NIN closed the night with a slow and smoky cover of Johnny Cash's "Hurt," which earned nonstop cheers from the crowd.
I pop the video in, and wow... Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps... Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore... It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning different, but every bit as pure.
— Trent Reznor himself on Johnny Cash's legendary cover of "Hurt"
A hundred covers of this song, nobody sings it like him, not even Elvis.
— Will McAvoy, The Newsroom (the song in question is "Always on My Mind," originally published in 1969, with Presley's version in 1972, and Nelson's in 1982)