Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams has helped change the face of pop music as a charismatic star who often stole the show when producing and/or guesting on other artists' hit singles. Since the late '90s, Williams and longtime friend Chad Hugo -- known together as the Neptunes -- took on songwriting and production assignments that slowly but steadily infiltrated mainstream music, including dance-pop (Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U"), hardcore rap (Clipse's "Grindin'"), or contemporary R&B (Babyface's "There She Goes").

As the duo took on more work, Williams' voice became increasingly familiar. He was now more likely to provide the chorus and background vocals of the same song. It wasn't until the summer of 2003 that he truly stepped out on his own. He released his first solo single, "Frontin',"which was a huge summer hit and kept Williams' momentum running up to the release of Hugo and his second funk/rock-oriented "N.E.R.D." album, released in March 2004. Williams' first solo album, "In My Mind," was finally issued in July 2006.

In the summer of 2013, Pharrell produced and appeared on two #1 hits; Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” giving him two million-selling songs in one month.

In 2014 he was nominated for an Oscar for his "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack hit, "Happy."

He performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in April 2014.

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