Trent Reznor Didn’t Like the Way the Grammys Ended, Either

Like a lot of people, I stayed with the Grammys to the bitter end last night because I wanted to see the much-hyped, much-teased all-star jam featuring Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and Lindsey Buckingham.  At about 11:40 pm–more than three-and-a-half-hours after the telecast started–the performance finally began.  And it was awesome until–well, just watch.

They were played off.  Yanked.  WHAT. THE. F**K?

Trent wasn’t happy about this, either.

Trent's post-Grammy tweet


Why would they do this?  Neil Portnoy of the Recording Academy said this:  “We save the end slot for something that is a bit of a jam, because you can have the energy go and then it’s just a matter of the clock.”

You let the show go on for more than three-and-a-half hours and suddenly you’re worried about time?  And it’s not like you were pushing some magical time like 11:30 or midnight. You stopped the show in the middle of that half hour!  And after teasing fans about the performance for a week!

F**K YOU, indeed.

Here’s the whole performance–or at least what we saw on TV.



Alan Cross

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6 thoughts on “Trent Reznor Didn’t Like the Way the Grammys Ended, Either

  • January 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Good for Reznor. That was absolutely brutal. It most have been a slap in the face to these talented rock musicians who watched so many auto-tuned fluffy songs win awards. Paul McCartney must be shocked at the songs that win Grammys. It’s not about the music as much anymore as it is the marketing. I know pop music is popular but I am maybe in denial that the rock scene is really as unsupported as it is. My children will know who QOTSA, Foo Fighters and NIN are!

  • January 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Yeah, the Grammy Awards people are never going to let all of that stuff stay up on YouTube. I’m sure they’ve got an army of unpaid interns making sure they’re all pulled down.

  • January 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    We are talking about a music awards program that are JUST NOW giving The Beatles a lifetime achievement award, presented their first heavy metal award years ago to JETHRO TULL, and last night gave Led Zeppelin their FIRST GRAMMY EVER!!! Should music lovers really concern themselves with ANYTHING they say or do?

    • January 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      ‘Should *real* music lovers really concern themselves with ANYTHING they say or do?’

      There, fixed it for ya..

  • January 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    …and it’s gone. Boo.

  • January 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    as much as I want to feel for Trent, the dude wanted to play their game and be in their club…. sucks, but its the Grammys.


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