Nile Rodgers to receive 2019 Artists’ Artist Award

The CHIC co-founder will be given the honour for extraordinary innovation and creativity at this year’s Artists and Manager Awards in November.

The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and Music Managers Forum (MMF) today (Wednesday) announced that Rodgers will follow in the footsteps of Guy Garvey, Tracey Thorn, Joan Armatrading, Placebo and Massive Attack in receiving the award.

The Artists’ Artist Award is voted for by fellow artists in the FAC and peers, sponsored by PPL and recognises long-term creative and innovative output of an individual or group.

Rodgers’ career has spanned over five decades and as co-founder of the CHIC Organization, alongside Bernard Edwards, he produced a string of hit records including Le Freak, I Want Your Love, Everybody Dance and My Forbidden Love.

The band’s 1979 hit Good Times was also used in The Sugar Hill Gang’s seminal single Rappers Delight.

Rodgers’ achievements have been latterly recognised by the Grammys, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Ivor Novello Awards and as a chief creative adviser at Abbey Road Studios.

This year will see Rodgers curate the 26th Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank, with acts like SOPHIE, Thundercat, Jungle, Johnny Marr, Songhoy Blues, Despacio, Kokoroko and Dave Stewart’s Eurhythmics Songbook.

Nile Rodgers says: ‘I’ve been very lucky to receive recognition for my achievements throughout my career but this is very special. To be selected as “The Artist’s Artist” by some of my favourite artists is truly special. To receive that recognition from a panel as diverse as Annie Lennox, Nick Mason from Pink Floyd, Ed O’ Brien from Radiohead, Sandie Shaw and Dave Rowntree from Blur and so many others is very, very meaningful to me and will make for a special night in my life at the Artist & Managers Awards.’

Lucie Caswell, chief executive, Featured Artists Coalition, commented: ‘Try to stay still to anything Nile Rodgers has put his musical touch to.  As an erstwhile dancer I have spent decades of my life feeling alive to Nile’s music and working with artists clearly influenced by his style, rhythm and sense of soul. He is the kind of super talent you only see a handful of times in a lifetime and his music has been very much a part of many lives and generations. Still fresh, still kicking it and still making us dance, I am unbelievably excited to finally have the opportunity to thank Nile for his music and to honour it amongst his music maker peers.’

Sarah Mitchell, director of member services, PPL, added: ‘Being able to influence the direction of popular music across five decades requires a level of creativity and innovation few have. Nile Rodgers’ back-catalogue is a testament to his talent as a musician, and we are proud to present him with this award. Through this award we are also pleased to support the MMF and the FAC, who work to represent and support artists and managers in the music industry.’

This year’s ceremony takes place on Thursday 14 November at Bloomsbury Big Top, 93 Guilford St, WC1N 1DN.

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