Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor was asked in a new interview with Stereogum about the band being left off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot for the second straight year, after being nominated but not inducted in 2016. Reznor replied, “I saw somebody write something online or comment on Twitter like, ‘What could be less rock and roll than the f**kin’ Hall Of Fame.’ And that is authentically how I feel about it. I’ll say this: It’s nice to be appreciated. It’s nicer when it feels like that’s coming from a place that you care about.”
Reznor added, “Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, who knows what that is. I don’t give a s**t. It’s irritating every year that suddenly my inbox lights up with, ‘Oh man, sorry about …” I don’t give a f**k! [Laughs] You know what I mean? I don’t . . . the worst would be if we did [get inducted] and then what? We’d have to f**kin’ show up and jam? I can’t even imagine what that would be.”
Reznor continued, “I’m not saying this as sour grapes. I honestly couldn’t give less of a s**t. I’m not gonna sleep any better. Included or not. With that being said, it’s always nice to feel you’ve been appreciated to some degree but it’s not on my list of things I have to achieve before I die.”
Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross did win an Oscar in 2011 for their first film score, The Social Network. Reznor said about that accolade, “The Oscar was completely unexpected. When you see what goes on behind the scenes there and the different guilds and how many people are involved and how seriously they take it, I’m still pretty blown away by that.”
Nine Inch Nails is currently doing live dates in support of Bad Witch, the third in a trio of EPs that included 2017’s Add Violence and 2016’s Not The Actual Events.