Over the weekend, Nine Inch Nails were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in a virtual ceremony.
After an introduction by Iggy Pop, NIN’s Trent Reznor accepted the award on behalf of the band, delivering a speech honoring their former members, collaborators and associates. “For the Nine Inch Nails fans out there, you guys are the best,” he said. “We’ve wound up in some weird places together, and you’re an intense bunch that can drive me out of my mind, but you’re the best.
“This journey is far from over if I have any say in it, so let’s stop fuckin’ around patting ourselves on the back and get to it. Hope to see you all in the flesh soon.”
To celebrate NIN’s induction, Dave Grohl, St Vincent and Savages’ Jehnny Beth covered two iconic tracks from their 1994 album The Downward Spiral.
Beth took on the classic “Closer,” while Grohl and St Vincent opted to cover “Piggy,” which the latter named one of her favorite NIN songs. In a statement, she said, “I am obsessed with the slinky tambourine that is just a little lazy in feel. And when I took this song apart to cover it, it took me a long time to really understand the immensity of the groove. It’s a dark, industrial reggae. Muscular, but never as distorted as you imagined it when you think of it in your head…They made a complicated thing seem easy and made big, bold sonic choices.”
Besides Nine Inch Nails, other artists inducted into the Rock Hall this year were Depeche Mode, the Notorious BIG, T Rex, Whitney Houston and the Doobie Brothers.
Watch Trent Reznor’s acceptance speech for Nine Inch Nails’ induction into the Rock Hall:
And listen to St Vincent and Dave Grohl cover Nine Inch Nails’ “Piggy”:
And hear Jehnny Beth’s cover of “Closer”: