Pharrell Williams


November 21st, 2013

Pharrell's got a girl, and he's happy. Then they break up, but he's gonna be fine. Because he's happy. Are you also happy? Because if you are, you should clap along. But if you don't, Pharrell probably won't care. That's how happy he is.

Did you know?

  • The song has been highly successful, peaking at number one in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and 19 other countries.
  • It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost to "Let It Go" from Frozen.
  • 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."
  • In May 2014, a group of Iranian fans who created a tribute to "Happy" were arrested. According to a police chief, the song represented vulgarity and also hurt public chastity. Later the Iranian president criticized the arrest saying in his tweet - "#Happiness is our people's right. We shouldn't be too hard on behaviours caused by joy." The dancers, along with the director, were later released.
  • Pharrell Williams was born April 5, 1973 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • In the 1990s, Williams and friend Chad Hugo formed a four-piece "R&B type" group, The Neptunes, with friends Shay Haley and Mike Etheridge. They later entered a high school talent show where they were discovered by Teddy Riley. After graduation the group signed with Riley.
  • Williams has earned seven Grammy Awards including two with The Neptunes.
  • Williams has worked with a variety of artists: Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Adam Lambert, Lupe Fiasco, rapper Mac Miller and Miley Cyrus
  • Williams has stated that he does not have any direct influences, but has expressed his admiration for several musicians, including Michael Jackson, J Dilla, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Rakim and Q-Tip.
  • Pharrell co-founded the clothing brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear. He has a boutique store in New York City on West Broadway.
  • The Despicable Me song "Rocket's Theme" was written in honor of his son, Rocket Williams.