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Nile Rodgers Named Chairman Of Songwriters' Hall Of Fame

Nile Rodgers, performing at the Glastonbury Festival in England in June 2017.
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Nile Rodgers, performing at the Glastonbury Festival in England in June 2017.

Nile Rodgers, co-founder of the band Chic and a widely hailed producer, songwriter and guitarist, is adding one more feather to his ever-present cap: On Monday, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that Rodgers has been named as its new chairman for a three-year term. He follows Philadelphia soul legends Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, who previously served as co-chairs.

In a statement, Rodgers said, "I will try and serve with all my heart. I hope I can make you half as proud of me as I am to even sit in the room with you who've done so much for the furtherance of composition."

The Hall of Fame's president and CEO, Linda Moran, noted in the same statement that Rodger's broad experience made him an appealing candidate. "Nile is respected and admired by his fans and his peers alike for his multi/cross-genre music and for being a musical pioneer. More importantly, Nile's eloquence in talking about songwriting and its process makes him the ideal voice for the songwriting community as chairman of the SHOF."

Rodgers was himself inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016, and to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Chic will be releasing its first new album in 25 years, It's About Time, on September 14.

In 2017, the organization inducted Jay-Z, the first rapper to be recognized by the Hall. "I'm pretty sure I'm still the only President to listen to Jay-Z's music in the Oval Office," former President Barack Obama said in a pre-taped address.

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Anastasia Tsioulcas is a reporter on NPR's Arts desk. She is intensely interested in the arts at the intersection of culture, politics, economics and identity, and primarily reports on music. Recently, she has extensively covered gender issues and #MeToo in the music industry, including backstage tumult and alleged secret deals in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against megastar singer Plácido Domingo; gender inequity issues at the Grammy Awards and the myriad accusations of sexual misconduct against singer R. Kelly.