Last night the 58th Grammy Awards was broadcast from The Staples Center in Los Angeles. For over a week, teaser commercials have announced the exciting closing performance by Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl.
After many other performances by acts such as Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk, and Stevie Wonder, and a massave marriage “ceremony” for bi-racial and homosexual couples led by Queen Latifah and Madonna, the telecast ran 45 minutes long.
Finally it was time for the highly anticipated finale. However, before the set was finished, the credits began to roll and the performance was finally cut short when local news stations began to start late newscasts.
Fans were not happy.
delta, as if I didn't have enough reasons to hate you. #GRAMMYs
— elizabeth (@ecawein) January 27, 2014
why does it not surprise me that the bloody Grammy's cut off one of the performances I actually WANTED to see?!!!
— Rebekah Sitz (@southerndreamer) January 27, 2014
Cutting off @qotsa @foofighters and @nineinchnails early?! All rock gods roll over in graves. #GRAMMYs
— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) January 27, 2014
But fans weren’t the only ones upset. Nine Inch Nail’s front man, Trent Reznor, also sounded off via Twitter.
Music's biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) January 27, 2014
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Recording Academy President Portnow explained by saying, “We save the end slot for something that is a bit of a jam, because you can have the energy go and then it’s just a matter of the clock.”
In 2011, Reznor, 48, also spoke out against the Grammys, saying, “Why don’t the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap – like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided.”
Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age were up for awards last night, but both lost out.
Backstage at the #GRAMMYs! watch now @CBS http://t.co/qaxLtGT7Gk with #davegrohl pic.twitter.com/nA9E7zJrrS
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) January 27, 2014
Dave Grohl did win two awards, however: one for Best Rock Song with “Cut Me Some Slack” and the other for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for Sound City: Real to Reel. He accepted the first award with Sir Paul McCartney.
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