Nile Rodgers reduced to tears at Ivor Novellos
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 May 2014
This article is from 2014.
Nile Rodgers was reduced to tears after being presented with the Legend Award at this year's Ivor Novello Awards today (22.05.14)
Nile Rodgers was reduced to tears after being presented with the Legend Award at this year's Ivor Novello Awards.
The Chic man, who was presented with the prize by Johnny Marr, was emotional after the former Smiths man delivered a moving speech and he was given a standing ovation.
On stage at the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House today (22.05.14), Johnny said: "Thanks on behalf of everyone who has moved their feet to 'Good Times' or bopped their head to 'Get Lucky' on the school run.
"Thanks for setting an example to me to show me what a guitar player could be and what a musician could [be]."
He continued: "He's always carried himself with such dignity and grace, and positivity, enthusiasm and hard work.
"He's one of the greatest, I hope he feels the love because it's there for you man. This award goes the great Mr. Nile Rodgers."
The 61-year-old star, who co-founded Chic with Bernard Edwards, has inspired countless musicians over the past three decades and shed tears as he stepped up to accept the prestigious award.
He said: "This is the best award ceremony I've ever been to. I knew all night why I was laughing but I kept crying all night too and I couldn't understand why ... it's because I love music so much.
"I still get the same feeling when I walk into the studio with David Bowie or Madonna or a basement studio with Disclosure and end up recording all night and having the time of our lives. It's never changed for me, it's exactly the same and I can't believe I get to do this and get paid."
Meanwhile, other big winners on the night including London Grammar, Tom Odell, James Blake and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.