Nile Rodgers said seeing British bands like Roxy Music inspired him to start his band Chic.
culminating at the Q Awards at the London Roundhouse at Chalk Farm, hitmaker Everybody Dance said the UK had “a lot to do with the development of my career”.
Rodgers, 66, added that seeing Roxy Music on stage was the catalyst for him and his Chic bandmate, Bernard Edwards, to develop the group’s unique style.
The guitarist, who has collaborated with David Bowie and Madonna, spoke up by accepting the legendary award in a star-studded ceremony.
He said: “I have made a lot of records in my life and in a strange way, even though I am an American born in New York, the UK has a lot to do with developing my career.
“If it hadn’t been for this girl who took me to see this then unknown band called Roxy Music, I would never have imagined the concept of Chic.
I’ve done a lot of records in my life and in a weird way even though I’m an American born in New York UK had so much to do with developing my careerNil Rodgers
“We were in a bunch of punk bands and every time we got dressed in the morning that was what we took on stage that night. I went to this club and saw this beautiful band called Roxy Music and they were wonderful.
“They were ready and dressed to take the stage. The audience was magnificent. I phoned and called my boy in New York. I said, ‘(Chic co-founder) Bernard (Edwards), we have to do the black version of this shit.’
“It changed my life and from that point on I met people like David Bowie, George Michael and Duran Duran.”
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At the awards ceremony, U2 rocker Bono read a three-minute long poem praising Noel Gallagher before presenting him with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.
The Irish rocker and anti-poverty activist revealed he read the same poem at Gallagher’s 50th birthday party.
However, Gallagher added that he was so “crazy” that he needed Bono to repeat it at the Q Awards.
In the poem, Bono described the ex-star of Oasis as a “pupil of John and Paul”, an “alchemist” and a creator of “pop chaos”.
Gallagher, accepting the gong, said he was sure he had received the same award a few years ago, remarking that it was a “sorry accusation” from the industry.
He said: “I took a look at my trophy room before I went out here and I was like, ‘I’m sure I’ve had this before.’
“It’s a sad accusation from the music industry that they are recycling this shit.”
He added, “I would like to dedicate this award to my wife, who is by far the coolest f ****** person in the room besides me.”
Noel Gallagher also received the award for best solo artist.