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Nile Rodgers at the 2014 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Nile Rodgers at the 2014 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards took place on Jan. 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here is what this Grammy winner said backstage in the press room.


Winner of:

Album of the Year: Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories” (featured artist)

Record of the Year: Daft Punk, “Get Lucky” (featured artist)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Daft Punk, “Get Lucky” (featured artist)

How does it feel to be carrying all those Grammy Awards?

They’re weighty, I’ll tell you that. Normally, I’m never at a loss for words. I could talk all night long, but this is a shock to me tonight. When I left my hotel, the thing I was most excited about was getting a chance to play with Stevie Wonder and all the guys who played on the record with us. And that’s all I really expected.

To walk home with all these Grammys is really weird, because in my long career of making records, I’ve probably had 10, 12 records win Grammys that the producer or the writer didn’t win the Grammy in that category. So this is shocking to me. I’m really blown away.

Daft Punk didn’t say anything on stage. Was there a problem with them speaking English?

Oh no, they speak English great. That’s their character. “Shtick” sounds a little corny, but that’s their concept. My old band Chic, we had a concept that was similar: the whole anonymous thing.

The band Kiss, if you remember back in the day, Kiss wore their makeup, and that was their thing. I remember when Kiss took their makeup off, it was a really big deal. This is their persona, they’re into it, and I respect them a great deal. That’s just what they do.

How does it feel knowing that this old-school sound from the 1970s is back with so many young artists?

It’s been amazing for me. In the last three years, I was diagnosed with very, very aggressive cancer. And I started to ramp up my life and started to do more records and more shows than I’ve ever done in my life. And I do a lot.

“Random Access Memories” was the first record I started working on [after my cancer], and then I started working with Avicii and [David] Guetta and a whole bunch of people. And everybody I worked with, they all embraced the old-school sound.

It was all me playing guitar. “Oh, listen to that interesting bass sound.” Well, that’s my guitar pitched down.” So they’re all getting back into this sound and infusing it with modern dance music. So I love it because I get to work a lot.

Can you describe working with Pharrell Williams?

Pharrell is amazing. I think he’s a real genius. He’s a total gentleman, and I’m sure we’re going to do a hell of a lot of work together.

Queen Latifah said that her favorite throwback jam is Chic’s “Good Times.” What’s your favorite throwback jam?

I’m not going to argue with Queen Latifah! Chic, “Good Times”! She’s the queen. I’m just the river.

For more info: Grammy Awards website


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