Nine Inch Nails frontman left furious after live performance interrupted by advert break
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has received an apology from the producer of the Grammy Awards.
Reznor’s band joined Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham for the closing slot at the event at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday night (January 26), but their performance was cut short by the closing credits and a commercial break.
Reznor took to Twitter to blast the organizers, writing “Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.”
However, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer NAME says: “I’m sorry he was upset. I was really thrilled that we were finally getting him on the Grammys. The final jam started with Arcade Fire a few years ago, and LL Cool J last year. I wanted to end on a high, an up note. I did tell them we’d take it as long as we could. The number was about five, six minutes long, and we got to within a minute twenty of the end. We got as close as we could possibly get.”
Reznor has form in airing his grievances over Twitter. Ahead of their performance at Reading Festival last year, he complained that the festival promoter and headliners Biffy Clyro had “fucked us on production”.
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As you may recall, following Arcade Fire’s earth-shattering Album of the Year win at the 2012 Grammys, a Tumblr page was launched compiling various tweets asking, “Who is Arcade Fire?”. Though music writers and bloggers chuckled along, it wasn’t that outrageous of a question. At the time, Arcade Fire was still a relatively unknown band to mainstream America, a quirky group of Canadians signed to an independent record label and who dressed in funny outfits.
Surely, Daft Punk wouldn’t suffer from similar obscurity. After all, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have been heavyweights in music for two decades, with more than a few chart-topping songs to their name. They’ve even performed at the Grammys before, teaming with Kanye West for “Stronger”. So, yea, surely no one would tweet, “Who is Daft Punk?”.
Music fans weren’t the only ones disappointed by CBS pulling the plug early on the Grammys finale last night. About 45 minutes after the broadcast, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor unleashed an invective on Twitter at the awards show’s organizers, playing with its tagline. “Music’s biggest night. . . to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys,” he wrote.
“Music’s biggest night. . . to be disrespected,” NIN leader wrote after show-ending performance was cut off.
Although Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl were all nominated for Grammys this year, only the drummer took home a trophy what Jay Z affectionately called a “gold sippy cup.” The Foo Fighters frontman Grammys for Best Rock Song – for “Cut Me Some Slack,” his collaboration with Paul McCartney and former members of Nirvana – and for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for Sound City: Real to Reel, an album that featured him playing with Reznor and Queens’ Josh Homme on the track “Mantra.”
Queens of the Stone Age had been nominated in three categories. And finally, likely adding to Reznor’s ire, Nine Inch Nails’ 2013 LP Hesitation Marks had been nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. It lost to Vampire Weekend, whose Modern Vampires of the City earned them the trophy.
Video: Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, and Lindsey Buckingham destroy Grammys
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What better way to close out the 2014 Grammys then with a super group for the ages. Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham joined forces for an epic, once-in-a-life performance of rock and roll excellence. Homme and Buckingham manned guitar and Grohl did his thing on drums as Reznor got things start with a rendition of Nine Inch Nails’ “Copy of A”. Homme then took over lead for Queens of the Stone Age’s “My God Is the Sun”, though was tragically cut short in favor of a Delta commercial. Bet that would never have happened to Taylor Swift. #NoRespect. Catch the replay below.
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The awards show had been running about 15 minutes late by the time Nine Inch Nails took the stage with Queens of the Stone Age, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Dave Grohl. The supergroup was able to play two songs – NIN’s “Copy of A” and most of Queens of the Stone Age’s “My God Is the Sun” – before the TV network ran ads for its programming and for an airline sponsor, all with the music going on in the background. Considering the group members had all played together in various configurations, the rest of their set remained a mystery to TV viewers.