Singer, Producer, Musician Pharrell has all the more reason to sing his popular song Happy, the artist is about to receive his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pharrell joins 30 honorees including rapper and singer Pitbull, actor Daniel Radcliffe, legendary band Kool and the Gang, actress Sofia Vergara, and television host Kelly Ripa. All are set to be honored with their very own stars in 2015. Committee members of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selected each honoree from among a list of hundreds of contenders for consideration. Pharrell and all of the recipients have five years to set a date for their individual star induction ceremony.
Earlier this year, Pharrell Williams came to be known as the hit-maker with his multiple nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards for his work with Robin Thicke and T.I. on the summer hit of 2013, Blurred Lines. Pharrell would take home an armful of trophies that night for his work with the French electro-pop group Daft Punk. Pharrell walked off with Grammy wins for producer of the year, record of the year, and best pop duo or group performance (for the song Get Lucky).
The 41-year-old Virginia Beach native would follow-up his success at the Grammy’s with an infectious song that got the entire world tapping their feel and feeling happy. The song Happy was written as part of the soundtrack of the animated feature film Despicable Me 2 and found Pharrell with his first Academy Award nomination for best original song. The Happy song lost to Let It Go from the Disney film Frozen.
Being selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is yet another accolade after just recently snatching two awards at last week’s Cannes Lion International Festival in Cannes, France. The enterprising Pharrell won the Grand Prix award for his clothing line. Jeans that use eco-friendly yarn derived from recycled plastic. His second win, the Cyber Grand Prix was for his website 24hoursofhappy.com that allows fans of the song Happy to upload their own happy video. Having been in the music industry for 20 years, Pharrell would earn the Innovator Award at the iHeart Radio Music Awards for his influence and creativity and talented contribution to the music industry.
While he has been seen in videos and heard singing on records, Pharrell is mostly known within the industry behind the scenes as a producer having worked with some (if not all) of the biggest names in music. From Madonna to Britney Spears, to Beyonce, to Maroon 5, Pharrell has carved a niche for himself since his early years as part of the musical producing team called The Neptunes with producing partner Chad Hugo whom he has known since the seventh grade.
Pharrell has many more hit songs to produce but in the meantime, television audiences will get a chance to see more and hear more of him when he and Gwen Stefani join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as the newest judges on NBC’s The Voice this September. In a business where fame can be fleeting, it appears that Pharrell will be around for a very long time to come. Just like Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Michael Jackson and other music producers and musicians before him, Pharrell will be forever among an elite group who now have a permanent place in Hollywood on its famed boulevard.
By Hal Banfield