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Grammy Producer Says “Sorry” to Trent Reznor (Well, Sort Of)

At the close of Sunday night’s Grammy Awards telecast, the much-hyped finale that brought together Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, David Grohl and Lindsay Buckingham got the short end of the proverbial stick when the show’s producers decided to end the already-overtime telecast a minute and a half before the end of the song. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor soon responded with an angry blurb on Twitter: “Music’s biggest night…to be disrespected. A heartfelt F**K YOU guys.”

While no formal apology has been issued (and Reznor probably shouldn’t expect one), Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich expressed at least a bit of regret over the incident during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, although he apparently stands by his decisions.

“I’m sorry he was upset,” Ehrlich told THR. “I was really thrilled that we were finally getting him on the Grammys…I did tell them we’d take it as long as we could. The number was about five, six minutes long, and we got to within a minute twenty of the end. We got as close as we could possibly get.”

Despite Reznor’s ire over the incident, it is not uncommon for the final jam of Grammy night to run up against the end of the telecast, especially when the show has gone overtime. (Sunday night’s Grammys were 15 minutes over when the last performance began.) LL Cool J, the host of the telecast, encountered the same issue last year when he himself closed the show with a performance of his song “Whaddup.”

Television has certain restrictions, even live television. If you’re a performing artist, and it’s not enough of an honor for you to get invited to perform at the Grammys in the first place, and you don’t want to risk having your performance cut off, perhaps you should just decline the final slot instead of having a hissy fit on Twitter afterward. Just saying.

(Photo: Metruka/Wikimedia)

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David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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