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Michael Trent Reznor
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign:
Rock singer; songwriter
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Trent Reznor Fast Facts:
Raised by his maternal grandparents after his parents divorced.
Started playing piano at 5 years old.
His hero as a child was Steve Austin, the main character in
The Six Million Dollar Man
. He later used Steve Austin as an alias for hotels while on tour.
Played tenor sax in his high school's jazz and marching bands.
Appeared in high-school productions of
Jesus Christ Superstar
(as Judas) and
The Music Man
(as Professor Harold Hill).
Left college after a year and relocated to Cleveland in order to pursue music full-time.
Appeared in the movie
Light of Day
with Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett in a bar scene with a fictional band called the Problems.
Worked as a janitor and assistant engineer at Right Track, a Cleveland recording studio. The owner allowed him to record during off-hours.
Participated in the first Lollapalooza tour.
Fought for his release from the TVT record label after it attempted to exert control over his follow-up to the million-selling debut Nine Inch Nails album
Pretty Hate Machine
. He eventually signed with Interscope.
Signed Marilyn Manson to his nascent label, Nothing Records, in 1993 and produced Manson's breakthrough 1996 album
Assembled the soundtrack for the movie
Natural Born Killers
Wrote the song "Hurt," a minor hit in 1995 that was later covered by Johnny Cash.
Trent Reznor Relationships:
Nancy Clark - Mother
Mariqueen Maandig - Wife
Tera Reznor - Sister
Clara Clark - Grandmother
Mike Reznor - Father
Bill Clark - Grandfather
Andrea Mulrain - Ex-significant Other
Trent Reznor Awards:
2011 Golden Globe: Best Original Score - Motion Picture - Winner
1995 Grammy: Best Metal Performance - Winner
2010 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Score) - Winner
2011 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Music - Nominee
2012 Golden Globe: Best Original Score - Motion Picture - Nominee
2012 Grammy: Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media - Winner
1992 Grammy: Best Metal Performance - Winner
Attended Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
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