Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Are a Win Away From a Giant Milestone

The duo is one award away from joining this prestigious club

September 18, 2020

Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross.

What could all of these people have in common? They might one day all be members of the prestigious group of people who have achieved the EGOT.

The EGOT is an acronym designated for those who have won an Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar, and Tony Award. Reznor and Ross have inched closer to joining the club as the pair just took home an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special (Original Dramatic Score) for their work on HBO’s Watchmen.

The Emmy win is the first for the accomplished composing pair and leaves the Tony Award as the only part of the EGOT the duo is missing. In 2011, the duo won an Oscar for their work on The Social Network soundtrack. In 2013, they took home a GRAMMY for their work on the score of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Becoming part of the EGOT club is a rare feat, but it’s seen the addition of several new members in the past two years. Most recently, Alan Menken joined the club this year when he took home an Emmy for Outstanding Original Song in a Children's, Young Adult or Animated Program.

In 2018, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, and John Legend all became EGOT members.

There’s a bit of humor that can be found in the potential of Reznor joining one of the most esteemed groups in the arts. He has been averse in the past when it comes to awards or recognition as he said in a 2018 interview, “I honestly couldn’t give less of a s***” when asked about Nine Inch Nails not being nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Reznor had a change in thought after his experience at the induction ceremony. “We’re watching Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music get inducted, who I love, and then play. And I see a whole arena full of people into it. I walk backstage cause The Cure’s gonna come up,” he said at the time.

“I go out and do my thing, and I’m not sure if The Cure is gonna resonate with the audience. The audience I see sitting on the floor there is mostly old industry people. Then I walk out to do the induction; it’s loud applause for them. And it seems real. They come up, and I can see that Robert Smith is happy and the other guys in the band are all kind of freaked out. It felt validating. I wanted to see them respected someplace I feel they deserve.”

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