As it turns out, the show's producers asked Eddie's son, Wolfgang, to perform "Eruption," but he declined.
Writing on social media, he says, "I don’t think anyone could have lived up to what my father did for music but himself.
"It was my understanding that there would be an In Memoriam section where bits of songs were performed for legendary artists that had passed. I didn’t realize that they would only show Pop for 15 seconds in the middle of four full performances for others we had lost.
"What hurt the most was that he wasn’t even mentioned when they talked about artists we lost in the beginning of the show. I know rock isn’t the most popular genre right now, (and the Recording Academy does seem a bit out of touch) but I think it’s impossible to ignore the legacy my father left on the instrument, the world of rock, and music in general. There will never be another innovator like him.
"I’m not looking to start some kind of hate parade here, I just wanted to explain my side. I know Pop would probably just laugh it off and say “Eh who gives a [crap]?” He was only about the music anyway. The rest didn’t matter.
"I’d love to get the opportunity to speak with The Recording Academy not only about the legacy of my father, but the legacy of the Rock genre moving forward."
Eddie died last October 6th from cancer. He was 65. Wolfie turns 30 today.
While Eddie was shown playing "Eruption" on the video screen, his red "Frankenstein" guitar was under a spotlight on stage.
A few, at best, C-level musicians, have complained that the 15-second tribute to Eddie Van Halen Sunday night during the Grammy Awards was too short.
Chief among them is former Van Halen singer -- for a second -- Gary Cherone.