Turning 41 just last week, Pharrell Williams is a multi-Grammy award-winning, Oscar-nominated, TIME’s most influential people, chart topping superstar producer, singer and songwriter and the most popular guy in
school music. Showing no signs of slowing down, this mega-producer is hot property and if it is not already hideously obvious, here a few reasons why we all need to get chummy with Pharrell.
He has seen Daft Punk without their helmets.
Actually, let us rephrase that. He has seen Daft Punk, period. Which is more than most of us will be able to say in our lifetime. Plus he has bragging rights to some of the French duo’s best new hits, “Lose Yourself to Dance” and that relatively minor sensation, 'Get Lucky'.
His fashion sense is out of this world.
With his own signature Vivienne Westwood hat, Pharrell’s style evolution has been fearless and effortlessly trendsetting (and adorably goofy) over the years. He is also the co-founder of two clothing brands, and has his own Louis Vuitton jewellery line.
You can’t say the guy hasn’t got game, wearing this to the Oscars.
He is 41 years old, and we are totally cool with that.
This Benjamin Button of the music world truly gets better with age. No really, this guy is immortal. He doesn’t look a day past 25.
If he had a party, everyone would come.
Pharrell has worked with literally everyone in the industry, whether it is singing for Daft Punk or Robin Thicke, or producing for Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Kelis, Britney, Lupe Fiasco, Justin Timberlake, Usher or Frank Ocean.
Coachella 2014 saw Pharrell bring the largest posse on stage, both weekends. Gwen Stefani, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Tyler the Creator, Usher, Busta Rhymes, Rapper T.I, Pusher T and Jay-Z! Heck, even Lorde and Haim were up there dancing at one point with Beyoncé cheering fiercely on the sidelines.
As it seems his peers, just like his fans, genuinely admire and adore him.
He probably owned most of your high school iTunes library.
Recognise any of these babies? Pharrell produced, wrote, co-wrote or featured in all of them.… and they were fricken' awesome.
I’m a slave 4 U (Britney Spears), Rockstar (N.E.R.D), Work it out (Beyoncé), Senorita (Justin Timberlake), Hot in Herre (Nelly), Milkshake (Kelis), Hollaback Girl (Gwen Stefani), Drop it like it’s hot (Snoop Dog)…..the list goes on.
His second solo album, 'Girl' was released this year. His first in eight years!
“Women are a phenomenal force in my life and in my career" and "the cornerstone of existence", Pharrell spoke in media conference earlier this year. He went on to envisage a future world in which "75% of it is run by women … and I want to be on the right side of it."
So the general consensus is that Pharrell has a perfectly healthy, un-creepy appreciation for girls.
Whether it's the charming jungle beat of 'Lost Queen', the cheeky disco groove of 'Hunter' or the punchy opener 'Marilyn Monroe', this album definitely offers up a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone. He has even enlisted friends (more friends!!), Miley Cyrus, Kelly Osbourne, Hollywood’s hottest composer Hans Zimmer, Justin Timberlake, Timberland and vocals from Daft Punk to lend a hand, just because he can - marking an exciting step forward for the producer in 2014.
And I dare you not to dance to this.
Then there’s this…
Oprah. Pharrell crying. It’s all too much.
What a guy.