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He was unanimously voted in and will serve as chairman for a three-year term. He succeeds the godlike Philadelphia soul architects and songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who had previously served their term as co-chairs.
Speaking in statement, Nile Rodgers said: "I am truly honoured and beyond humbled to be elected by such an esteemed group as this illustrious board. 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."
“Nile is respected and admired by his fans and his peers alike for his multi/cross-genre music and for being a musical pioneer,” said Linda Moran, SHOF President and CEO. “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 Songwriters Hall Of Fame.”
Nile Rodgers is no stranger to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. He was inducted into the august institution in 2016, and he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017.
Eligibility for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame is based on songwriters having consistently written hits for 20 years and in this respect, Nile Rodgers has delivered more than most. In addition to his work with Chic, Rodgers has worked with a host of artists including David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna as well Daft Punk and Sigala among many others.
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