Trent Reznor Presented With The Golden Note Award At The 2012 ASCAP Pop Awards


Nine Inch Nails frontman and Academy Award-winning composer Trent Reznor was honored here in Hollywood last night at the 2012 ASCAP Pop Awards for his achievement and excellence in songwriting. Earlier today we learned that Katy Perry was also honored at last night’s awards ceremony, which shows just how diverse the world of pop music can be (and what strange bedfellows it creates). In accepting the Golden Note Award last night, Reznor revealed to the assembled audience that he is starting to “get the hang of songwriting” :) Click below to see photos and read more from last night’s event.

It’s been nearly 25 years since Nine Inch Nails’ debut Pretty Hate Machine was released, but even with millions of albums sold over the course of an influential, tumultuous and ultimately triumphant career, Trent Reznor insists he’s still learning his craft. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday night at the ASCAP Pop Awards in Hollywood, where Reznor received the ASCAP Golden Note Award, the rocker-turned-Oscar-winning composer said the honor had extra special meaning. “That compliment means a lot to me [because] songwriting is a thing that I feel like I’m just getting started,” said Reznor. “I’m really starting to get the hang of it but every day is a new lesson. I’m a student here and to receive this kind of acknowledgment, it feels nice.”

Max Martin, Bruno Mars, Ludacris and more were honored at last night’s event … but, unsurprisingly, I’m most excited about Trent’s award. I’ve been a faithful fan of Reznor and NIN for all of those 25 years and let me tell you … it’s really effing fantastic to see him finally be recognized for the amazing talent that he is. I love that he says he’s just now starting to get the hang of songwriting cuz I’d argue he’s been writing pretty amazing songs for years now. I’m really excited that he sees this as just the beginning … that means we have much to look forward to. Trent teased on Twitter this week that the debut album by his new band How to Destroy Angels is complete … so hopefully we’ll be hearing new music soon. I honestly don’t pay much attention to these ASCAP award shows … but when they honor someone as talented as Trent Reznor, it gives me new faith in the music industry. Congrats, Trent! And let’s hear some new music, yo!

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  • HTDA is awful. Unless they’ve changed their sound entirely, and replaced his wife from singing. I’m sure the record sales will make Trent realize that, and that he should have just continued with NIN. Supposedly we’re going to get new NIN at some point.

    • @Kristopher — I am very excited for new NIN, as well … but I honestly disagree with you that HTDA is “awful”. On the contrary, I love the female vocals over the NIN-like music. I am really looking forward to hearing the debut album. I actually run to BBB as part of my running mix. Love that track.

  • ChloeX

    Trent, I agree with you. HTDA is a great band. I love Mariqueen’s voice laid over that signature Reznor tension. I can not wait to hear the new album!

  • krtmom

    Does anyone know if Trent’s had baby number two yet? I’m a huge fan. He looks awesome. Such a talented person!