Trent Reznor played the Grammy Awards for the first time Sunday night. It was supposed to be a show-topping all-star jam with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl on drums, Queens of the Stone Age and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham.
Instead, the former angry young man and Nine Inch Nails leader got super pissed at how he was treated and seemingly assured that he will never, ever be getting back together with the Grammys again.
“Music’s biggest night … to be disrespected,” Reznor tweeted a few hours after he left the stage following a loud and anarchic performance that was cut off as the over-it-allotted time show’s credits rolled. “A heartfelt F— You guy.”
Music's biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) January 27, 2014
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The performance was intense , starting with NIN’s grinding “Copy of A,” then smashing through to QOTSA’s “My God is the Sun,” which was cut off when the producers pulled the plug to run the credits and wrap up the show that had gone over its three-and-a-half-hour length.
Backstage after the show, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow told reporters that producers simply ran out of time. “We save the end slot for something that is a bit of a jam,” he said. “Because you can have the energy go and then it’s just a matter of the clock.”
Reznor was livid, but other bands that rocked the stage during the show came away much more excited. Case in point: Imagine Dragons, who couldn’t be any more enthused about crushing it with Kendrick Lamar.
Best Rock Performance Grammy. What a crazy night. Could not be more grateful to all of you who brought us here. pic.twitter.com/PP6DMTrv28
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) January 27, 2014
Or Macklemore & Ryan Lewis singer Mary Lambert, who was overjoyed to post a picture with her folks after the group brought tears to everyone’s eyes with their mass wedding ceremony during “Same Love.”
Of course, they didn’t get cut off, so there’s that.