The disco legend is just the seventh recipient the Cleveland, Ohio institution’s Award for Musical Excellence.
Pharrell Williams is set to induct Nile Rodgers into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame next month.
The ceremony will take place on April 7 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Newly announced performers include Alicia Keys, Indigo Girls and – with a tribute to Prince – Lenny Kravitz.
Williams and Rodgers’ ubiquitous collaboration with Daft Punk, ‘Get Lucky’, topped charts worldwide in 2013. The pair performed it together at the following year’s BRIT Awards in a medley with ‘Good Times’ and Pharrell’s ‘Happy’.
In December, Rodgers’ band Chic announced that they would release their first album in 25 years, It’s About Time, sometime in 2017. Chic were nominated but not chosen for Rock and Roll Hall Fame induction this year; instead, Rodgers was awarded the rare Award for Musical Excellence.
The decision was widely seen to be a hangover the “Disco Sucks” movement, and in response Rodgers described himself to Rolling Stone as “happy, but perplexed”.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Snoop Dogg would induct Tupac Shakur into the Hall Fame.