Trent Reznor pondered the past of Nine Inch Nails and looked forward to their future in his speech that marked the band’s entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After an introduction from Iggy Pop, the lead opened up by acknowledging the surreal nature of this year’s virtual event. He said that when he learned that Nine Inch Nails has been selected for the class of 2020, what he looks forward to most is meeting past and present teammates at the ceremony. Now, he added, “We are all trapped in little boxes staring at our screens.”
Reznor went on to talk about what it means to him to be an artist and what keeps him motivated to be creative. He also acknowledges the various musicians who have been a part of Nine Inch Nails over the years, as well as outside collaborators and their industry colleagues. He ended by thanking the band̵7;s family and ardent fans, quipping, “You are an intense group that can make me lose my mind – but you are the best.”
In conclusion, Reznor said: “This journey is far from over if I have any voice in it, so let’s stop, pat ourselves on the back, and move on. Looking forward to seeing you all again in flesh and blood ”.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rollouts were postponed this spring and reconfigured as a virtual event with no live performance. Other featured artists this year include Depeche Mode, Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Notorious BIG and T. Rex, plus Ahmet Ertegun Award winners Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.
Read Reznor’s full speech on behalf of Nine Inch Nails below:
Thank you very much, Iggy.
Hello everyone, what a strange, disorienting year we found ourselves. As I was embracing Nine Inch Nails to be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I thought I was looking forward to the very ceremony itself, where hopefully the whole camp, past and present, would be together and have 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 that the most important accomplishment or feeling is to recognize what you’ve created from a fragile and intimate place that reaches out, resonates and affects others. , that can change the way they see the world. So for whatever is in the Hall of Fame, thank you for the recognition.
With that said, this is not a single endeavor. And first I want to introduce my colleagues: Atticus Ross, Robin Finck, Alessandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin, Danny Lohner and Chris Vrenna. I love these guys and they have been an integral and central part of 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 are all appreciated and this is also for you.
A special thanks to my wife Mariqueen and my children, who keep me humble and make everything worthwhile. 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, pat ourselves on the back, and start. Hope to see you soon in person. Thank you.