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Nine Inch Nails’ CC-licensed album nominated for a Grammy Award

Eric Steuer, December 5th, 2008

This week, the Grammy Awards nominations were announced – and, for the first time, a Creative Commons-licensed track and album are on the list. Nine Inch Nails’ “34 Ghosts IV” is nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, while the album that track appears on, Ghosts I-IV, is up for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.

This year, NIN released both Ghosts I-IV and a second album, The Slip, under a CC BY-NC-SA license. Both albums were downloaded for free and shared legally millions of times by fans under the terms of this license. At the same time, NIN found great financial success in selling cool, well-crafted, limited edition physical editions of both sets. Back in March, Wired said the band made $1.6 million on Ghosts I-IV in its first week of release alone.

Additionally, Radiohead’s song “House of Cards” is up for several Grammys, including Best Short Form Music Video. The video’s animation data was released under a CC BY-NC-SA license earlier this year (see previous post).

Congratulations to Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead for the nominations. Also, congratulations to all of the other artists whose work was nominated for Grammys this year, including Brian Eno, Diplo, Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo (AKA Gnarls Barkley), My Morning Jacket, Gilberto Gil, Peter Gabriel, Thievery Corporation, and Cornelius – all of whom have used Creative Commons licenses and/or have supported CC over the years.

2 Responses to “Nine Inch Nails’ CC-licensed album nominated for a Grammy Award”

  1. rapidshare says:

    for NIN, the tour with Jane’s Addiction, and a wealth of other subjects. The interview runs 16 minutes and includes some cool memories of Reznor’s first Jane’s Addiction concert here in Cleveland. Listen now (audio courtesy of http://loadingvault.com) PS – I can’t confirm, but I do believe that my good friend Burgo helped hold the microphone for this interview. I kid, I kid.

  2. Johannes says:

    This is totally awesome!!! I just downloaded “the slip” and it totally rocks!!! CC is best!!!