Disco pioneers Chic are the most nominated band never to make it into the Hall of Fame.
Nile Rodgers has shared his thoughts on Chic failing to make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again.
The disco pioneers were nominated for a record 11th time this year, but it was announced earlier today (December 20) that Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra and Joan Baez have been chosen as 2017’s inductees ahead of them.
However, Chic’s co-founder Nile Rodgers will be honoured individually with an Award for Musical Excellence.
Asked if he is disappointed about Chic being snubbed for an 11th time, Rodgers told The New York Times: “No. I’m sort of ambivalent. I’ve never been angry about Chic not getting in. It’s just perplexing to me. I want to know why I am in and why my band is not. What’s the thing that makes me cooler than them?”
He continued: “Every year for the last three years, people have called me up and said, ‘I’m one of the voters, and I think you’re going to win this year!’ Last night it was exactly the same thing. We were trying to figure out, what other bands are sort of like Chic, but are in? We looked at Steely Dan. Those two guys can’t make records without their crew, their studio musicians. But they’re in.”
Rodgers, who produced hits for Madonna, David Bowie and Duran Duran outside of his work with Chic, added later: “I’m never angry about Chic not getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I accept it, because I keep thinking to myself, somehow they don’t really understand us. It’s O.K. that we get nominated.
“In a strange way we really have won, because we are the most nominated group ever not to win. Which is pretty awesome to me, because I am basically a rock ’n’ roll, anti-establishment guy in the first place. To me that’s a pretty high honour.”
The Hall Of Fame was launched in 1983 and annually inducts bands and artists pivotal to alternative music and culture. Next year’s ceremony will take place on April 7.
Meanwhile, Rodgers has recently announced that ‘It’s About Time’, the first new Chic album in 25 years, will be released next year.