Trent Reznor Gets Shut Down at the Grammys [Video]


Trent Reznor, lead singer of the band Nine Inch Nails had a message for the organizers of the 2014 Grammys and it wasn’t a happy one. After his closing performance, alongside Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and Lindsey Buckingham, was cut short the artist swore off the Grammys by swearing at its organizers. In a tweet issued at 12:30 a.m. on January 27, he had little good to say about getting shut down.

Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt F**K YOU guys.

It’s surely an uncomfortable feeling not only for the performers when the credits begin to roll before they’re done playing, but also for viewers at home who were expecting to be able to watch an entire performance and only received a portion of the show. Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy said that there wasn’t any individual to blame; only the clock and scheduling for allowing time to be cut short.

Meanwhile, fans of both Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails expressed their sympathies and support on Twitter for Reznor’s frustration and feelings of being slighted. Damian O’Meara writes:

so sorry that happened to all of you guys, but the collaboration was fantastic.

Another fan, Chad Torkkola was most certainly disappointed to say the least.

Sat here for the whole show because you guys were on it. Haven’t watched tv over the air in years…

The disapproval at Trent Reznor getting shut down at the Grammys may play into the bigger issue of rock music in general being treated with a certain air of unimportance by those with voting power at the Grammys. Some have regarded the Grammys choices of criteria for albums and songs to be nominated for awards to be questionable at the very least. For instance, Imagine Dragons song Radioactive won best rock performance, but it was not nominated for the best rock album category because it was not considered to be directly “rock.”

Other award-winning artists from this year’s Grammys included Led Zeppelin for Celebration Day for the best rock album. Paul McCartney won best rock song for his track Cut Me Some Slack and Black Sabbath won the best metal performance. The most prestigious and anticipated award, record of the year, went to Daft Punk for their album Random Access Memories which featured hits such as Get Lucky and Instant Crush.

At the Grammys, Trent Reznor was cut off during his collaborative performance of covers of the songs Copy of A by Nine Inch Nails and My God Is The Sun by Queens Of The Stone Age. Music fans and Reznor are  irritated at the lack of respect shown, and it’s likely that this is not the last that will be heard about this unfortunate occurrence taking place. While it isn’t possible to go back in time and prevent Reznor from getting shut down at the Grammys, at least the Nine Inch Nails song Copy of A is available and able to be enjoyed on YouTube. In fact, take a listen, relax and appreciate the musical masterpiece by listening to it a few times right now on YouTube. It may offer some solace to those diappointed about not being able to hear the full live performance at the Grammys.

By Jonathan Holowka

Artist Direct
The Globe and Mail

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