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Nile Rodgers

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    Award for Musical Excellence

Hall of Fame Essay


Rob Bowman

Nile Rodgers’ influence on popular music over the past forty years is nearly unfathomable.

As a guitarist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and funkster extraordinaire, Rodgers has left his imprint on a stunningly wide array of genres including disco, R&B, rock, mainstream pop, hip-hop, and EDM.

Looking over the breadth of his career, a case could easily be made that no single individual has had a greater impact on the sound of pop, from the late 1970s to the present day.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2017
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Nile has taught me to value being one part of a whole - of sacrificing yourself for the song.




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