Pharrell to get 'Happy' at Oscars
Just announced: Our favorite man-crush Pharrell Williams, the singer-producer-renaissance dude who went big (hat and awards-wise) at the Grammys, will play the Oscars on March 2. Current ridiculously infectious hit Happy, which Williams wrote and produced for Despicable Me 2, is nominated for original song. My contrarian Feed buddy Michelle Stark says it won't win; Frozen's Let It Go, belted by Idina Menzel, is a lock, she says. No matter. Pharrell will have a swell, smiley time anyway, 'cause that's the kind of guy he is. I absolutely love the 40-year-old pride of Virginia Beach, and here's why:
Because he doesn't care about constant fame or rabid financial success; he's genuinely interested in, and delighted by, the process and discovery of making music. That sounds cheeseball but it's true and it's refreshing these days. The eternally youthful, good-natured guy got his start as one-half of the Neptunes production crew; their rickety-beat, Middle Eastern-ish sound was ubiquitous in the early 2000s. (Britney's I'm a Slave 4 U, Nelly's Hot in Herre, Kelis' Milkshake, Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl -- to name just a few). Pharrell got tired of that so he formed the band N.E.R.D. (Lapdance), which merged rock, rap and everything but the kitchen sink. Then he went low-profile for awhile, dropped out.
And then, last year, kapow: He played a major part in two of the biggest , best songs of the year: Daft Punk's Get Lucky and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. It's impossible not to like him; it's easier just to adore him. Go on, get Happy.