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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Says “A GRAMMY Doesn’t Mean A Fucking Thing”, Slams Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame


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Speaking with Stereogum.com in a revealing new interview, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor didn’t sugarcoat his thoughts on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The organization is often criticized for overlooking important rock and heavy metal acts and tends to generate controversy annually with its nominee choices. Thus far Nine Inch Nails themselves have been nominated once back in 2016. They have yet to receive any subsequent nominations (this year’s nominees can be found here.) When asked about his thoughts on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame itself, he offered:

“I saw somebody write something online or comment on Twitter like, “What could be less rock and roll than the fuckin’ Hall Of Fame.” And that is authentically how I feel about it. I’ll say this: It’s nice to be appreciated. It’s nicer when it feels like that’s coming from a place that you care about. Like, a Grammy doesn’t mean a fuckin’ thing. It means a few assholes in a room that are trying to make a TV show have good ratings deciding, “Let’s give it to this guy.” It doesn’t feel like it has any meaning behind it.

The Oscar was completely unexpected. When you see what goes on behind the scenes there and the different guilds and how many people are involved and how seriously they take it, I’m still pretty blown away by that. I’m not saying there isn’t politics and bullshit involved too but it feels like it’s coming from a much more significant place and from the community that’s honoring you than a couple dudes trying to get ratings for a TV show like the Grammys.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, who knows what that is. I don’t give a shit. It’s irritating every year that suddenly my inbox lights up with, “Oh man, sorry about …” I don’t give a fuck! [Laughs] You know what I mean? I don’t … the worst would be if we did [get inducted] and then what? We’d have to fuckin’ show up and jam? I can’t even imagine what that would be.

I’m not saying this as sour grapes. I honestly couldn’t give less of a shit. I’m not gonna sleep any better. Included or not. With that being said, it’s always nice to feel you’ve been appreciated to some degree but it’s not on my list of things I have to achieve before I die.”

Today (October 19th) saw Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails partner Atticus Ross release their score to Jonah Hill‘s directorial debut, ‘Mid90s‘. You can find out more about that here. A vinyl release for the duo’s take on John Carpenter‘s ‘Halloween‘ theme will hit stores next week on October 26th.

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