Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor’s industrial outfit helped define a generation of and industrial music. His 1988 debut Pretty Hate Machine caught the wave of alternative music swelling as the ‘90s approached. While his musical counterparts like Ministry were deeply embedded in the industrial music scene, Reznor (as Nine Inch Nails) smartly chose to align himself with the burgeoning alt rock sound, touring with bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain and in festivals like Lollapalooza, which presented him to a larger audience and earned him a legion of die hard fans. As he continued to generate aggressive yet melodic industrial tracks throughout the ‘90s, and rack up a considerable list of accolades and awards (including two Grammys), he ventured into soundtrack work and eventually scoring for films such as The Social Network and Gone Girl.