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Trent Reznor Discusses Rebirth, Addiction and the “Rigged” Grammy Awards in The Hollywood Reporter

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Trent Reznor The Hollywood Reporter

Former Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has come a long way since his days of heroin addiction in the 90s, and he discussed his resurgence, awards season and his new career as a film composer in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

Although Nine Inch Nails won two Grammys, you won’t find them on a shelf beside his Golden Globe and Oscar. “Winning that Academy Award, I’m not ashamed to admit it,” he said. “The others don’t mean anything. Why don’t the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap — like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided. The movie side is interesting, challenging, different and rewarding in a way that I hadn’t experienced through my music career.”

It took awhile for Reznor to transition from NIN’s industrial-rock leanings to composing critically acclaimed music for movies like “The Social Network” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” His first foray into music composition was rejected by Fox Searchlight, and he entered rehab in the summer of 2011. “It was another brick in the wall of, ‘Hey, you need to get your shit together,’” he explained.

Read more from Trent Reznor’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter here.