A Conversation With Nile Rodgers And Merck Mercuriadis

The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host legendary musician Nile Rodgers and acclaimed music executive and manager, Merck Mercuriadis, to the Clive Davis Theater for a special discussion, moderated by Scott Goldman.

Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC and the newly elected Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak,” (the biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records!) and sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times.” Most recently, he was appointed as the first ever Chief Creative Advisor for the legendary Abbey Road Studios to cap off a year that has included “festival best” performances at both Glastonbury and Coachella. His work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music. Nile Rodgers & CHIC recently released their first new studio album, “It’s About Time” in over 26 years to critical acclaim and a Top 10 position in the UK album charts.

Merck Mercuriadis is a Canadian-American music executive and music manager. He is the current CEO, Founder, and managing partner of Hipgnosis Songs Ltd, an artist management firm, publisher, and record label based in London and Los Angeles. Mercuriadis is currently the manager of music legend Nile Rodgers and the former manager of several notable rock and pop bands and musicians including Sir Elton John, Guns’N’Roses, Iron Maiden, Morrissey, Pet Shop Boys, Macy Gray, Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, and Jane’s Addiction, to name a few. Most recently, Mercuriadis is the Creator and Founder of the Hipgnosis Songs Fund, LTD, which has raised over $300 million in investment Capitol and has acquired hit songs and copyrights, including Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’, Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ Kanye West’s ‘All Of The Lights’, Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’, and Jay Z’s ‘Holy Grail’ featuring Justin Timberlake, among other songs. Nile Rodgers is a co-founder of the Fund and sits on the Advisory Board.