Trent Reznor Vows Never to Perform at Grammys Again: 'We Weren't Expecting That Level of Insult'

artist: Trent Reznor date: 02/19/2014 category: general music news
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Trent Reznor Vows Never to Perform at Grammys Again: 'We Weren't Expecting That Level of Insult'
Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor is still very much upset about the cut-off of his Grammys 2014 performance with Josh Homme, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham.

Chatting with 3news, the musician dubbed the show "an utter waste of time," once again dropping a few f-bombs along the way. "No, it was an utter waste of time," he said. "And I'll speak for a second on this. When this came up as an option, 'Hey, the Grammys would like you to play,' you know, quite frankly it was flattering. I'm not a fan of the Grammys, as I've vocally expressed in the past, I don't think I've ever sat through an entire broadcast. I know I've never attended one."

Trent continued by explaining the thought process that went on once the invitation was received. "But the way my head works is, to try to approach it from, 'Okay, if we did do it, what could be the upside?' And Josh and I spent a long time talking about the pros and cons.

"You know, 'Do we want to be on a s--t show on TV? No, not really. Do we want to be affiliated with the Grammys? No, not really. Would we like to reach a large audience and actually do something with integrity on our terms? Well, yeah. Let's roll the dice and go into it with the best intentions, with a performance we think is worthy and might - you know - stand out from the crowd. Or it might not!'"

Reznor continued, "But what we weren't expecting was that level of insult [laughter]. In fact we walked off stage and I thought, 'Hey, that actually went pretty well,' and I look at my collaborator Rob Sheridan, who I run into, and he's like, 'Oh my god man, you won't believe what they just did,' and... 'What?' 'They cut this thing off in the middle and put a Delta commercial on.' 'What?' We had no idea."

Reaching a conclusion, the frontman added, "You know, and it was just ... I can look now and say I should have expected something like that, you know? But, more than anything it was just insulting. I invite my friend Lindsey Buckingham to come up on stage and it's just 'You know what, you've invited me into this place, f--k you. F--k you guys,' you know?

"So, lesson learned. And the other thing is if we hadn't have done it, I'd be thinking, 'Well, what would have happened it we would have done it?' You know. So I don't regret that we did it, but would I ever - in any situation - ever consider possibly patronizing that event in any form? Absolutely not."
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