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Pharrell Bows Down to Nile Rodgers While Presenting Him With Award at 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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Last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seemed to feature more hip-hop moments than the average year. And why not, with Tupac Shakur highlighting inductees into the 2017 class? Pharrell was on hand at the event to present legendary guitarist/composer Nile Rodgers with the Award for Musical Excellence.

Skateboard P and Rodgers worked together on the smash Daft Punk single “Get Lucky,” and P remembered the collaboration fondly.

“Y’know, about five years ago I met up with the robots in Daft Punk to discuss recording a song together,” he started. “They asked me what I was working on and I told them that I was ‘kind of in this Nile Rodgers place.’ And I remember they paused and kinda looked at each other and said, ‘This is what we want you to write to.’ And they played me the demo to the song that became ‘Get Lucky.’ And then there was Nile and his trusted Hitmaker Stratocaster laying down the signature rhythmic riffs.”

He continued, “It was also the first time I worked with Nile physically, but spiritually he’s been in the studio with me for more than 25 years.”

Rodgers co-founded the group Chic in the 1970s and along the years has been a part of hits from A-list artists like Diana Ross, Madonna, David Bowie, Brittany Spears and Lady Gaga. “I started out; I was just a little kid on the side of my bed just playing guitar hoping to get one hit record,” he said, upon accepting his award. “Yo, it’s 3 billion dollars now. Yeah, they just told me a couple of months ago that I’ve sold over 300 million albums and 75 million singles. I just wanted to have one hit record.”

The induction ceremony will air on HBO Sat., April 29, at 8 p.m. EST.

Check out photos from P presenting Rodgers with the award below.

See Photos of Pharrell Presenting Nile Rodgers With Award at 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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