Eddie Van Halen was honored at the Billboard Music Awards 2020 that took place in Los Angeles, October 14th.
The show played a clip of Van Halen performing the smash hit “Panama” at the Billboard Music Awards from 2015, followed by a single shot of a a lone Frankenstrat guitar on stage in a spotlight.
Pop singer Kelly Clarkson, who hosted the program, paid tribute to Eddie at the ceremony, saying
“Just a few days ago, a true giant was taken from us: Eddie Van Halen. He was a legendary guitarist, an amazing musician and an incredible songwriter.” After the performance of “Panama”, she added: “That moment is one that all who saw will always remember.”