Voted for by fellow artists in the Featured Artists Coalition and peers, the PPL-sponsored award recognises the extraordinary long-term creative and innovative musical output of an individual or group. Previous winners include Guy Garvey, Tracey Thorn, Joan Armatrading, Placebo, Robbie Williams and Massive Attack.
Rodgers is already a multiple Grammy winner, a member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, chairman of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, an Ivor Novello winner and chief creative adviser at Abbey Road Studios. He is also curator of this year's Meltdown Festival.
To be selected as The Artist's Artist by some of my favourite artists is truly special
“I’ve been very lucky to receive recognition for my achievements throughout my career but this is very special," he said. "To be selected as The Artist’s Artist by some of my favourite artists is truly special. To receive that recognition from a panel as diverse as Annie Lennox, Nick Mason from Pink Floyd, Ed O’ Brien from Radiohead, Sandie Shaw and Dave Rowntree from Blur and so many others is very, very meaningful to me and will make for a special night in my life at the Artist & Managers Awards.”
Lucie Caswell, CEO, Featured Artists Coalition, said: “Try to stay still to anything Nile Rodgers has put his musical touch to. He is the kind of super talent you only see a handful of times in a lifetime and his music has been very much a part of many lives and generations. I am unbelievably excited to finally have the opportunity to thank Nile for his music and to honour it amongst his music maker peers.”
Sarah Mitchell, PPL's director of member services, added: “Being able to influence the direction of popular music across five decades requires a level of creativity and innovation few have. Nile Rodgers’ back catalogue is a testament to his talent as a musician, and we are proud to present him with this award. Through this award we are also pleased to support the MMF and the FAC, who work to represent and support artists and managers in the music industry.”
Further winners will be revealed in coming weeks.