National Guitar Museum has named Eddie Van Halen as their Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2020.

Every year for more than a decade, the museum has saluted a living guitarist who has contributed significantly to the legacy of the guitar. The guidelines state that the person must have been a performing or recording artist whose talents and career inspired and influenced other guitar players. For the first time, it is being awarded in memoriam.

The museum made this statement: “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.”

They conclude with, “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.”

Some of the past winners have included Bonnie Raitt (2017), Roger McGuinn (2011), B.B. King (2012), Tony Iommi (2015), and Glen Campbell (2016.)

FAST FACTS

Eddie Van Halen passed away October 6.
He co-founded Van Halen.
Was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
In 1982, he made his first guitar endorsement by launching the 5150 Baretta model with Kramer.

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