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Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams
Williams performing with N*E*R*D in Pori Jazz 2010.
Background information
Birth name Pharrell Lanscilo Williams[1]
Also known as
  • Pharrell
  • Skateboard P
  • Sk8brd[2]
Born (1973-04-05) April 5, 1973
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
  • Record producer
  • rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • fashion designer
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • drums
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts
Website .compharrellwilliams

Pharrell Lanscilo Williams[1] (born April 5, 1973), also known by his mononym Pharrell (), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music. He is also the lead vocalist and drummer of rock, funk and hip hop band N*E*R*D, which he formed with Hugo and childhood friend Shay Haley. He released his first single "Frontin'" in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album In My Mind in 2006.[3] His second album, Girl, was released on March 3, 2014.[4][5] It was preceded by the commercially successful single "Happy".

As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous hit singles for various recording artists.[6] Williams has earned ten Grammy Awards including two with the Neptunes. He currently owns a media venture that encompasses entertainment, music, fashion, and art called i am OTHER, a multimedia creative collective and record label that serves as an umbrella for all of Pharrell Williams' endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream apparel, Billionaire Girls Club, textile company Bionic Yarn and a dedicated YouTube channel launched in 2012. The channel was launched on May 12, 2012 as part of YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • 1992–97: Early career 2.1
    • 1998–2004: The Neptunes 2.2
    • 2005–09: In My Mind 2.3
    • 2010–12: Despicable Me and collaborations 2.4
    • 2013–present: Girl and The Voice 2.5
  • Musical style 3
  • Business ventures 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Discography 6
  • Tours 7
  • Awards and nominations 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early life

Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia,[7][8] the oldest of three sons of Pharaoh Williams, a handyman, and his wife Carolyn, a teacher.[9] His roots extend for generations in Virginia and North Carolina, and one of his ancestors journeyed to West Africa in 1831, prompting other relatives to emigrate from America to Liberia in 1832.[10] Williams is part Filipino descent.[11]

He met Chad Hugo in a seventh-grade summer band camp where Williams played the keyboards and drums and Hugo played tenor saxophone. They were also both members of a marching band; Williams played the snare drum while Hugo was drum major.[12][13] Williams attended Princess Anne High School where he played in the school band; there he got the name Skateboard P.[14] Hugo attended Kempsville High School. In the MTV show When I Was 17, Pharrell stated that he was a nerd and often did things that stood out from most of his peers.[15]

In the early 1990s, Hugo and Williams 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, whose studio was next to Princess Anne High School.[16] After graduating from high school, the group signed with Riley.[17]


1992–97: Early career

Through working with Riley, Williams went on to write a verse and help produce for Wreckx-N-Effect's 1992 hit "Rump Shaker".[18] That same year, he also performed a small rap solo on SWV's second hit, "Right Here (UK Remix)". Williams and Hugo met rap duo Clipse in Virginia Beach in 1993, where they were signed to Arista Records through Williams' Star Trak Entertainment imprint.[19][20] In 1994, Hugo and Williams had established themselves as a production duo under their old name "The Neptunes", and assistant-produced "Tonight's The Night" from Blackstreet's self-titled album. Over the next three years they continued to produce occasionally, and some of the results had little resemblance to the Neptunes' sound later. However, some like Mase's 1997 song "Lookin' at Me" from his album Harlem World, and the most definite beginning of the distinctive "Neptunes sound", came with N.O.R.E's "Superthug" in 1998, reaching number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100, and gaining them widespread attention for the first time. In 1999, a mutual friend introduced Williams to Kelis, and their resulting collaboration produced her first album Kaleidoscope.

1998–2004: The Neptunes

Pharrell Williams in Berlin, March 2005

At this point the Neptunes were gaining a wide fanbase and audience. In 2001, the Neptunes produced Britney Spears' single, "I'm a Slave 4 U" gaining their first worldwide number one.[21] The same year, N*E*R*D, consisting of Williams, Hugo and Haley, released their first album, In Search of..., in Europe, where the first Kelis album was better received. The album sounded very much like their previous production work; the group decided that they should make their work as N*E*R*D sound different, and re-recorded the album with the rock band Spymob.

Then in 2002 their re-produced album was released worldwide, and the Neptunes reached number one in the U.S. with Nelly's single, "Hot in Herre". In August of the same year, the Neptunes were named "Producers of the Year" at both the Source Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. Clipse released their commercial debut album Lord Willin' in August 2002. The album started at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number four on the Billboard 200, fueled by its first two singles, "Grindin'" and "When the Last Time", which peaked at number 34 and number 19 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Neptunes released a self-credited album called The Neptunes Present... Clones in 2003, with songs and remixes from various artists. This topped the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums Chart. The Neptunes and Williams specifically were also kept in public eye largely due to ties with Jay Z, producing several hit singles for him and two tracks on his The Black Album. The track "Frontin'" was a big hit (the 34th biggest of 2003 according to Billboard). A survey in August 2003 found the Neptunes produced almost 20 percent of songs played on British radio at the time, a survey in the US had them at 43 percent.[12] The same year, the Neptunes remixed the Daft Punk song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" for the duo's poorly received remix album Daft Club. The track also had a brief rap section performed by Williams.[22]

N*E*R*D's second funk rock-oriented album, Fly or Die, released in March 2004. Williams's rock credentials were further bolstered by his appearance at the 2004 Grammy Awards, performing the Beatles's "I Saw Her Standing There" on drums with Sting, Dave Matthews, and Vince Gill. Williams received two Grammy Awards that night, one for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and another for Best Pop Vocal Album for his work on Justin Timberlake's hit album Justified. They also gained their first UK number one, again with Nelly, and "Flap Your Wings".

In September 2004, Williams was featured on the Snoop Dogg single "Drop It Like It's Hot." The song would eventually peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 two months later, marking Williams's first number one single in the United States. The song was named "Rap Song of the Decade" by Billboard in 2009.[23]

2005–09: In My Mind

Williams and American astronaut Leland D. Melvin present a montage to record producer Quincy Jones.

On September 9, 2005, Williams performed the opening single from his first solo album In My Mind, "Can I Have It Like That", featuring Gwen Stefani. The single did poorly in the US, reaching only number 48. It fared better in the UK, reaching number three. Between then and the July 25, 2006 release of In My Mind, he released "Angel" (in Europe only), and later "Number One" with Kanye West. Several songs leaked to the internet before the album release, most notably "Mamacita" featuring Daddy Yankee, which was subsequently cut from the final version. "That Girl" featuring Snoop Dogg was the final single.

In 2006, the Neptunes produced Clipse's second album Hell Hath No Fury. Most critics labeled the album the Neptunes best production in years, and put the duo back in the charts.[24] A year later, Williams collaborated with Madonna, on the song "Hey You", which was available for download on the MSN website. 25 cents for each of the first one million downloads was donated to the Alliance for Climate Protection, in support of Live Earth.[25] Later that year, Williams performed songs at the Concert for Diana on July 1, 2007. On July 7, he performed at the Brazilian leg of Live Earth in Rio de Janeiro.

A remix album of Williams's solo debut, In My Mind, titled Out of My Mind, was recorded with his newly formed band "The Yessirs" featuring Questlove of the Roots and was produced by Questlove and keyboardist James Poyser. However, Williams's record label Interscope Records did not think that the album would sell well and subsequently was shelved.[26] The album has built up a strong fanbase asking for its release. The tracks started appearing on Questlove's MySpace, and with every 10,000 plays, a new song was made available. As of July 4, 2007, the full CD has leaked onto the internet along with two songs not featured on In My Mind: a remix of "Mamacita" and "Creamsickle".

Williams produced Beyoncé's version of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend". He then wrote the Neptunes-produced "Why Should I Be Sad" on Britney Spears' fifth studio album, Blackout. He also produced two songs from the Hives' album, The Black and White Album, titled "Well All Right!" and "T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.".

In April 2008, Madonna released her eleventh album, Hard Candy, which featured vocals from Williams and production from the Neptunes on several tracks. In June, an article in NME revealed that Williams was very interested in producing the Strokes' fourth album.[27] Later that year, Williams worked on a remix album for Maroon 5's Call & Response.[28]

Williams continued working with a variety of artists, including Shakira on the songs 'Did It Again', 'Why Wait', 'Good Stuff' and 'Long Time' for her sixth studio album, She Wolf.[29] In September 2009, Williams was credited as a co-writer and producer of the song "Fresh Out the Oven" for Jennifer Lopez.[30] It was released as a buzz single from Lopez's seventh studio album Love?. The following month, Williams made a guest appearance on French indie/electronic rapper Uffie's first album, which arrived in early 2010.[31] In late 2009, Williams worked with the rapper Game on his fourth studio album, The R.E.D. Album.

2010–12: Despicable Me and collaborations

Pharrell Williams, Odd Future and Tyler, The Creator performing together in April 2011

In July 2010, Williams composed the soundtrack to the movie Despicable Me, produced by Hans Zimmer and recorded with the Hollywood Studio Symphony.[32] In October 2010, Williams and his group N*E*R*D supported Gorillaz on their Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour. On the tour, Damon Albarn recorded a song with Williams but this was not featured on Gorillaz's album, The Fall.[22] The following month, N*E*R*D released their fourth studio album Nothing through Williams's label Star Trak. In late 2011, Williams worked on three tracks for Mike Posner's second album Sky High.[33]

In 2011, Williams collaborated with singer/composer Adam Lambert, co-writing two tracks for Lambert's album Trespassing, which was released in May 2012, including the title track and "Kickin' In".

In 2012, it was announced on Lupe Fiasco's website that he and Lupe will work on a collaborative album and work on Waka Flocka Flame's album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family.

He has also collaborated with Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller on the Pink Slime EP. The first track, "Onaroll" was followed by "Glow". It was produced by Williams, with vocals from Mac Miller.

Williams composed and produced the music for the 84th Academy Awards alongside composer Hans Zimmer.[34] He also collaborated with Miley Cyrus on her album Bangerz and composed the new intro music for Chelsea Lately in 2012. He later contributed four tracks to The Game's California Republic mixtape called "When My Niggas Come Home" and "It Must be Tough"; produced two tracks on Usher's 2012 seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself, titled "Twisted" and "Hot Thing";[35] collaborated with Mika on his new track "Celebrate"; co-produced the tracks "Sweet Life" and "Golden Girl" from Frank Ocean's debut album Channel Orange; and is working with Solange Knowles on her third studio album.

2013–present: Girl and The Voice

Williams was featured on Daft Punk's fourth studio album Random Access Memories on the songs "Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself to Dance". In addition, Williams contributed to Azealia Banks's debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste, featuring on the song "ATM Jam".[36] Williams penned three new original songs, included alongside composer Heitor Pereira's score, for the sequel Despicable Me 2. These were "Just a Cloud Away", "Happy", and "Scream" (featuring CeeLo Green). His two original songs from the first film were also reprised on the soundtrack – "Despicable Me" and "Fun, Fun, Fun".[37] He also participated in the drummer sessions of the soundtrack of Man of Steel by Hans Zimmer.[38]

In March 2013, Robin Thicke's hit single "Blurred Lines" - written and produced by Williams - was released. The song was a worldwide hit, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching number one in 13 more countries including the United Kingdom and Germany. It was Williams's third Billboard Hot 100 number one single.[39][40][41] On June 29, 2013, Williams became the 12th artist in the chart's history to simultaneously hold the number one and two positions with "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky", respectively.[42]

Pharrell Williams performing at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

As of July 2013 there had been only 137 singles in UK chart history to have sold more than 1 million copies; that month, Williams scored two million-sellers with "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines".[43] In August 2013, Busta Rhymes talked about an unreleased "documentary album" by Williams where he talks about "inner-city strife and hardship".[44] In November 2013, Williams released the first 24-hour music video to his Despicable Me 2 collaboration song, "Happy". Guest appearances included Magic Johnson, Steve Carell, Jimmy Kimmel, Jamie Foxx, Odd Future, Miranda Cosgrove, Janelle Monáe, and many others.[45] It has received approximately 5.5 million views as of Christmas Day, 2013.[46] The music video for the song is nominated for Best Male Video and Video of the Year at The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.[47][48]

(video) Pharrell Williams introducing a N.E.R.D section of his live performance at Summer Sonic Festival in Japan, 2015

It was announced in December 2013 that Williams had been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year.[49] In the same month, a press release from Columbia Records announced that Williams had signed a contract with the label and would be releasing an album in 2014, entitled Girl, featuring the single "Happy" from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.[4] For "Happy", Williams was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In February 2014 Major Lazer announced they would be releasing a five-track EP titled Apocalypse Soon on the 25th of that month. The EP, released via Mad Decent and Secretly Canadian, will feature Williams and Sean Paul, among others. The first single off the EP, which features Williams, is titled "Aerosol Can".[50] Williams contributed a verse to Future's February 2014 single "Move That Dope", which also featured Pusha T and Casino over production from Mike Will Made It.[51]

On February 18, Williams announced via Twitter that his second album, Girl would be released on March 3, 2014.[52] At the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, Williams's song "Happy" lost to "Let It Go" from Frozen. Afterwards, 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."[53]

The Dear Girl Tour was a European concert tour, in support of his second studio album, Girl. It was Williams's first solo tour since 2006.[54]

On March 31, 2014, Williams was announced as a new coach for the seventh season of The Voice, replacing CeeLo Green.[55] On May 18, 2015, Team Pharrell had 16-year-old Sawyer Fredericks win the eighth season of The Voice. In June 2014, it was announced that Williams would make a guest appearance on the docu-series Sisterhood of Hip Hop.[56] Pharrell Williams is the executive producer of Atlanta rapper T.I.'s ninth studio album, Paperwork, which was released on October 21, 2014 by Grand Hustle and Columbia Records.[57] In May 2014, Williams curated an art show named after his album, "Girl," at the Galerie Perrotin in Paris, France. The show included 37 artists including Takashi Murakami, JR, Daniel Arsham, and Marina Abramovic among others."[58] Comme des Garçons developed a unisex fragrance with Williams scheduled for release in late 2014. Artist KAWS designed the bottle.[59]

In January 2015, Williams and Al Gore announced that they are teaming up to create a 7-continent "Live Earth" concert on June 18 to raise awareness about and pressure governments to act on climate change. He is the musical director.[60] On February 8, 2015, Williams made a cameo in an episode of The Simpsons entitled "Walking Big & Tall" where he comes to Springfield to write a new anthem for the town.[61] Williams recently made three songs for the soundtrack to the The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water movie. He also recorded a song "Shine" with Gwen Stefani for the Paddington Movie. At the 2015 Grammy Awards Williams performed an orchestral rendition of "Happy" with composer Hans Zimmer and pianist Lang Lang that included a tribute to the Black Lives Matter "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" movement inspired by Eric Garner's death and the events in Ferguson, Missouri. In 2015, a unanimous jury determined that Williams's 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines" was an infringement of the 1977 Marvin Gaye song "Got to Give It Up".[62] The jury awarded the Gaye family $7.4 million in damages for the copyright infringement based on profits generated.[62]

In October 2015, the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University named Williams as their artist-in-residence.[63]

Also in October 2015, Williams announced that he will perform with a gospel choir on Sunday, November 1, at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine black parishioners were shot and killed on June 17, allegedly by a young white man who is awaiting trial. This is part of a program on race relations being produced by A+E Networks and iHeartMedia. Williams plans to speak with community leaders and others affected by the shooting, which dominated the U.S. news media for several days. The two-hour “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America” program is scheduled to air November 20, and will also feature a concert to be filmed November 18 in Los Angeles. A goal of the program is to raise money for the victims of racial violence and for organizations around the country working to promote racial equity.

Musical style

In the past, Williams has stated that he does not have any direct musical influences,[64] but he has expressed his admiration for several musicians, including Michael Jackson, J Dilla, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Rakim and Q-Tip.[64][65] Williams explained that A Tribe Called Quest's 1990 album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, caused a "turning point" in his life, which "made him see that music was art".[65]

Business ventures

In May 2012, Williams launched i am OTHER, a multimedia creative collective and record label; i am OTHER also serves as an umbrella for his additional business endeavors, including a dedicated YouTube channel and apparel/textile lines.

In 2005, Williams partnered with Japanese fashion icon Nigo to create and launch the streetwear brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream footwear. BBC has flagship store in SoHo, New York City and an official Ice Cream store in Tokyo, Japan. Several stores that retail Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream clothing exist across North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as Asia and the Middle East. Pharrell and Nigo went on to launch the Billionaire Girls Club.[66]

In 2008, Williams co-designed a series of jewelry ("Blason") and glasses for Louis Vuitton.[67] He has also worked on furniture with Emmanuel Perrotin and a French manufacturer, Domeau & Pérès. One of his works, a molded plastic seat with human legs, was created because he "wanted to know what it was like to be in love." The chair depicts a sexual scene with a pair of female legs and male legs.

In 2009, Williams unveiled a collaborative sculpture with Takashi Murakami at Art Basel, which spoke to the metaphor of value.[68]

In May 2011, it was announced that Williams would serve as Creative Director of KarmaloopTV alongside founder and CEO Greg Selkoe and former AMC president Katie McEnroe.[69]

On August 1, 2011, Williams launched his new YouTube channel, "i am OTHER" as part of YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative.[70]

In August 2013, Williams created a line of sunglasses for Moncler called "Moncler Lunettes".[71]

In 2014, Williams entered a long-term partnership with Adidas.[72]

In February 2014, Williams announced a collaboration between G-Star Raw and his textile company Bionic Yarn called "RAW for the Oceans," a collection of denim made from recycled plastic that is found in the ocean. The project was presented at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.[73]

Williams released a collection for retail giant Uniqlo in April 2014 entitled "i am OTHER". It was created with Nigo, creative director of UT, the company's T-shirt division.[74]

In June 2014, artist collective Rizzoli published a book by FriendsWithYou called "We Are Friends With You" that featured contributions from Williams, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Peter Doroshenko.[75]

Williams was the executive producer of the 2015 crime comedy-drama film Dope.[76]

Williams co-composed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Hans Zimmer, Johnny Marr, Michael Einziger and David A. Stewart.[77][78]

Williams owns a non-profit organization called "From One Hand To AnOTHER" (FOHTA). FOHTA is an educational foundation. According to its website, its mission is to "change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential". FOHTA's vision is to modernize the community center concept by empowering kids to learn through new technologies, arts, media and motivation.[79]

Personal life

Williams married his longtime girlfriend, model/designer Helen Lasichanh, on October 12, 2013.[80] They have a son, Rocket Williams, born in November 2008.[81] The Despicable Me song "Rocket's Theme" was written in honor of his son.[82]

In 2005, Williams was voted "Best Dressed Man in the World" by Esquire.[83] He is a fan of the science fiction series Star Trek,[84] as indicated by his consistent use of the Vulcan salute to signify his label name, Star Trak.[85] Williams is a skateboarder and has a half-pipe inside his home.[86]

Williams is building a $35 million afterschool center in his hometown Virginia Beach.[87] His charity "From One Hand To AnOTHER'" is a foundation developed for youth between the ages of 7 and 20 in at-risk communities throughout the country.

In an interview for the magazine GQ Style (Autumn/Winter 2013), Williams described his religious views: "On paper I'm a Christian, but really I'm a Universalist." With regard to "those who have concluded that God simply doesn’t exist", Pharrell Williams has stated: "It’s so incredibly arrogant and pompous. It’s amazing that there are people who really believe that".[88]

In 2014, Williams was made into a cartoon in a video called "Jellyfish" by Takashi Murakami.[89]

In 2015, Pharrell put down $7.14 million for a new home, located in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. It boasts six bedrooms and sits on 1.55 acres (6,300 m2), and features a two-story guesthouse, a motor court, an infinity pool, and deck atop the garage that doubles as an outdoor screening room.[90]



Awards and nominations

Academy Award
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 Best Original Song Nominated
American Music Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2013 "Blurred Lines" (with Robin Thicke and T.I) Single of the Year Nominated[91]
2014 Himself Artist of the Year Nominated
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Nominated
Girl Favorite Soul/R&B Album Nominated
"Happy" Single of the Year Nominated
Annie Award
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2011 Despicable Me (with Heitor Pereira) Best Music in a Feature Production Nominated
2014 Despicable Me 2 (with Heitor Pereira) Best Music in a Feature Production Nominated
BBC Music Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 Himself International Artist of the Year Won
2014 "Happy" Song of the Year Won
BET Hip Hop Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2013 "Himself" Producer of the Year Nominated
2014[92] Nominated
"Move That Dope" (with Future, Pusha T & Casino) Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
Best Collabo, Duo or Group Nominated
Best Club Banger Won
People's Champ Award Nominated
"Move That Dope" Sweet 16 (Best Featured Verse) (only Pharrell) Nominated
BET Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Happy" Video of the Year Won
Viewer's Choice Award Nominated
"Blurred Lines" (with Robin Thicke & T.I) Best Collaboration Nominated
Himself Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Won
Billboard Music Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Blurred Lines" (with Robin Thicke & T.I) Top Hot 100 Song Won
Top Radio Song Won
Top Digital Song Won
Top R&B Song Won
Top Streaming Song (Audio) Nominated
"Get Lucky" (with Daft Punk) Top Streaming Song (Audio) Nominated
Top Dance/Electronic Song Nominated
"Happy" Top R&B Song Nominated
Himself Top R&B Artist Nominated
2015 "Happy" Top R&B Song Nominated
Top Radio Song Nominated
Top Digital Song Nominated
Himself Top Male Artist Nominated
Top R&B Artist Won
"G I R L" Top R&B Album Won
ECHO Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2007 In My Mind International Hip-Hop/R&B Artist/Group of the Year Nominated
Grammy Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
As artist
2003 "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II" (with Busta Rhymes & P. Diddy) Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated
2004 "Frontin'" (with Jay-Z) Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominated
"Beautiful" (with Snoop Dogg & Charlie Wilson) Nominated
Best Rap Song Nominated
"Excuse Me Miss" (with Jay-Z) Nominated
The Neptunes Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Won
2005 "Drop It Like It's Hot" (with Snoop Dogg) Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated
Best Rap Song Nominated
2006 The Neptunes Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Nominated
2007 In My Mind Best Rap Album Nominated
"Money Maker" (with Ludacris) Best Rap Song Won
2014 "Get Lucky" (with Daft Punk) Record of the Year Won
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Won
Pharrell Williams Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Won
2015 Girl Album of the Year Nominated
Best Urban Contemporary Album Won
"Happy" Best Music Video Won
Best Pop Solo Performance Won
As producer
2003 Nellyville Album of the Year Nominated
2004 Justified Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Album Won
2006 Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Album of the Year Nominated
"Hollaback Girl" Record of the Year Nominated
2013 Channel Orange Album of the Year Nominated
2014 Random Access Memories Won
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City Nominated
2015 Beyoncé Nominated
x Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Himself" iHeartRadio Innovator Award Won
Kid's Choice Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Himself" Favorite Male Singer Nominated
2015 "Himself" Favorite Male Singer Nominated
Los Premios 40 Principales
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2013 "Blurred Lines" (with Robin Thicke & T.I.) Best International Song Nominated
"Get Lucky" (with Daft Punk) Nominated
2014 Himself Best International Artist Nominated
"Happy" Best International Song Nominated
Best International Video Nominated
Los Premios 40 Principales América
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Get Lucky" (with Daft Punk) Best English Language Song Nominated
"Happy" Nominated
"Blurred Lines" (with Robin Thicke & T.I.) Nominated
MOBO Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2007 "Himself" Best International Male Nominated
MTV Africa Music Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 Himself Best International Act[93] Won
MTV Europe Music Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2006 "Himself" Best Male Nominated
Best R&B Nominated
2014 Best Male Nominated
Best World Stage Performance Nominated
Best US Act Nominated
"Happy" Best Song Nominated
Best Video Nominated
2015 "Freedom" Best Video Nominated
"Himself" Best Male Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Happy" Video of the Year Nominated
Best Male Video Nominated
Best Pop Video Nominated
Much Music Video Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Happy" International Video of the Year – Artist Nominated
"Lose Yourself to Dance" ft. Daft Punk International Video of the Year – Group Nominated
Neox Fan Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Happy" Best song of the year Finalist
People's Choice Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2015 Himself Favorite Male Artist Nominated
Himself Favorite R&B Artist Won
"G I R L" Favorite Album Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2015 Himself Best Male Artist Nominated
"Happy" Best Song That Makes You Smile Nominated
Teen Choice Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2014 Himself Choice Music - Male Artist Nominated
"Happy" Song: Male Artist Nominated
Himself Choice Summer Music Star: Male Nominated


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