Wolfgang Van Halen has received his first Grammy nomination!
The Recording Academy announced today (November 23rd) that the Mammoth WVH track “Distance” is up for Best Rock Song. Wolfgang took to social media shortly after receiving the news.
“Holy s— I just got nominated for a Grammy,” posted Wolfgang to his Twitter page.
Holy shit I got just nominated for a Grammy https://t.co/GSJGcaOO4Y— Wolf Van Halen ? ? ? (@WolfVanHalen) November 23, 2021
Wolfgang will be going up against Weezer’s “All My Favorite Songs”, Kings of Leon’s “The Bandit”, Paul McCartney’s “Find My Way” and Foo Fighters’ “Waiting On A War”.
The 64th GRAMMY Awards recognize recordings released between September 1st, 2020 and September 30th, 2021. “Distance”, released on November 16th, 2020, debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart on the week of November 28th, 2020 and hit #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart on February 23rd, 2021.
It would be extra special for Wolfgang to win the Grammy for this particular song. Not only is it his first-ever single, he also wrote it as a tribute to his father Eddie.
“Distance” is a song that I wrote between 2013 and 2015,” Wolfgang told Songfacts’ Greg Prato. “My father had struggled with his health a lot throughout the years, and it was a song that came out during one of the darker times, where it was my brain playing a scenario of what it would be like if I didn’t have him in my life, and being able to focus on the idea that while we may not be together at some point, we’re never really that far apart.”
The 2022 GrammyAwards show will air on Monday, January 31st, on CBS and stream live and on demand on Paramount+ from 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT.