Trent Reznor reflected on Nine Inch Nails’ past and looked forward to their future in his speech marking the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Following an introduction from Iggy Pop, the singer opened by acknowledging the surreal nature of this year’s virtual event. He said that when he found out that Nine Inch Nails had been selected for the Class of 2020, the thing he was most looking forward to was reuniting with fellow bandmates past and present at the ceremony. Now he added, “We’re all stuck in our little boxes staring at our screens.”
Reznor went on to talk about what it means to be an artist to him and what motivates him as a creator. He also thanked the various musicians who have been a part of Nine Inch Nails over the years, as well as their outside collaborators and industry peers. He concluded by thanking his family and the band’s rabid fans, joking, “You’re an intense band that can make me lose my mind – but you’re the best. “
In conclusion, Reznor said, “This trip is far from over if I have a say in it, so let’s stop kissing, patting each other on the back, and let’s go. Hope to see you all in the flesh soon.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed this spring and reconfigured as a virtual event with no live performances. Other inductees this year include Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, the Notorious BIG and T. Rex, as well as Ahmet Ertegun award winners Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.
Read Reznor’s full speech on behalf of Nine Inch Nails below:
Thanks a lot, Iggy.
Hello everyone, what a strange and disorienting year we find ourselves in. As I turned my head around Nine Inch Nails to be greeted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I think I couldn’t wait to see the ceremony itself, where I hope the whole camp, past and present , was going to meet and spend a moment. And we’re all stuck in our little boxes looking at our screens.
Even now, music has always been what keeps me going. And as an artist, I think the most meaningful accomplishment or feeling is realizing that something that you created from a fragile, intimate place has reached out and resonated and affected someone else, perhaps changing his way of seeing the world. So for what it means to be in a Hall of Fame, thank you for the recognition.
Having said that, it was far from a unique endeavor. And first I want to introduce my fellow inductees: Atticus Ross, Robin Finck, Alessandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin, Danny Lohner and Chris Vrenna. I love these guys and they’ve all been an integral and central part of why we’re here. Additionally, there have been a number of other key players involved over the years that I would like to recognize 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 solid collection of people around me who have offered everything from encouragement and advice to a kick in the ass 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 it is for you too.
Special thanks to my wife Mariqueen and my children, who keep me humble and make everything worth it. And for Nine Inch Nails fans, you are the best. We’ve ended up in weird places together, and you’re an intense group that may blow my mind – but you’re the best.
This trip is far from over, if I have anything to say, let’s stop fucking, patting each other on the back, and let’s go. Hope to see you all in the flesh soon. Thank you.