Nine Inch Nails was honored tonight during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Launch on HBO. Following introductory keynotes from Iggy Pop and a video package featuring St. Vincent, Miley Cyrus, Rick Rubin and others, Trent Reznor took the honor on behalf of the band. He thanked his band friends, past and present, as well as the main contributors throughout the band’s history. Read the full keynote below and watch the ceremony on HBO Max.
“As I was embracing Nine Inch Nails being welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I thought that I was looking forward to the ceremony itself, where hopefully the whole camp, past and present, would be together and Have some time, ”said Reznor. “And we are all trapped in little boxes staring at our screens.”;
He ended his speech by specifically thanking the band’s fans. “This journey is far from over if I have any say in it, so let’s stop hurting ourselves behind and start walking,” he said. “Looking forward to seeing you all again in flesh and blood. Thank you.”
Nine Inch Nails is participating in the 2020 Rock & Roll Class Hall of Fame by Notorious BIG, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, T. Rex, Doobie Brothers and award winners Ahmet Ertegun Jon Landau and Irving Azoff. The broadcast recorded before tonight had no music performances and a planned live show was eliminated due to the pandemic. A passage in the memo includes a special tribute to Eddie Van Halen.
Read all Pitchfork’s coverage of the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony.
Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails Award acceptance speech
Thank you very much, Iggy. Hello everyone. What a disoriented, bizarre year we find ourselves. As I wrap my Nine Inch Nails to be welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I think that I look forward to the very ceremony, where the whole camp of hope, past and present, will come together. and there was a moment. And we’re all stuck in little boxes staring at screens.
Even now, music is always what keeps me going, and as an artist I think the most important achievement or feeling is recognizing what you’ve created out of a fragile place. and intimacy has reached and resonated with and influences others, possibly changing the way they see the world. So, for anything that exists in the hall of fame, thank you for your recognition.
With that said, this is not a single attempt, and I would like to introduce it to my colleagues for the first time: Atticus Ross, Robin Finck, Allesandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin, Danny Lohner and Chris Vrenna. I love these people and they are both an integral part and central to why we are here. Also, there are a number of other key players who have joined over the years that I want to acknowledge and thank, including Charlie Clouser, James Woolley, Rich Patrick, Josh Freese, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Jerome Dillon, Aaron North , Jeff Ward, and Jeordie White.
Over the years, I have benefited from a strong set of people around me who have provided everything from encouragement to guidance to a push when needed. These include Jimmy Iovine, John Silva, Marc Geiger, Ross Rosen, Alan Moulder, Rick Rubin, Zia Modabber, Bill Harper, David Fincher, Jerome Crooks, Steve Barnett, Jim Guerinot and John Malm. You all are appreciated and this is also for you. Special thanks to my wife Mariqueen and the children, you always keep me humble and everything is worth it.
And for the Nine Inch Nails fans out there – you guys are the best. We’ve combined in some weird places together, and you’re an intense group that can make me lose my mind, but you’re the best. This journey is far from over if I have any words in it, so let’s stop worrying about ourselves and start going. Hope to see you soon in person. Thank you.