UPDATE: Grammys Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich has apologized to Reznor in The Hollywood Reporter:
I’m sorry he was upset. I was really thrilled that we were finally getting him on the Grammys. The final jam started with Arcade Fire a few years ago, and LL Cool J last year. I want to end on a high, an up note. 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.
Nine Inch Nails TV performances are rare things indeed, and when Trent Reznor steps in front of a camera, he expects things to go a certain way and gets pissed off when they don’t. Last night, they didn’t. Nine Inch Nails — along with the rock-dude supergroup of Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham — closed out the Grammys telecast with one of its best performances, a medley of NIN’s “Copy Of A” and QOTSA’s “My God Is The Sun.” But the Grammys, which had already lasted about 57 hours, decided to cut things off a bit early, running info about sponsors over the QOTSA song. As Reznor Tweeted this: “Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.” And seriously, if they had to run that sponsor stuff, couldn’t they have done it during that endless Ringo Starr performance?