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Pharrell Lanscilo Williams[1] (/fəˈrɛl/; born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo
Chad Hugo
comprise the record production duo The Neptunes, producing hip hop and R&B music. He is the lead vocalist of the band N*E*R*D, that he formed with Hugo and childhood friend, Shay Haley. He released his first solo single, "Frontin'", in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album, In My Mind, in 2006.[3] His second album, Girl, was released in March 2014[4][5] and included the commercially successful single, "Happy". As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous singles for various recording artists.[6] Williams has earned ten Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
including two with the Neptunes. He is also a two-time Academy Award
Academy Award
nominee, receiving a 2014 Best Original Song nomination for "Happy" (which was featured in Despicable Me 2) and a 2017 Best Picture nomination as one of the producers of Hidden Figures. Williams owns I Am Other, a multimedia creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all of Pharrell Williams' endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 1992–97: Early career 2.2 1998–2004: The Neptunes 2.3 2005–09: In My Mind 2.4 2010–12: Despicable Me
Despicable Me
and collaborations 2.5 2013–14: Despicable Me
Despicable Me
2, "Blurred Lines", "Get Lucky", Girl and international fame 2.6 2014–present: The Voice

3 Musical style 4 Business ventures 5 Personal life 6 Discography

6.1 Solo albums 6.2 Collaboration albums

7 Filmography 8 Tours 9 Videography 10 Awards 11 References 12 External links

Early life Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia
Virginia
Beach, Virginia,[7][8] the oldest of three sons of Pharaoh Williams, a handyman, and his wife Carolyn, a teacher.[9] His roots extend for generations in Virginia
Virginia
and North Carolina, and one of his ancestors journeyed to West Africa
West Africa
in 1831, prompting other relatives to emigrate from America to Liberia
Liberia
in 1832.[10] He met Chad Hugo
Chad Hugo
in a seventh-grade summer band camp where Williams played the keyboards and drums and Hugo played tenor saxophone. They were also both members of a marching band; Williams played the snare drum while Hugo was drum major.[11][12] Williams and Hugo attended Princess Anne High School
Princess Anne High School
where he played in the school band; there Pharrell got the name Skateboard P.[13] Hugo attended Kempsville High School. In the MTV
MTV
show When I Was 17, Pharrell stated that he was a nerd and often did things that made him stand out from most of his peers.[14] Williams attended Northwestern University
Northwestern University
for two years before dropping out.[15] In the early 1990s, Hugo and Williams formed a four-piece "R&B-type" group, the Neptunes, with friends Shay Haley
Shay Haley
and Mike Etheridge. They later entered a high school talent show where they were discovered by Teddy Riley, whose studio was next to Princess Anne High School.[16] After graduating from high school, the group signed with Riley.[17]

Career This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.Find sources: "Pharrell Williams" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (May 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) 1992–97: Early career Through working with Riley, Williams went on to write a verse and help produce for Wreckx-N-Effect's 1992 hit "Rump Shaker".[18] That same year, he also performed a small rap solo on SWV's second hit, "Right Here (UK Remix)". Williams and Hugo met rap duo Clipse
Clipse
in Virginia
Virginia
Beach in 1993, where they were signed to Arista Records through Williams' Star Trak
Star Trak
Entertainment imprint.[19][20] In 1994, Hugo and Williams had established themselves as a production duo under their old name "The Neptunes", and assistant-produced "Tonight's The Night" from Blackstreet's self-titled album. Over the next three years they continued to produce occasionally, and some of the results had little resemblance to the Neptunes' sound later. However, some like Mase's 1997 song "Lookin' at Me" from his album Harlem World, and the most definite beginning of the distinctive "Neptunes sound", came with N.O.R.E's "Superthug" in 1998, reaching number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100, and gaining them widespread attention for the first time. In 1999, a mutual friend introduced Williams to Kelis, and their resulting collaboration produced her first album Kaleidoscope.[citation needed]

1998–2004: The Neptunes Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
in Berlin, March 2005 At this point the Neptunes were gaining a wide fanbase and audience.[citation needed] In 2000, they produced the song I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) (featuring a chorus by Pharrell himself) for Jay Z's album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, which released as the album's first single. The song's sound and success sparked the interest of maturing pop artist Britney Spears. Britney wanted to work with the Neptunes for her upcoming album, saying "for this album I was really inspired by Jay-Z and The Neptunes, those were the two people I really listened to."[citation needed] In 2001, Britney Spears
Britney Spears
released her album Britney featuring the lead single "I'm a Slave 4 U", which was produced by The Neptunes. The song was a defining hit in both of their careers, and it was The Neptunes' first time having helped create an album that debuted number one in the Billboard 200.[21] The same year, N*E*R*D, consisting of Williams, Hugo and Haley, released their first album, In Search of..., in Europe, where the first Kelis
Kelis
album was better received. The album sounded very much like their previous production work; the group decided that they should make their work as N*E*R*D sound different, and re-recorded the album with the rock band Spymob.[citation needed] Then in 2002 their re-produced album was released worldwide, and the Neptunes reached number one in the U.S. with Nelly's single, "Hot in Herre". In August of the same year, the Neptunes were named "Producers of the Year" at both the Source Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. Clipse
Clipse
released their commercial debut album Lord Willin'
Lord Willin'
in August 2002. The album started at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number four on the Billboard 200, fueled by its first two singles, "Grindin'" and "When the Last Time", which peaked at number 34 and number 19 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed] The Neptunes
The Neptunes
released a self-credited album called The Neptunes Present... Clones in 2003, with songs and remixes from various artists. This topped the U.S. Billboard 200
Billboard 200
Albums Chart. The Neptunes and Williams specifically were also kept in public eye largely due to ties with Jay Z, producing several hit singles for him and two tracks on his The Black Album. The track "Frontin'" was a big hit (the 34th biggest of 2003 according to Billboard). A survey in August 2003 found the Neptunes produced almost 20 percent of songs played on British radio at the time, a survey in the US had them at 43 percent.[11] The same year, the Neptunes remixed the Daft Punk song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" for the duo's poorly received remix album Daft Club. The track also had a brief rap section performed by Williams.[22] N*E*R*D's second funk rock-oriented album, Fly or Die, released in March 2004. Williams's rock credentials were further bolstered by his appearance at the 2004 Grammy Awards, performing the Beatles's "I Saw Her Standing There" on drums with Sting, Dave Matthews, and Vince Gill. Williams received two Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
that night, one for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and another for Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Vocal Album
for his work on Justin Timberlake's hit album Justified. They also gained their first UK number one, again with Nelly, and "Flap Your Wings".[citation needed] In September 2004, Williams was featured on the Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
single "Drop It Like It's Hot." The song would eventually peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
two months later, marking Williams's first number one single in the United States. The song was named "Rap Song of the Decade" by Billboard in 2009.[23] In November 2004, Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
released her first debut studio album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
which featured the song Hollaback Girl, which was also produced by The Neptunes. "Hollaback Girl" entered the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
at number 82 on the issue dated April 2, 2005,[24] and within six weeks of its release, it had reached the top of the chart,[25] becoming Stefani's first US number one.

2005–09: In My Mind Williams and American astronaut Leland D. Melvin
Leland D. Melvin
present a montage to record producer Quincy Jones. On September 9, 2005, Williams performed the opening single from his first solo album In My Mind, "Can I Have It Like That", featuring Gwen Stefani. The single did poorly in the US, reaching only number 48. It fared better in the UK, reaching number three. Between then and the July 25, 2006 release of In My Mind, he released "Angel" (in Europe only), and later "Number One" with Kanye West. Several songs leaked to the internet before the album release, most notably "Mamacita" featuring Daddy Yankee, which was subsequently cut from the final version. "That Girl" featuring Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
was the final single.[citation needed] In 2006, the Neptunes produced Clipse's second album Hell Hath No Fury. Most critics labeled the album the Neptunes best production in years, and put the duo back in the charts.[26] A year later, Williams collaborated with Madonna, on the song "Hey You", which was available for download on the MSN
MSN
website. 25 cents for each of the first one million downloads was donated to the Alliance for Climate Protection, in support of Live Earth.[27] Later that year, Williams performed songs at the Concert for Diana
Concert for Diana
on July 1, 2007. On July 7, he performed at the Brazilian leg of Live Earth in Rio de Janeiro. A remix album of Williams's solo debut, In My Mind, titled Out of My Mind, was recorded with his newly formed band "The Yessirs" featuring Questlove
Questlove
of the Roots, and was produced by Questlove
Questlove
and keyboardist James Poyser. However, Williams's record label Interscope Records did not think that the album would sell well and subsequently was shelved.[28] The album has built up a strong fanbase asking for its release. The tracks started appearing on Questlove's MySpace, and with every 10,000 plays, a new song was made available. As of July 4, 2007, the full CD has leaked onto the internet along with two songs not featured on In My Mind: a remix of "Mamacita" and "Creamsickle".[citation needed] Williams produced Beyoncé's version of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend". He then wrote the Neptunes-produced "Why Should I Be Sad" on Britney Spears' fifth studio album, Blackout. He also produced two songs from the Hives' album, The Black and White Album, titled "Well All Right!" and "T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.". In April 2008, Madonna released her eleventh album, Hard Candy, which featured vocals from Williams and production from the Neptunes on several tracks. In June, an article in NME
NME
revealed that Williams was very interested in producing the Strokes' fourth album.[29] Later that year, Williams worked on a remix album for Maroon 5's Call & Response.[30] Williams continued working with a variety of artists, including Shakira
Shakira
on the songs 'Did It Again', 'Why Wait', 'Good Stuff' and 'Long Time' for her sixth studio album, She Wolf.[31] In September 2009, Williams was credited as a co-writer and producer of the song "Fresh Out the Oven" for Jennifer Lopez.[32] It was released as a buzz single from Lopez's seventh studio album Love?. The following month, Williams made a guest appearance on French rapper Uffie's first album, which arrived in early 2010.[33] In late 2009, Williams worked with the rapper Game on his fourth studio album, The R.E.D. Album.

2010–12: Despicable Me
Despicable Me
and collaborations Pharrell Williams, Odd Future
Odd Future
and Tyler, The Creator
Tyler, The Creator
performing together in April 2011 In July 2010, Williams composed the soundtrack to the movie Despicable Me, produced by Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
and recorded with the Hollywood Studio Symphony.[34] In October 2010, Williams and his group N*E*R*D supported Gorillaz
Gorillaz
on their Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour. On the tour, Damon Albarn
Damon Albarn
recorded a song with Williams but this was not featured on Gorillaz's album, The Fall.[22] The following month, N*E*R*D released their fourth studio album Nothing through Williams's label Star Trak. In late 2011, Williams worked on three tracks for Mike Posner's second album Sky High.[35] In 2011, Williams collaborated with singer Adam Lambert, co-writing two tracks for Lambert's album Trespassing, which was released in May 2012, including the title track and "Kickin' In".[citation needed] He has also collaborated with Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller
Mac Miller
on the Pink Slime EP. The first track, "Onaroll" was followed by "Glow". It was produced by Williams, with vocals from Mac Miller.[citation needed] Williams composed and produced the music for the 84th Academy Awards alongside composer Hans Zimmer.[36] He also collaborated with Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
on her album Bangerz and composed the new intro music for Chelsea Lately
Chelsea Lately
in 2012. He later contributed four tracks to The Game's California Republic mixtape called "When My Niggas Come Home" and "It Must be Tough"; produced two tracks on Usher's 2012 seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself, titled "Twisted" and "Hot Thing";[37] collaborated with Mika on his new track "Celebrate"; co-produced the tracks "Sweet Life" and "Golden Girl" from Frank Ocean's debut album Channel Orange; and is working with Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles
on her third studio album.[citation needed]

2013–14: Despicable Me
Despicable Me
2, "Blurred Lines", "Get Lucky", Girl and international fame Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
performing at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Williams was featured on Daft Punk's fourth studio album Random Access Memories on the songs "Get Lucky", "Fragments of Time" and "Lose Yourself to Dance". In addition, Williams contributed to Azealia Banks's debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste, featuring on the song "ATM Jam".[38] Williams penned three new original songs, included alongside composer Heitor Pereira's score, for the sequel Despicable Me
Despicable Me
2. These were "Just a Cloud Away", "Happy", and "Scream" (featuring CeeLo Green). His two original songs from the first film were also reprised on the soundtrack – "Despicable Me" and "Fun, Fun, Fun".[39] He also participated in the drummer sessions of the soundtrack of Man of Steel by Hans Zimmer.[40] In March 2013, Robin Thicke's single "Blurred Lines" – written and produced by Williams – was released. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching number one in 13 more countries including the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Germany. It was Williams's third Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
number one single.[41][42][43] On June 29, 2013, Williams became the 12th artist in the chart's history to simultaneously hold the number one and two positions with "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky", respectively.[44] As of July 2013 there had been only 137 singles in UK chart history to have sold more than 1 million copies; that month, Williams scored two million-sellers with "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines".[45] In August 2013, Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes
talked about an unreleased "documentary album" by Williams where he talks about "inner-city strife and hardship".[46] In November 2013, Williams released the first 24-hour music video to his Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 2
collaboration song, "Happy". Guest appearances included Magic Johnson, Steve Carell, Jimmy Kimmel, Jamie Foxx, Odd Future, Miranda Cosgrove, Janelle Monáe, and many others.[47] It has received approximately 5.5 million views as of Christmas Day, 2013.[48] The music video for the song is nominated for Best Male Video and Video of the Year at The 2014 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards.[49][50]

Play media (video) Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
introducing a N.E.R.D
N.E.R.D
section of his live performance at Summer Sonic Festival
Summer Sonic Festival
in Japan, 2015 It was announced in December 2013 that Williams had been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year.[51] In the same month, a press release from Columbia Records
Columbia Records
announced that Williams had signed a contract with the label and would be releasing an album in 2014, entitled Girl, featuring the single "Happy" from the Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 2
soundtrack.[4] For "Happy", Williams was nominated for the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Song. In February 2014 Major Lazer
Major Lazer
announced they would be releasing a five-track EP titled Apocalypse Soon
Apocalypse Soon
on the 25th of that month. The EP, released via Mad Decent
Mad Decent
and Secretly Canadian, will feature Williams and Sean Paul, among others. The first single off the EP, which features Williams, is titled "Aerosol Can".[52] Williams contributed a verse to Future's February 2014 single "Move That Dope", which also featured Pusha T
Pusha T
and Casino over production from Mike Will Made It.[53] On February 18, Williams announced via Twitter that his second album, Girl would be released on March 3, 2014.[54] At the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, Williams's song "Happy" lost to "Let It Go" from Frozen. Afterwards, when GQ magazine asked Williams "how badly" did he want the Oscar, he responded: "When they read the results, my face was...frozen. But then I thought about it, and I just decided just to...let it go."[55] The Dear Girl Tour
Dear Girl Tour
was a European concert tour, in support of his second studio album, Girl. It was Williams's first solo tour since 2006.[56] In May 2014, Williams received an Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.[57]

2014–present: The Voice Williams at the Global Citizen Festival
Global Citizen Festival
in Hamburg, July 2017. On March 31, 2014, Williams was announced as a new coach for the seventh season of The Voice, replacing CeeLo Green.[58] On May 18, 2015, Team Pharrell had 16-year-old Sawyer Fredericks
Sawyer Fredericks
win the eighth season of The Voice. In June 2014, it was announced that Williams would make a guest appearance on the docu-series Sisterhood of Hip Hop.[59] Williams was the executive producer of Atlanta rapper T.I.'s ninth studio album, Paperwork, which was released on October 21, 2014 by Grand Hustle and Columbia Records.[60] In May 2014, Williams curated an art show named after his album, "Girl," at the Galerie Perrotin
Galerie Perrotin
in Paris, France. The show included 37 artists including Takashi Murakami, JR, Daniel Arsham, and Marina Abramovic among others."[61] Comme des Garçons
Comme des Garçons
developed a unisex fragrance with Williams[62] scheduled for release in late 2014. Kaws
Kaws
designed the bottle artwork.[63] In January 2015, Williams and Al Gore
Al Gore
announced that they are teaming up to create a 7-continent "Live Earth" concert on June 18 to raise awareness about and pressure governments to act on climate change. He is the musical director.[64] On February 8, 2015, Williams made a cameo in an episode of The Simpsons
The Simpsons
entitled "Walking Big & Tall" where he comes to Springfield to write a new anthem for the town.[65] Williams recorded three songs for the soundtrack to the animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. He also recorded a song "Shine" with Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
for the Paddington movie. At the 2015 Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
Williams performed an orchestral rendition of "Happy" with composer Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
and pianist Lang Lang
Lang Lang
that included a tribute to the Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter
"Hands Up, Don't Shoot" movement inspired by Eric Garner's death and the events in Ferguson, Missouri. In 2015, a unanimous jury determined that Williams's 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines" was an infringement of the 1977 Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
song "Got to Give It Up".[66] The jury awarded the Gaye family $7.4 million in damages for the copyright infringement based on profits generated.[66] In October 2015, the Tisch School of the Arts
Tisch School of the Arts
at New York University named Williams as their artist-in-residence.[67] He gave the 2017 commencement address at NYU and received an honorary degree on May 17, 2017.[68] Also in October 2015, Williams announced that he will perform with a gospel choir on Sunday, November 1, at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine black parishioners were shot and killed on June 17, allegedly by a young white man who is awaiting trial. This is part of a program on race relations being produced by A+E Networks and iHeartMedia. Williams plans to speak with community leaders and others affected by the shooting, which dominated the U.S. news media for several days. The two-hour Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America program is scheduled to air November 20, and will also feature a concert to be filmed November 18 in Los Angeles. A goal of the program is to raise money for the victims of racial violence and for organizations around the country working to promote racial equity.[citation needed] In 2019, Pharrell announced the new "Something in the Water" festival, in Virginia
Virginia
Beach, VA the weekend of April 26,27,28. [69] [70]

Musical style In the past, Williams has stated that he does not have any direct musical influences,[71] but he has expressed his admiration for several musicians, including Michael Jackson, J Dilla, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Rakim, Q-Tip and David Bowie.[71][72][73] Williams explained that A Tribe Called Quest's 1990 album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, caused a "turning point" in his life, which "made him see that music was art".[72]

Business ventures In May 2012, Williams launched i am OTHER, a multimedia creative collective and record label; i am OTHER also serves as an umbrella for his additional business endeavors, including a dedicated YouTube channel and apparel/textile lines. In 2005, Williams partnered with Japanese fashion icon Nigo
Nigo
to create and launch the streetwear brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream footwear. BBC has flagship store in SoHo, New York City
New York City
and an official Ice Cream store in Tokyo, Japan. Several stores that retail Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream clothing exist across North America, the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Europe, as well as Asia and the Middle East. Pharrell and Nigo
Nigo
went on to launch the Billionaire Girls Club.[74] In 2008, Williams co-designed a series of jewelry ("Blason") and glasses for Louis Vuitton.[75] He has also worked on furniture with Emmanuel Perrotin and a French manufacturer, Domeau & Pérès. One of his works, a molded plastic seat with human legs, was created because he "wanted to know what it was like to be in love." The chair depicts a sexual scene with a pair of female legs and male legs. In 2009, Williams unveiled a collaborative sculpture with Takashi Murakami at Art Basel, which spoke to the metaphor of value.[76] In May 2011, it was announced that Williams would serve as Creative Director of KarmaloopTV alongside founder and CEO Greg Selkoe
Greg Selkoe
and former AMC president Katie McEnroe.[77] On August 1, 2011, Williams launched his new YouTube
YouTube
channel, "i am OTHER" as part of YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative.[78] In August 2013, Williams created a line of sunglasses for Moncler called " Moncler
Moncler
Lunettes".[79] In 2014, Williams entered a long-term partnership with Adidas.[80] His Adidas
Adidas
NMD "Human Race" collection was released on July 23, 2016. [81] In February 2014, Williams announced a collaboration between G-Star Raw and his textile company Bionic Yarn called "RAW for the Oceans," a collection of denim made from recycled plastic that is found in the ocean. The project was presented at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.[82] Williams later appeared on a cover designed by French artist Grégoire Guillemin of New York-based men fashion magazine Adon, covering the collaboration.[83] Williams released a collection for retail giant Uniqlo
Uniqlo
in April 2014 entitled "i am OTHER". It was created with Nigo, creative director of UT, the company's T-shirt division.[84] In June 2014, artist collective Rizzoli published a book by FriendsWithYou, We Are Friends With You, that featured contributions from Williams, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Peter Doroshenko.[85] Williams was the executive producer of the 2015 crime comedy-drama film Dope.[86] Williams co-composed The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
with Hans Zimmer, Johnny Marr, Michael Einziger
Michael Einziger
and David A. Stewart.[87][88] Williams owns a non-profit organization called "From One Hand To AnOTHER" (FOHTA). FOHTA is an educational foundation. According to its website, its mission is to "change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential". FOHTA's vision is to modernize the community center concept by empowering kids to learn through new technologies, arts, media and motivation.[89] In 2017, Pharell Williams designed a 1000 euro sneakers in collaboration with Chanel
Chanel
and Adidas.[90]

Personal life Williams married his longtime girlfriend, model/designer Helen Lasichanh, on October 12, 2013.[91] They have a son, Rocket Williams, born in 2008.[92] The Despicable Me
Despicable Me
song "Rocket's Theme" was written in honor of his son.[93] In September 2016, they announced that they are expecting another child. In January 2017, the couple welcomed triplets.[94] In 2005, Williams was voted "Best Dressed Man in the World" by Esquire.[95] He is a fan of the science fiction series Star Trek,[96] as indicated by his consistent use of the Vulcan salute to signify his label name, Star Trak.[97] Williams is a skateboarder and has a half-pipe inside his home.[98] Williams is building a $35 million afterschool center in his hometown Virginia
Virginia
Beach.[99] His charity "From One Hand To AnOTHER'" is a foundation developed for youth between the ages of 7 and 20 in at-risk communities throughout the country. In 2015, Pharrell bought a home in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.[100]

Discography Main articles: Pharrell Williams discography
Pharrell Williams discography
and Pharrell Williams production discography Solo albums In My Mind (2006) Girl (2014) Collaboration albums With N.E.R.D In Search Of... (2002) Fly or Die
Fly or Die
(2004) Seeing Sounds
Seeing Sounds
(2008) Nothing (2010) No One Ever Really Dies
No One Ever Really Dies
(2017) With The Neptunes The Neptunes
The Neptunes
Present...Clones (2003) Filmography Despicable Me
Despicable Me
(2010) – Composer Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 2
(2013) – Composer The Voice (2014–16) – Himself Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) – Himself Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures
(2016) – Producer, composer Despicable Me
Despicable Me
3 (2017) – Composer The Grinch (2018) – Narrator Tours Dear Girl Tour
Dear Girl Tour
(2014) Videography This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.

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Awards List of awards and nominations received by Pharrell Williams References

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Lose Yourself
to Dance" "ATM Jam" "Move That Dope" "Aerosol Can" "Hugs" "Tacky" "Shine" "WTF (Where They From)" "Safari" "Surfin'" "Heatstroke" "Feels" Concert tours Dear Girl Tour Businesses I Am Other Billionaire Boys Club Related articles The Neptunes N.E.R.D Child Rebel Soldier The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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Awards for Pharrell Williams vteBrit Award for International Male Solo Artist Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1989) Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence
(1991) Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
(1994) Prince (1995) Prince (1996) Beck
Beck
(1997) Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
(1998) Beck
Beck
(1999) Beck
Beck
(2000) Eminem
Eminem
(2001) Shaggy (2002) Eminem
Eminem
(2003) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2004) Eminem
Eminem
(2005) Kanye West
Kanye West
(2006) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2007) Kanye West
Kanye West
(2008) Kanye West
Kanye West
(2009) Jay-Z
Jay-Z
(2010) CeeLo Green
CeeLo Green
(2011) Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2012) Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean
(2013) Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2014) Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
(2015) Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
(2016) Drake (2017) Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
(2018) Drake (2019)

vte Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Record of the Year1959−1980 "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(1959) "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(1960) "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith
Percy Faith
(1961) "Moon River" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1962) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1964) "The Girl from Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto
Astrud Gilberto
& Stan Getz
Stan Getz
(1965) "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
and the Tijuana Brass (1966) "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, Ron Townson) (1968) "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1969) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, Ron Townson) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1971) "It's Too Late" by Carole King
Carole King
(1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1974) "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
(1975) "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille) (1976) "This Masquerade" by George Benson
George Benson
(1977) "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1979) "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
(Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons) (1980) 1981−2000 "Sailing" by Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes
(1982) "Rosanna" by Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro) (1983) "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
Tina Turner
(1985) "We Are the World" by USA for Africa
USA for Africa
(1986) "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood
(1987) "Graceland" by Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1990) "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1991) "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
with Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
(1992) "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (1996) "Change the World" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1997) "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
(1998) "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1999) "Smooth" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas (2000) 2001−present "Beautiful Day" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2001) "Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2002) "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) "Clocks" by Coldplay
Coldplay
(Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin) (2004) "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles
Ray Charles
& Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2005) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day
Green Day
(Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) (2007) "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) "Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
& Robert Plant
Robert Plant
(2009) "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
(Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill) (2010) "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum
(Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Adele
(2012) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra
Kimbra
(2013) "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
featuring Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
& Nile Rodgers (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith (2015) "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2016) "Hello" by Adele
Adele
(2017) "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2018) "This Is America" by Childish Gambino (2019)

vte Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Rap Song2004–2010 "Lose Yourself" – Eminem
Eminem
(2004) "Jesus Walks" – Kanye West
Kanye West
(2005) "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" – Kanye West
Kanye West
(2006) "Money Maker" – Ludacris
Ludacris
featuring Pharrell (2007) "Good Life – Kanye West
Kanye West
featuring T-Pain
T-Pain
(2008) "Lollipop" – Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne
featuring Static Major
Static Major
(2009) "Run This Town" – Jay-Z
Jay-Z
featuring Rihanna
Rihanna
and Kanye West
Kanye West
(2010) 2011–present "Empire State of Mind" – Jay-Z
Jay-Z
featuring Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
(2011) "All of the Lights" – Kanye West
Kanye West
featuring Rihanna
Rihanna
and Kid Cudi (2012) "Niggas in Paris" – Jay-Z
Jay-Z
and Kanye West
Kanye West
(2013) "Thrift Shop" – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Wanz
(2014) "i" – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
(2015) "Alright" – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
(2016) "Hotline Bling" – Drake (2017) "Humble" – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
(2018) "God's Plan" – Drake (2019)

vteN.E.R.D Pharrell Williams Chad Hugo Shay Haley Studio albums In Search of... Fly or Die Seeing Sounds Nothing No One Ever Really Dies Singles "Lapdance" "Rock Star" "Provider" "She Wants to Move" "Maybe" "Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)" "Spaz" "Sooner or Later" "Hot-n-Fun" "Hypnotize U" "Party People" "Lemon" Related articles The Neptunes

vteThe Neptunes Pharrell Williams Chad Hugo Compilations The Neptunes
The Neptunes
Present... Clones Singles "Frontin'" "It Blows My Mind" "Hot Damn" See also Production discography Star Trak
Star Trak
Entertainment N.E.R.D

vteChild Rebel Soldier Pharrell Williams Kanye West Lupe Fiasco Singles "Us Placers" Featured singles "Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)"

vte Billboard Year-End number one singles (2000–2019) 2000: "Breathe" – Faith Hill 2001: "Hanging by a Moment" – Lifehouse 2002: "How You Remind Me" – Nickelback 2003: "In da Club" – 50 Cent 2004: "Yeah!" – Usher featuring Lil Jon
Lil Jon
and Ludacris 2005: "We Belong Together" – Mariah Carey 2006: "Bad Day" – Daniel Powter 2007: "Irreplaceable" – Beyoncé 2008: "Low" – Flo Rida
Flo Rida
featuring T-Pain 2009: "Boom Boom Pow" – The Black Eyed Peas 2010: "Tik Tok" – Kesha 2011: "Rolling in the Deep" – Adele 2012: "Somebody That I Used to Know" – Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra 2013: "Thrift Shop" – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz 2014: "Happy" – Pharrell Williams 2015: "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars 2016: "Love Yourself" – Justin Bieber 2017: "Shape of You" – Ed Sheeran 2018: "God's Plan" – Drake

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