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Trent Reznor Joins the List of Musicians Who Kind of Hate the Grammys


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The Grammys are the most prestigious award in the music industry by far, but that doesn't mean they're immune to criticism from the artists themselves. A fair number of musicians have a love/hate relationship with the annual honors, which are decided upon by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences — an organization that many believe is woefully out of touch with music's ongoing evolution.

Trent Reznor became the most recent artist to smack talk the Grammys after his performance with Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsey Buckingham, and Dave Grohl was essentially used as backing music for the show's end credits.

"Music's biggest night... to be disrespected. A heartfelt F**K YOU guys," he tweeted shortly following the telecast.

Reznor, who won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Heavy Metal Performance for "Wish" and scored a trophy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media just last year, is not the only Grammy winner to voice serious reservations about the show. Here are just a few of the other performers who've called out the Grammys in a very public way.

Kanye West
In a 2013 interview with the New York Times, 21-time winner Kanye West explained that he doesn't really care about the Grammys, but wishes they offered a more accurate reflection of the state of music.

"I don't want them to rewrite history right in front of us. At least, not on my clock," he explained. "I really appreciate the moments that I was able to win rap album of the year or whatever. But after a while, it’s like: 'Wait a second; this isn’t fair. This is a setup.' I remember when both Gnarls Barkley and Justin [Timberlake] lost for Album of the Year, and I looked at Justin, and I was like: 'Do you want me to go onstage for you? You know, do you want me to fight ... For what’s right?'"

Eddie Vedder
Check out how excited Eddie Vedder was that Pearl Jam won the 1996 award for Best Hard Rock Performance for "Spin the Black Circle." Spoiler alert: He wasn't.

Sinead O'Connor
The ever-rebellious Sinead refused to attend the 1990 Grammy Awards, despite having been nominated for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She won the award for Best Alternative Music Performance, but wasn't there to accept it because she was frustrated by the "commercialization" of the show.

ODB
Turns out Ol' Dirty Bastard was pulling Kanyes way back in the '90s. Poor Shawn Colvin.

Eminem
Quoth Em in "The Real Slim Shady," "You think I give a damn about a Grammy? Half of you critics can't even stomach me, let alone stand me."

The song won the trophy for Best Rap Solo Performance.

Bon Iver
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon expressed conflicting feelings in his 2012 Grammy acceptance speech for Best New Artist, stating, "It's really hard to accept this award. There's so much talent out here... and there's a lot of talent that's not here tonight."

Months before, Vernon admitted in an interview with the New York Times that he didn't know how he felt about watching Arcade Fire win Album of the Year: "I kinda felt like going up there and being like: 'Everyone should go home, this is ridiculous. You should not be doing this. We should not be gathering in a big room and looking at each other and pretending that this is important.' That's what I would say."

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber was pretty mad at the Grammys for not throwing his album Believe any nominations, so he tried to upstage the show by orchestrating a live video chat during the telecast. He forgot to wear a shirt.

Trent Reznor
Yep: Trent's spoken out against the Grammys a couple of times before, most notably in a 2011 interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"Why don't the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap -- like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided," he insisted, explaining that he prefers his awards for film scoring. "The movie side is interesting, challenging, different and rewarding in way that I hadn't experienced through my music career."


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