Beefs 2014: Trent Reznor Calls the Grammys an "Utter Waste of Time," Says Getting Cut Short Was "Just Insulting"

Beefs 2014: Trent Reznor Calls the Grammys an "Utter Waste of Time," Says Getting Cut Short Was "Just Insulting"
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Last month, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor called out the Grammys for cutting off his performance with Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham at the end of the television broadcast. Now, he has elaborated on his original "FUCK YOU" tweet with some more angry words about the awards show.

Speaking with New Zealand's 3 News [via Antiquiet], Reznor called the Grammys an "utter waste of time." Explaining that he's never been a fan of the event, he said that he and Homme discussed the pros and cons and eventually agreed to do it in an attempt to stand out from the rest of the event. Having his show-closing performance cut off, he said, was "just insulting."

On a more positive note, Reznor also discussed a planned reissue of 1999's The Fragile, saying that he had recently uncovered approximately 40 demos from the era which could make up part of the release. Furthermore, the album has been mixed in surround sound.

Reznor said that he had spent January working with Atticus Ross on their upcoming Gone Girl score, revealing, "We've written a pretty good sized first batch of stuff that we've turned over that they're excited about."

While we wait for those new releases, here's Reznor's full quote regarding the Grammys:

No, it was an utter waste of time. 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.

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 [Homme, Queens of the Stone Age] and I spent a long time talking about the pros and cons. You know, "Do we want to be on a shit 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!"

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.

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, fuck you. Fuck 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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