Trent Reznor 10/31/19

Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor has told Forbes in a new interview that his previously negative feelings about being nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020 have changed, after he himself inducted The Cure at the 2019 ceremony.

Reznor explained, “I wanted them to be inducted properly. I thought I could do a good job, went there. As I was in the audience, sitting there, it felt kind of cool in the audience. So I’m sitting at a table with the Radiohead guys, super nice, and I think we all kind of looked at it like, ‘This could be bulls**t.’”

Reznor continued, “Then I walk out to do the induction, it’s loud applause for them and it seems real. They come up and I can see that (Cure leader) Robert Smith is happy and the other guys in the band are all kind of freaked out. It felt validating. I wanted to see them respected someplace I feel they deserve. It ended up being a pretty cool experience and I thought, ‘Alright, it doesn’t feel as bulls**t as I kind of snarkily dismissed it as.’ I don’t have any problem admitting I’ve changed my opinion about something.”

Whether or not NIN is named as an inductee in January, Reznor remains humble about his position on the ballot. He explained, “I can look on that ballot this year, Todd RundgrenDepeche ModeKraftwerk. And it’s hard for me to make an argument why I should get in before they do. Those guys, all of them, have been incredibly integral to me even having a band.”

The 2020 induction ceremony is set for May at Cleveland’s Public Hall. HBO will then broadcast the event later in the year.

Story source: Consequence Of Sound


  • Trent Reznor says he’s changed his view of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Nine Inch Nails is nominated for induction in 2020.
  • Reznor said that inducting The Cure gave him a different perspective on the entire affair.

SIDE NOTES: The 2020 Hall of Fame nominees are Pat Benatar, The Notorious B.I.G., Soundgarden, Motörhead, Whitney Houston, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and The MC5, in addition to NIN, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and Todd Rundgren.


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  • Is it legitimate that Trent changed his view of the Hall after inducting The Cure and seeing the response?
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