Wolfgang Van Halen didn’t win a Grammy trophy Sunday, but he did go home with some great memories.
In an Instagram post, the Mammoth WVH reflects on his “wild experience” during ”Music’s Biggest Night,’ alongside a photo of him at the ceremony with his mother, actor Valerie Bertinelli, and his girlfriend.
“We came, we saw, but we did NOT conquer and that’s OK!” Wolf writes in the caption. “I got to have a wonderful night with the two most important women in my world.”
Wolf’s track “Distance” — which was released as his debut Mammoth WVH single in honor of his late father, the iconic Eddie Van Halen — was nominated for Best Rock Song, but it lost out to “Waiting on a War” by Foo Fighters. Other nominees included songs by Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon and Weezer.
“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,” Wolf writes. “I don’t know if that’ll ever fully set in.”
He adds, “Pop didn’t win the first time he was nominated too, so it looks like I’m following in his footsteps quite nicely.”
Eddie’s first Grammy nomination came during the 1985 ceremony, where Van Halen‘s “Jump” was up for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. He was also nominated that year for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for his song “Donut City.” Eddie and Van Halen would eventually win their first — and only — Grammy in 1992 in the Best Hard Rock Performance category, for For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
“Who knows what the future holds,” Wolf says. “All I know is I’m feeling pretty damn grateful. What a wild experience this was.”
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