The Trent Reznor Grammys 2014 performance was cut short as the credits started to roll, and the Nine Inch Nails (NIN) frontman is rather upset about it. Trent Reznor probably spent more years perfecting his art than most bands (including one of the winners) have been around, and the way last night’s show treated his performance was seen as little more than blatant disrespect.
Nine Inch Nails has been prominent on the charts since 1988, making Trent Reznor a music superstar as their song “Closer” became a controversial hit. Further success made them a force to be reckoned with as songs like “Down In It” and “Head Like a Hole” hit the radio waves. Reznor even had a successful run solo, leading to songs like “Only.” Reznor’s influence was even the launching point for Brian Warner, more commonly known as Marilyn Manson.
The infamous Trent Reznor Twitter post last night dropped the F-bomb as the rock veteran recounted the significance of the Grammys 2014 treatment toward his performance. He wasn’t alone, either. The NIN frontman was just part of an all-star band which also included Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, and Lindsay Buckingham and Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. They were performing “Copy of A” to close the ceremony, and it was supposed to be an epic finish. However, when the credits started rolling partway through it and eventually cut it off entirely, it didn’t sit well with Trent Reznor.
After seeing what the Grammys 2014 did to what could have been a big finish, Reznor took to Twitter to vent his frustrations.
Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) January 27, 2014
Backstage, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow had told reporters:
“We save the end slot for something that is a bit of a jam, because you can have the energy go and then it’s just a matter of the clock.”
It seems according to Trent Reznor’s Twitter response that the NIN frontman wasn’t given that information. In fact, skeptics might even claim it could have been payback after Reznor’s statement in 2011:
“Why don’t the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap – like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided.”
It could also be that Trent Reznor was trying to promote his latest EP, and the opportunity to spread the word about his Beats Music service was cut off without apology.
Rock bands seemed glossed over in the Grammys 2014 winners list, possibly proving Reznor’s point. The winners in that category included Imagine Dragons, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, former members of the Beatles, and even one of the members of the band that Reznor was performing with. Nearly all of them have been around since the 70s, showing a possible bias.
Do you think Trent Reznor had a good point with his tweet slamming the ending to the Grammys 2014 ceremony?