.
The musician took to Instagram after the loss and explained how happy he was to even receive the nomination among his favorite artists.
“We came, we saw, but we did NOT overcome and that’s fine!” Wolf captioned a photo of himself on the red carpet alongside his mother, Valerie Bertinelli, and girlfriend Andraia Allsop.
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“I had a wonderful night with the two most important women in my world,” Wolf shared. “It’s such an honor to be nominated for the first song I’ve ever released alone, in a category with artists I’ve looked up to all my life. I don’t know if that will ever settle. “
“Pop also didn’t win the first time he was nominated, so I seem to be following in his footsteps pretty well,” he continued. “Who knows what the future holds. All I know is that I feel so damn grateful. What a crazy experience it was.”
“Thank you @recordingacademy for the recognition and thank you for the support,” Wolf concluded in his post. “You mean the world to me.”
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The 64th Annual Grammy Awards took place in Las Vegas. Before the ceremony, Bertinelli told People magazine on the red carpet that she could feel her ex-husband’s presence and noted how proud he would have been of his son’s accomplishments.
“There’s only one other person who would be prouder than me,” the actress said. “And it’s almost impossible, but it would be Ed. I feel it so badly right now. He’s here with us. He is. I’m not gonna make you cry too, baby. But yeah. He’s here. . Thanks, Ed. It’s fun.”
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The guitar icon died in 2020 aged 65 from cancer.
“I’m so grateful to Wolfie and me for being able to hold you in your final moments,” Bertinelli, 61, wrote on Instagram, showing an image of their baby, at the time of the star’s death. “I will see you in our next life.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.