Nine Inch Nails Frontman Trent Reznor Wins Country Music Award
Talk about a strange twist of fate! Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has won his first Country Music Award. While Reznor didn’t write anything new technically, he did have one of his songs sampled titled “34 Ghosts IV” for the Lil Nas X song “Old Town Road” which dominated the Billboard Charts this year. Reznor in turn was listed as a writer for the song. With Reznor being listed as a writer on the song along with his writing partner Atticus Finch they took home the “Country Event of the Year” award.
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“Old Town Road” features a short banjo composition that was lifted from Nine Inch Nails’ “34 Ghosts IV,” from Nine Inch Nails 2008 album Ghosts I–IV. Lil Nas X purchased the sample for only $30. The end product was “Old Town Road”, which included two versions- including the original and Cyrus remix, went on to become a global music event. Reznor admits he was surprised and initially taken aback when he heard the song telling Rolling Stone last month
“At first, when you hear your stuff turned into something else, it always feels awkward because it’s something that intimately came from you in some way,” The Country Music Awards are scheduled to air tonight, but some awards are announced early. Who knows if Reznor will actually show up to win the award and given a speach. He’s made it pretty clear in past interviews that he doesn’t pat himself on the back for “Old Town Road’s” success.