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      Pharrell Williams

      Pharrell Williams

      Highest Rated: 98% Time Is Illmatic (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 59% Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018)

      Birthday: Apr 5, 1973

      Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

      One of the leading figures in modern hip-hop and R&B, Pharrell Williams began making music in grade school and partner Chad Hugo was there from the beginning; they met in seventh grade when both played in a marching band. After graduating high school the two formed the Neptunes, originally as an R&B quartet, and were discovered by hot producer Teddy Riley. Studio gigs with Wreckz-n-Effect and SWV followed, and by 1994 Williams and Hugo had shed the two cofounders and restyled the Neptunes as a production duo. Their trademark sound, incorporating old-school funk, spacey synths and world-music elements, emerged on the 1998 N.O.R.E. hit "Superthug." Over the next five years the duo racked up numerous hits, going mult-platinum with Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4U," Nelly's "Hot in Here," Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" and Justin Timberlake's album Justified. In one of their more surprising moves, the Neptunes (with original cofounder Shay Haley re-added to the lineup) then reinvented themselves as N.E.R.D. (an acronym for No-one Ever Really Dies), a band crossing hip-hop with alternative rock. The unusual circumstances of N.E.R.D.'s 2002 debut, In Search Of..., got plenty of attention at the time: After recording the album in electronic Neptunes style and releasing that in Europe, they changed their minds and replaced all the backing tracks with a live rock band (Spymob, who had previously worked with the Neptunes). The lead single "Lapdance" was more subversive than it initially seemed, its sexual humor giving way to the punchline "Politicians sound like strippers to me." Though not as big a chart success as the Neptunes' pop productions, N.E.R.D. won them a new audience and became an ongoing project, After a seven-year break N.E.R.D. Made its fifth album No One Ever Really Dies in 2017, with a round of star guests including Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and Ed Sheeran. Williams remained a major chart presence through the 2010s, both solo and Neptunes. His 2006 solo debut In My Mind was only a moderate success, though its singles featured collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and Gwen Stefani. He branched into soundtracks, scoring the 2010 movie "Despicable Me" and its 2014 sequel. The latter included "Happy" which was the best-selling song of 2014 and a cultural phenomenon, spawning videos throughout the world of fans singing and dancing to it. Williams was also involved as a writer and/or producer with a number of major hits including Daft Punk's "Lucky", Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," and Miley Cyrus' album Bangerz. Williams' business ventures also proved successful, 2012 brought the launch of I Am Other, a multi-media venture that includes his clothes company the Billionaire Boys Club along with a million-dollar YouTube channel producing original programming. In 2014 Williams made his debut as a coach on NBC-TV's "The Voice" (NBC 2012- ), taking the slot vacated by CeeLo Green.

      Highest rated movies

      Time Is Illmatic
      Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall
      Fresh Dressed

      Photos

      Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh at arrivals for The 86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals 1 - Oscars 2014, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA March 2, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio Binuya/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for 2018 City Of Hope Gala, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA October 11, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for The 89th Academy Awards Oscars 2017 - Arrivals 1, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA February 26, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh, Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West at arrivals for 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Part 2, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY June 1, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection !!! UNITED KINGDOM OUT !!!, Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh at arrivals for The 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 - Arrivals Part 2, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA February 8, 2015. Photo By: Charlie Williams/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for THE VOICE Season 7 Red Carpet Photo Op, Hyde Sunset, Los Angeles, CA December 8, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for THE VOICE Season 7 Red Carpet Photo Op, Hyde Sunset, Los Angeles, CA December 8, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for THE VOICE Season 7 Red Carpet Photo Op, Hyde Sunset, Los Angeles, CA December 8, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY April 24, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY April 24, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for ROXANNE ROXANNE Premiere, The School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre, New York, NY March 19, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh at arrivals for The 86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals 1 - Oscars 2014, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA March 2, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio Binuya/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA February 10, 2014. Photo By: Jef Hernandez/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Premiere, Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA December 6, 2011. Photo By: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh at arrivals for The 56th Annual Grammy Awards - ARRIVALS 2, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA January 26, 2014. Photo By: Charlie Williams/Everett Collection Christopher Meledandri, Pharrell Williams at arrivals for 19th Annual Critics'' Choice Movie Awards - Part 2, The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA January 16, 2014. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh at arrivals for The 55th Annual Grammy Awards - ARRIVALS, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA February 10, 2013. Photo By: Jef Hernandez/Everett Collection Pharrell at arrivals for 2007 MTV VMA Video Music Awards - ARRIVALS, Palms Casino, Las Vegas, NV, September 09, 2007. Photo by: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Pharrell Williams at arrivals for MTV Video Music Awards VMA''s 2007 - ARRIVALS, Palms Casino, Las Vegas, NV, September 09, 2007. Photo by: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Farrell at arrivals for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Premiere, Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA December 6, 2011. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Piece by Piece Self,
      Producer
      - 2024
      72% 98% Sing 2 Alfonso (Voice) $162.7M 2021
      75% 72% A Man Named Scott Self - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gwen Stefani: Not Just a Girl Self - 2021
      78% 89% North Hollywood Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sing 2 Alfonso (Voice) - 2021
      96% 85% The Apollo Self - 2019
      59% 52% Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Narrator $270.9M 2018
      70% 62% Roxanne Roxanne Producer - 2017
      93% 93% Hidden Figures Producer,
      Original Music
      $169.3M 2016
      93% 91% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall Unknown (Character) - 2016
      91% 55% Fresh Dressed Pharrell Williams (Character) - 2015
      88% 83% Dope Original Music $17.5M 2015
      98% 83% Time Is Illmatic Unknown (Character) $109.3K 2014
      No Score Yet 77% Daft Punk Unchained Self - 2014
      75% 85% Despicable Me 2 Original Songs $368.0M 2013
      80% 83% Despicable Me Original Music $251.5M 2010

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet RapCaviar Presents Self 2023
      98% 88% Harlem Executive Producer 2021 2023
      No Score Yet 100% From Cradle to Stage Self 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer,
      Guest
      2013-2015 2017-2018 2021
      No Score Yet 57% Voices of Fire Executive Producer,
      Judge
      2020
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
      Guest
      2013-2014 2017-2018 2020
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
      Guest
      2015-2017 2020
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer,
      Guest
      2019
      100% No Score Yet AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Activate: The Global Citizen Movement Unknown (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shop Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 61% The Voice Unknown (Guest Star),
      Music Performer,
      Guest,
      Judge
      2013-2016
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saving My Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 2015
      85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Music Performer 2013-2014
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Styled to Rock Self 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Project Runway All Stars Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 38% 90210 Unknown (Guest Star) 2009