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Pharrell ... Grammy winner and children's author?
Is there anything that Pharrell doesn't have his hands in these days?
Take for example, that back in January 2015 Pharrell and Al Gore announced they'd be teaming up to create a 7-continent "Live Earth" concert that took place on June 18 to raise awareness about and pressure governments to act on climate change. It wasn't enough to work with a former vice president on this initiative – Pharrell also served as the musical director of the entire show.
Then, in February, Pharrell made a cameo in an episode of "The Simpsons" entitled "Walking Big & Tall," where his animated likeness came to Springfield to write a new anthem for the town. He later made three sounds for the soundtrack to the "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," and recorded a song called "Shine" with Gwen Stefani for the film "Paddington."
At the 2015 Grammy Awards Pharrell got the crowd moving when he 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 that was inspired by Eric Garner's death and the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
A month later, Pharrell signed a deal with Putnam Books for Young Readers for a book inspired by "Happy." Three more books were later negotiated with the soon-to-be children's author.
"I'm humbled by the global success of 'Happy,' but especially in awe of the song's young fans," Williams said in a press release announcing the deal. "My collaboration with Penguin allows me to continue a dialogue with these children in a fresh, new way. We're both committed to feeding the curiosity of young minds with imagination."
Pharrell Williams isn't just credited with changing the face of pop music over the last decade, he has simply become one of its brightest stars. A singer, songwriter, producer and fashion designer, the man simply known as Pharrell has ridden quite the upward trajectory ever since penning a verse to Wreckx-n-Effect's "Rump Shaker" back in 1992.
Fast forward more than two decades, and it's Pharrell himself who has many fans Rump Shakin' to his own brand of music. The last ten years especially have been a beehive of activity for the artist, who was responsible for much of the music for the hugely popular animated films "Despicable Me" and "Despicable Me 2." The latter was anchored by Pharrell's song "Happy," for which he conceived a 24-hour music video.
The last year, in particular, has been extremely memorable for Pharrell, who garnered seven nominations at the 2014 Grammy Awards. "Get Lucky," which he co-wroted and fronted for Daft Punk's number one album, won Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and most notably, Williams won the award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
When he wasn't busy collecting hardware, Pharrell was also busy recording and releasing his second album, G I R L, which dropped on March 3, 2014. A few weeks later, he was announced as a new coach for season 7 of NBC's "The Voice," replacing Cee Lo Green. Finally, Pharrell played musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" alongside "Pitch Perfect" actress Anna Kendrick on April 5.
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