While acts like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde walked away from this year’s Grammys smiling, Trent Reznor found himself raging against award organizers for cutting short his star-studded closing performance. But Reznor’s profanity-laden outburst did not fall on deaf ears. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Grammys Executive Producer Keith Ehrlich addressed the rocker’s complaints.
“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[ed] 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.”
The explanation itself makes perfect sense logistically, given millions of dollars depend on these awards shows running like well-oiled machines. However, earlier in the interview, Ehlrich reveals a profoundly more hilarious possible reason for the abrupt commercial break: Jay Z got him wasted.
“I really don’t drink, but about an hour from the end of the show, Jay Z keeps a little bottle of cognac underneath his seat, and takes a taste,” said Ehrlich, who also checks Twitter during the broadcast. “So I came down there a couple of times during the show and he filled my cup. By the ‘In Memoriam’ segment, I was feeling pretty good.”
Read the whole interview here, which includes a story about Ehrlich insulting Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter at his own after-party as well as some insightful tidbits about the Grammys’ operating procedures.
For an uninterrupted performance from Reznor, Dave Grohl, and Josh Homme, check out “Mantra” from the Sound City documentary: