The night where songwriters, producers, and publishers of Hip-Hop and R&B get all the shine will be a very honorable for the legendary music-guru Nile Rodgers. The 2015 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP AWARDS will be honoring the Grammy award-winning guitarist, arranger, composer and producer with the BMI Icon Award in Los Angeles, California on August 28th.
The BMI Icon Award is given to an individual for their ability to connect people through song and defy musical expectations,” said Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations, Atlanta. “Nile’s exceptional body of work, spanning decades, crosses genres and leaves a lasting impression. We’re so thrilled to present this honor to such a singular talent and incredible musician.”
Rodgers was the co-founder of CHIC. He helped spark the hip-hop movement with his song “Good Times” and was also inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame for his pop hit “Le Freak”. His career-defining productions for David Bowie (“Let’s Dance”), Madonna (“Like A Virgin”), Diana Ross (diana), and Sister Sledge (“We Are Family”), plus his work with artists like Duran Duran, INXS, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, The B-52s, and Michael Jackson, have sold over 200 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide, while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music.
A well-deserved awards for one of the pioneering fathers of music.