Nile Rodgers and his band Chic have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame an amazing eleven times, which is more nominations than any other artist.  

What’s more amazing is artists like The Moody Blues, Dick Dale and Judas Priest have never even been on the ballot.  It’s hard to get elected when you are not on the ballot.  But that is a topic for another discussion.

Yes, Chic had four Top 10 hits including “Le Freak” and “Good Times” both of which went to #1 in the late 1970s.  Both of these songs have been sampled by numerous hip-hop artists throughout the next couple of decades, most notably the use of “Good Times” on “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugar Hill Gang.  However, the voting member of the Hall didn’t think the band had what it took to earn induction.

This year, Chic was bypassed once again.  However, bandleader and guitarist Nile Rodgers is receiving the “Award for Musical Excellence” and will be inducted with the Class of 2017.

Although his band could not pass muster, Rodgers is a very deserving nominee for induction not only as a musician, but also as a phenomenal record producer.

Starting in 1979, Rodgers produced The Pointer Sisters massive hit “We Are Family” and spent the 1980s producing and playing on some of the decade’s biggest albums including:  Diana Ross’ Diana, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, INXS’ Original Sin, Madonna’s Like a Virgin, The B-52s Cosmic Thing and The Vaughan Brothers Family Style, just to name a few.

Recently, Rodgers was once again on the top of the charts in 2013 by playing his recognizable guitar riffs on Daft Punk’s #1 hit “Get Lucky” and “Lose Yourself to Dance.”

His five decades as an artist, musician, song writer and producer have left an impact in the music industry.

Congratulations to Nile Rodgers on his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

An honor well deserved.  

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions will take place on Friday, April 7th in New York.  The ceremony is sold out.