Nile Rodgers elected chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame
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The Songwriters Hall of Fame has unanimously elected Nile Rodgers to the position of chairman. The Grammy-winning songwriter/producer will serve as chairman until 2021. He replaces co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, whose three-year term ended this year.

Rodgers first rose to international prominence in the late 1970s as a member of Chic, with hits such as "Le Freak," "Good Times" and "I Want Your Love." He has collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, Steve Winwood, Diana Ross, INXS, Lady Gaga, Avicii, Christina Aguilera, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Keith Urban. Rodgers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Rodgers commented in a statement about being named the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame:  "I am truly honored and beyond humbled to be elected by such an esteemed group as this illustrious board. I will try and serve with all my heart. I hope I can make you half as proud of me as I am to even sit in the room with you who've done so much for the furtherance of the composition. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the songwriting community."

Others elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame board this year are David Israelite (senior vice president), Mary Jo Mennella (secretary), April Anderson (deputy secretary) and Randy Grimmett (board member).

The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony takes place in June in New York City. This year's inductees were Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson, John Mellencamp, Allee Willis and Kool & the Gang chief songwriters Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown and James “JT” Taylor.