Nile Rodgers Reacts To Chic's Rock Hall Snubbing

12/21/2016
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(Radio.com) Nile Rodgers appeared on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot 11 times and never made the cut until 2016. In a sense, his just-announced nomination makes history but for one glaring omission.

Rodgers has been recognized without his band, Chic, to whom he credits much of his subsequent success as a writer and producer. "It's sort of bittersweet," he told Rolling Stone.

"I'm a little perplexed because even though I'm quite flattered that they believed that I was worthy, my band Chic didn't win. They plucked me out of the band and said, 'You're better than Chic.' That's wacky to me. The only reason why I met Bowie and Madonna and Duran Duran and INXS is because they all loved Chic."

Despite Chic's relatively short two-year run, Rodgers says the band's success stacks up to Hall of Fame standards, purely by the numbers. "We never had a record that wasn't gold, platinum or multiple platinum," he said. "I'm talking singles. 'Le Freak' was the largest-selling single in the history of Atlantic Records for 37 years. No other record sold that much for 37 years. If I was an announcer of rock & roll statistics I'd say, 'There's a future hall of famer there.' 'Le Freak' went Number One three times, same song. Nobody in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has done that." Read more here.

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