The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing will celebrate its eighth annual GRAMMY Week event honoring three-time GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. Michael Ostin and Cameron Strang will serve as honorary co-chairs at the event taking place during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 3, 2015, at The Village studios in West Los Angeles.
As the Producers & Engineers Wing 2015 honoree, Rodgers joins an impressive list of past honorees: Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, Tom Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Al Schmitt, Jerry Wexler, and Neil Young.
"Our Producers & Engineers Wing members are passionate about sound quality, the importance of music creators, and most of all, the integrity of recorded music," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year, it is with great pride that we honor a musical icon who is the epitome of everything the P&E Wing represents. Nile Rodgers is not only a revered member of the music community but also a founding member of the Wing and we look forward to celebrating his astonishing career, which continues to reach new musical heights and inspire generations."
A musician, composer, arranger, and guitarist, Rodgers is one of the most influential music producers in the history of popular music. With Chic, Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards generated chart-topping hits such as "Le Freak," "I Want Your Love," "Everybody Dance," and "Good Times." Chic's success led to producing opportunities for Rodgers and Edwards, among them albums such as Sister Sledge's We Are Family and Diana Ross' Diana.
Following Chic's dissolution in 1983, Rodgers embarked on a solo production career that launched hits for artists such as David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Cyndi Lauper, the B-52's, and Al Jarreau, among others. Rodgers segued into adding his distinct sound to film soundtracks such as Gremlins, Against All Odds, That's Dancing, White Nights, The Fly, and Earth Girls Are Easy, in addition to collaborating with Peter Gabriel on Laurie Anderson's concert film Home Of The Brave. In 1988 Rodgers composed his first orchestral score for the film Coming To America.
In the '90s Rodgers produced projects for the Vaughan Brothers, Bowie, Eric Clapton, David Lee Roth, Ric Ocasek, Patty Griffin, and the Stray Cats, among others, along with continuing soundtrack work on films such as Thelma And Louise, Cool World and Beavis And Butt-Head. In 1992 Rodgers and Edwards revisited Chic's roots with a new album, Chic-Ism. In 1996 tragedy struck when, during a series of Chic concerts in Japan, Edwards contracted pneumonia and died. Although devastated by the loss of his longtime musical partner and close friend, Rodgers ultimately regrouped and returned to playing live concerts and composing and producing music for film soundtracks such as Feeling Minnesota (including a collaboration with Bob Dylan).
In 1998 Rodgers founded the Sumthing Else Music Works record label and Sumthing Distribution, an independent music label distributor. The label focused on a fast-growing new genre: video game soundtracks. Its titles include the complete "Halo" and "Resident Evil" franchises, including "Gears Of War" and "Borderlands." During this time, Rodgers focused on additional soundtrack projects such as "Rush Hour 2," "Snow Dogs" and "Semi-Pro."
Prompted by the Sept.11, 2001, tragedies, Rodgers created the We Are Family Foundation to help promote the healing process and organized a rerecording of "We Are Family," the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted song he and Edwards wrote for Sister Sledge. The rerecording was performed by more than 200 musicians, celebrities and personalities and included a music video filmed by Spike Lee.
Rodgers has been recognized for his humanitarian efforts as well as music achievements. His accolades include The Recording Academy New York Chapter's Heroes Award, induction into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, No. 1 Singles Producer In The World award by Billboard, and the Winter Music Conference Lifetime Achievement award.
Rodgers' career has seen a strong resurgence in the electronic/dance community through his work with such acts as Avicii, Disclosure and Tensnake. His collaboration with Daft Punk on their album Random Access Memories garnered him three GRAMMY Awards for 2013, including Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Rodgers continues to tour worldwide and remains one of the most in-demand producers and artists of his time.
GRAMMY Week culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, airing live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For updates and breaking news, follow The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.
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