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Trent Reznor isn’t happy about being played off at the Grammys on Sunday night.
The Nine Inch Nails frontman took the stage at Staples Center playing “Copy of A” from his 2013 album Hesitation Marks as the final performance of the show. He was joined by Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and frequent collaborator Josh Homme, along with Dave Grohl manning the drum kit.
But the performance was cut short as the credits began to roll before the performance was done.
Afterward, Reznor took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the decision.
Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) January 27, 2014
Backstage, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow explained to reporters the thought process behind that decision.
“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,” he said.
It’s not the first time Reznor has dissed the Grammys. In a December 2011 cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, he said: “Why don’t the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap — like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided.”
Roy Trakin and Billboard’s Chris Payne contributed to this report.
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