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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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 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