It’s no secret the legacy of Eddie Van Halen is deserving of every award there is out there, so this isn’t much of a surprise, but still just as welcome for us rock fans. It was hard losing one of the best, 2020 really took a lot of great things away. The best thing we can do is give some of that back to the people who took us all the way through til this year. We could only wish the man himself was here to accept the honor in his own words, but posthumously awarding him, the Museum put it into perspective.

The National Guitar Museum says: “This year, the year of the pandemic, has given us reason to make an exception to our annual presentation. For 2020, we are recognizing Eddie Van Halen as the recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award. It is being awarded, for the first time, in memoriam. It is perhaps fitting that we don’t need to explain why Eddie is deserving of such an honor — everyone who has ever heard his guitar playing knows. Eddie certainly would have received this award at some point in the future, as it seemed that he still had a lifetime of guitar greatness to give. Several of the people we’ve honored over the past decade have left us in the years since we presented them with the award. In this case, however, the sadness of Eddie Van Halen’s passing is somehow harder to accept. Thanks, Eddie. We only wish we could deliver this in person.”