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

"It was an utter waste of time," NIN frontman says, along with a few f-bombs.

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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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    Genrecore
    Glad Trent has the balls and integrity to stand up, even if it sounds like him being a little bitch. Apathy is the biggest cancer in today's generation. When there's something wrong, let's just take in the ass and do nothing about it...
    Dannym95
    Those Grammy guys are bellends.
    Remain Wise
    When will this bellend shtick be over...
    pokagbamo
    I can't blame him. Their performance was awesome and they just get cut off and used for advertising time? Pathetic.
    btfbonzo
    Caring about the Grammy's is like caring about being popular in high school.
    seance
    Haha. I always got the feeling that award shows were like the popular kids patting themselves on the back for being so awesome. It's like having to sit through a pep rally. They're the moneymakers for the school/industry.
    third(-)eye
    Go Trent. Stick it to them.
    opusthecat
    Yeah, I'm sure the producers who run the Grammys are just utterly heartbroken and embarrassed by their actions.... Reznor is just crying and embarrassing only himself. We all know the Grammys are just corporate thanking corporate music, Reznor is looking like a numbnut like he's trying to educate us on crap we already know.
    third(-)eye
    Of course they're not heartbroken. They're corporate *******s who think anything resembling what they consider "metal" is a lower form of art than their alt-pop bullshit. He has every right to be upset. Would you turn a blind eye if you got cut off in the middle of a set on the Grammys? I don't even like it when my sets get cut off in dive bars. He's not "educating" us, he's explaining why he's never going to do it again, based on HIS personal experience. He thought it would be worthwhile and it turned out to be just a waste of time. I support that decision completely.
    Psycho Pigeon
    lol, go join occupy wall street 'omg corporations so bad'
    third(-)eye
    Lol, I didn't say corporations in GENERAL were bad, I said that the people who run the Grammys were corporate *******s. Nice failed attempt at a straw man.
    Redfinton22
    Anyone speaking out against Trent on this is just trying to be edgy
    opusthecat
    How is it edgy to call him out on being a crybaby about this? Be mature and learn from it. He should have known this wasn't a good forum for his music if he's so concerned about the integrity of his art. So he "rolled the dice" and is now complaining publicly? It's weak character man, what don't you get? Take your hits and move on, the real music fans know what happened and this doesn't surprise us in the least what the Grammys did.
    jordo246
    What? The biggest sham of an awards show cut off the performance by musicians that don't fit into their tween demographic audience? Who'd have thought.
    UncleBluck
    Sad thing is ....most of you who post on this blog probably watched the entire show this year and every year....
    kratos379
    I don't think I've ever seen the grammys before either. Though I do intend to look up Trent and Josh's performance.
    deathofagod
    I don't get why anyone in the comments is disagreeing with him or making fun of him. I've never got into NIN personally but it's still disgusting what happened. It's damn unprofessional the way the Grammys handled that performance and they shouldn't treat anyone they've invited to perform on their show that way. The apathetic Cunts on these comment boards really piss me the Fuck off sometimes, y'all need to grow up, not him.
    Sweet Paramania
    Look I'm sorry Trent, but we needed all that extra time to add a rap part to Imagine Dragons.
    hamsteroceros
    I'm fairly sure that I've reached the current bottom of these comments and you're the first to make this point. That show was full of the same s*** over and over, extended performances, tons of commercials, etc, and they didn't have 2 more f***ing minutes for the best act of the night to finish their song? It's completely asinine. All you chuckleheads who call him a whiner and say that he should have seen it coming can f*** off. In pure, tragic anonymity, of course, since none of you will ever have the opportunity to get f***ed by the Grammys.
    MaNoWar123
    Jesus, people still pay attention to Reznor? Yeah he got cut off, but it's an awards ceremony on mainstream commercial TV, what do you expect? He's just whining to get attention, and personally I stopped caring when he complained Biffy Clyro where headlining Reading instead of NiN. Now tell me that isn't the behaviour of a toddler?
    Holoogamooga
    Thing is, I haven't seen anyone outside this community or the performers complain about their act getting cut off. It'd be worth the effort if at least one person who wasn't familiar with any of their music said, "Hey, I was really enjoying that. Such a shame it was cut short. I should research these guys and listen to them more." But I haven't seen that yet.
    ibanez124
    I would be upset as well. I just hope there isn't 7 more articles rehashing the same story.
    seance
    I know. And yet here we are commenting over and over about something so petty.
    ibanez124
    I feel there is a "pretty hate machine" pun for a catchy reply to this, but alas I am drained by work
    ewolf5150
    This guy is nothing but a self centered arrogant crying bitch. He acts like the whole world hangs on his every word . Dude, stfu and b grateful you even had a chance to play your garbage music at the Grammys. I hope Trent reznor gets his balls impaled so he really has something to complain about
    opusthecat
    Those were my almost exact thoughts when I watched him in the Sound City documentary. He was so cocky about his music and how other people don't have the kind of money he does to actually buy the $10,000 compressor that is emulated by their music software. If I saw Reznor in a bar I sure as hell wouldn't buy him a drink but would keep walking.
    k.lainad
    I think Reznor is rich enough to buy himself a drink, and everyone else in that bar.
    opusthecat
    Not the point. I've met A LOT of popular musicians and rock stars having lived in Hollywood and running a recording studio for some time. Trust me, they all love it when people buy them drinks in bars. Strokes their egos as much as a chick wanting to give them a blowjob in the bathroom. With the attitude he's shown towards musicians who don't have the cash he does, I would only hope more people avoid him for being a first class jackhole.
    Stary2
    Not gonna lie, the only reason I considered buying the QOTSA and new NIN albums were cuz of the grammy's. For one reason or another, I just didn't feel like listening to either until then
    fevian93
    From what I know Reznor was specifically told by the producers that the song couldn't go over the time. I understand why he would get upset and all but come on he was warned.
    I got the boot
    So it turns out the grammys are soulless and corporate, in other new the sky is blue. Get your head out of your ass Trent.
    matchpointrocks
    Trent you sound like a whiny little girl. "Wah I did this thing that I didn't even really want to do and then someone cocked it all up and I'm MAAAADDDD" Go write a depressing, terrible song about it. Maybe Johnny Cash can turn it into something respectable.
    dudebud
    You're surprised that a TV show that only exists to sell advertising cut you off for...advertising? Grow up dude...if anyone knows how the industry works it's the man that built his reputation by going against it. Trent knows better - he should have expected it.
    pokagbamo
    A music TV show that airs once a year cuts off the...music? Where does that make sense?
    seance
    The show's not really about music though. It's more about the successes of music advertising and marketing...not much different from a commercial...which got cut off by a commercial.
    RU486
    You know what makes music successful? THE MUSIC.
    link no1
    Yea because One Direction and Justin Beiber got big because of their obvious musical talent, not because of fantastic marketing...
    dudebud
    It's too easy to tell who actually has any music BUSINESS experience in the comments. Lol, if you knew anything about it, you would know it's not about the MUSIC. The Grammy's are about business. If you think otherwise, you're living in a fantasy. On a second note, if you knew anything about the BUSINESS of awards shows (not just music-related), you wouldn't be so confused. HINT: It's a business and only cares about making money.
    SkepsisMetal
    To be honest, I would have stopped at '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.' Even to reach that "wider audience". That's tantamount to standing on dog shit to make a speech so people listen to you, but at the end of the day you still stepped on dog shit and that's how you'll be remembered. Just get out and do festivals.
    Richardbs
    Because god forbid a band wants to reach a larger audience :|
    seance
    True, but Nine Inch Nails has been around for over 25 years. They're one of the flagship bands of 90s Alternative music. Who isn't aware of them by now? Either way, it's not a big deal (especially a month after the fact).
    I got the boot
    And the way to reach a wider audience for your alt industrial band was the grammys was it? Do you even know what the grammys are?
    kcmoon5150
    Get over it
    Everlong729
    I'd be pissed too if someone interrupted my performance with a Delta commercial.. It'd be nice if it was at least a decent airline
    Eifler121
    The whole thing they are missing by getting all butthurt about this is that they do this every year. The closing act closes the show, and the Grammys have a time restraint they have to adhere to strictly. It cuts off almost every year. What I want to know is what amazing thing did they possibly have planned that got cut? They were just about at the end of My God is the Sun...all we were going to hear was more of the chorus. We heard all of the NIN set. Why is Trent Reznor the vocal one in this?
    Eifler121
    Understand, I was enjoying the performance, but I expected it to get cut off way sooner. I looked forward to it all night, it's literally the only reason I watched the Grammys this year. So, just consider this when you thumbs down me. I wasn't asking those questions rhetorically.
    Dannym95
    He won't until he ****s them like an animal first.
    metalme31
    First Trent agrees to do the show, then whines about it afterwards about how he was treated. I understand being p*ssed off like a man but whining the way he did is unrespectable. Also, not too long before that he was whining again about not being the top band for a festival. What happened to playing your heart out like a rock star should not giving a crap where you are on the bill and proving to the promoters, fans, other bands that no one can touch you or define who and what you are because you pour your heart, soul, and blood into what you do. That should be it! Finally gonna come out and say it for myself, but Trent Reznor is not the person I looked up to and admired. I've watched him changed in different ways for years, and I just can't agree with a lot of his actions anymore. He has the right to change as we all do and now I can finally stop hoping and thinking he'll return to the man that I became a fan of so many years ago. I'll just keep listening to and loving what he created before he became this.
    Thrice Capades
    If you don't want to be a fan of a man with integrity and passion, I'm sure he won't shed any tears over the loss.
    dead_air_space
    You want him to return to being the self-destructive, drug addicted, depressed man he used to be? The man that almost got himself killed from drug overdose? All of the changes Reznor has made have been nothing but positive for him and the whole music industry.
    fras1788
    You're truly a dumbass, that judges everything, and everyone in a negative light. Trent is who he's always been, someone that believes in his art, and someone who is constantly pushing the boundaries within his craft, and someone who fights to become respected. He was invited, and he wanted respect, he didn't get it...so he has every right to say whatever he wants in regards to how he was treated, and shoved to the side.
    opusthecat
    "actually do something with integrity on our terms?" You're playing the Grammys dude, what freakin' terms did you think you will be allowed to have?? "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!'" Okay so now he admits they thought ahead of time it might not work but "rolled the dice". Sowhy complain about it now when he admits he was gambling on it being either a good thing or a bad thing? Reznor is utterly clueless or at least he portrays himself as such quite efficiently.
    Ibeanez
    Whiny little baby.
    third(-)eye
    I would LOVE to see your reaction if you played at the Grammys and got cut off in the middle of your song.
    suicidehummer
    I would come back next year with a new song called "Fuck the Grammys" and piss on the cameras.
    cammoses
    I'm on no ones side here but it'd truly be an honor to play the grammys even if I knew they'd cut of the television part. I mean come on its TV you cant say this hasn't happened before, they played the show and it went well. The audience that had the honor of being there enjoyed the performance and that's what what matters in music isn't it? Don't watch award shows on TV if this offends you - they can't control how long speeches will be - advertisers are the ones paying for the event to be televised in the first place. Trent is right, he should've seen it coming.
    Ibeanez
    Let me help you out. My reaction would be "Oh well, we got cut off. That happens at the ends of these things." The network controls the cutoff, not the Grammy's. Time to grow up and act like a man.
    NHECOS
    You show'em Trent!
    opusthecat
    Haha, yeah I'm sure the grammy producers are just so sad and heartbroken... Only thing he's shown is how immature he is about all this.
    seabear70
    I have absolutely no respect for the douchebag anyway, so my opinion would be biased.
    GoToSleep
    Everyone outside of tv and mainstream culture knows the Grammys are a joke. Reznor should've known better to stay far away.
    dnolan44
    I'm just pleased that ug has finally stopped suggesting that j get the mobile app, and conquer the oh so challenging tab for "jingle bells".
    matchpointrocks
    Here's a different angle: the NETWORK controls the advertising spots and programmming, not the Grammys. So being cut off has to do with the program running over time and the network (I don't know which one it was) cut to a commercial. Yes, the Grammys are trite and shallow, but they're not the bad guys.