Nile Rodgers is happy to advocate for Cher.
He's a fan, a friend and, this year, a tour co-star of the diva whose life story is now playing on Broadway. And he can't believe with all that she's accomplished, she hasn't been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Nile understands being patient -- after all, he was inducted into the Rock Hall after 11 failed nominations. We spoke to him last week on the red carpet for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, where he's its chairman.
Nile Rodgers talked about working with Cher in 2019:
"I've already done two legs of Cher's tour and we finish up this year with her. We play the Garden twice and then we go all the way to the end of the year."
Nile Rodgers says Cher is a unique artist:
"She's amazing. I mean, when you think about it, how many people ever believed that Cher would have the acting skills that she has? How many people ever would have believed -- I'm not trying to be corny, here -- but that she would come up with a song like 'Believe.' When that song came out, it sort of changed the whole electronica vibe. It was very pop, it was very Cher and it was very cutting edge."
Nile Rodgers can't understand why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has overlooked Cher:
"It's something that I find very bizarre. I think that, it's too many people trying to prove that their teenage years were cooler than the other person's teenage years -- because I think that things like Hall of Fames should be based on statistics and what people have actually accomplished."