Nine Inch Nails: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees

NIN juxtaposes the brutal and delicate, chaos and order, nihilistic despair and spiritual rapture

The 2020 Inductees Revealed - Celebrate the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Newest Inductee Class (2020)Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees Revealed

Welcome to the official Class of 2020 Inductees, presented by partner Ernst & Young. Watch and celebrate the eight newest Inductees including in the Performer category Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex and, for the Ahmet Ertegun Award, both Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.

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Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor combined the sounds of the underground while challenging the status quo with a deeply personal ferocity. Every time the mainstream seems to catch up to them, Nine Inch Nails push the bar even further.

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Nine Inch Nails Woodstock '94 Installation, 2020

With Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965 in New Castle, Pennsylvania) has taken the sounds and sights of transgressive art into the mainstream, converting alienation into community. 

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Nine Inch Nails began in Cleveland in the late 1980s as a studio project for Reznor but blossomed onstage with his live band during the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991, which found them destroying instruments in the afternoon sun as fellow musicians and converted fans looked on.

Nine Inch Nails Woodstock '94 Installation (2020) by Trent ReznorRock & Roll Hall of Fame

The 1994 breakthrough album The Downward Spiral combined the mechanized funk and discordant noise of industrial rock with Reznor’s belief in melody and song structure. 

Nine Inch Nails Woodstock '94 Installation (2020) by Trent ReznorRock & Roll Hall of Fame

It debuted at number two on the Billboard album chart and spawned the Top 40 hit “Closer” — with its promises of animalistic sex as a way of being nearer to God — as well as “Hurt,” later covered by Johnny Cash.

Nine Inch Nails Woodstock '94 Installation (2020) by Trent ReznorRock & Roll Hall of Fame

A mud-splattered, star-making performance at Woodstock ’94 delivered Nine Inch Nails to the arena level. 

Nine Inch Nails Woodstock '94 Installation (2020) by Trent ReznorRock & Roll Hall of Fame

Nine Inch Nails delivered one of the most powerful and historic performances of the Woodstock ‘94 festival in Saugerties, New York, establishing the band's reputation as one of the greatest live acts in the world. 

Nine Inch Nails Woodstock '94 Installation (2020) by Trent ReznorRock & Roll Hall of Fame

“On the way to the stage there was a little accident,” Trent Reznor told MTV after their set.

Nine Inch Nails Woodstock '94 Installation (2020) by Trent ReznorRock & Roll Hall of Fame

Reznor continued, “It turns into a mud wrestling thing that escalated into a full-scale mud riot … I accidentally tripped and pushed Danny [Lohner’s] face into the mud. He retaliated by body-slamming me.”

Nine Inch Nails Woodstock '94 Installation (2020) by Trent ReznorRock & Roll Hall of Fame

Completely caked in mud, Nine Inch Nails went on to perform a blistering 15-song set to the largest density crowd of the festival.

Nine Inch Nails Woodstock '94 Installation (2020) by Trent ReznorRock & Roll Hall of Fame

Conceived by Reznor for this exhibit, this installation evokes that iconic moment.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Acceptance Speech Trent Reznor for Nine Inch Nails (2020)Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Induction Acceptance Speech Trent Reznor for NIN, 2020

Induction Ceremony Red Carpet with Carrie Keagan (2020)Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

2020 Induction Ceremony Red Carpet with Carrie Keagan

Back for a third time with the 2020 Induction Ceremony red carpet show hosted by Carrie Keagan with a mix of live and pre-recorded interviews from Inductees and special guests.

ROCK HALL EDU Nine Inch Nails makes transgressive songs that break down boundaries of music, culture, and morality. Use the Nine Inch Nails Collection to introduce students to their distinct artistic statements. The Inductee Insights video is a great tool for beginning your exploration of Nine Inch Nails. Assets like the Miley Cyrus Activity Pack help learners investigate some of NIN's impact on the current century of music and television.

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST Mechanized funk and the discordant noise of industrial rock.

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The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees exhibit was onsite at the Rock Hall from August 14, 2020 to June 14, 2021.

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