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'"), and contemporary R&B (Babyface's "There She Goes").

As the duo took on more work, Williams' voice became increasingly familiar. 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 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. Williams has won 10 Grammy Awards. He's also known for his musical contributions to the "Despicable Me" films, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for his track, "Happy."

Williams also co-produced Taraji P. Henson's mathematics drama "Hidden Figures" and oversaw all musical elements for the motion picture and its soundtrack. The film's soundtrack was released on December 9, 2016, and the film will be released on December 25, 2016. He last performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October 2015.

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