Pharrell Williams must be feeling pretty Happy these days.
After collecting three Grammy Awards and performing alongside Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers at last month’s awards show, it was announced earlier this week that Williams will perform his Oscar nominated original song Happy, from Despicable Me 2 at the Academy Awards next month. Before he does however, the acclaimed producer will also take time out, along with Earth, Wind & Fire, Kendrick Lamar and others to perform at the 2014 NBA All Star Game weekend festivities.
For Pharrell Williams, this continues his recent string of success stories. He “got lucky” collaborating with French electronic masters Daft Punk, resulting in one of his three Grammy Award wins last month for their smash song Get Lucky. Aside from Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, Get Lucky was the “it” song of the summer. What’s even crazier, is that according to an article on Unreality TV’s web site, it took Williams less than an hour to write his part for the critically acclaimed hit:
“I think I wrote it in an hour or so,” he told Look Magazine as reported by UnrealityTV. “But then we did a bunch of takes so they got exactly what they needed.”
Beside Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, who saw their popularity and sales soar, there has been no greater surge in popularity for any artist post Grammy Awards than Pharrell Williams. Continuing along these lines, it was also announced that Pharell will join the aforementioned Kendrick Lamar at the 2014 NBA All Star Game weekend festivities.
While it was announced that Lamar will headline the always popular Saturday night of NBA All-Star weekend, with a performance prior to Sprite Slam Dunk contest, according to Billboard.com, Williams “will perform during the player introductions, and will be bringing out some special guests.”
Following the 2014 NBA All Star Weekend performance, Pharrell Williams will next be seen at The Academy Awards, where he may be feeling a case of déjà vu. Just as it transpired at the Grammy Awards this past January 26th, Williams may already have collected an award before he ever takes the stage. And according to the Hollywood Reporter, “if Williams wins, he will be the third-ever rapper to receive an Oscar, following Eminem for “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile and Three Six Mafia for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from Hustle & Flow.”
The Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres will air Sunday, March 2 on ABC, where you can catch Pharrell Williams’ performance of Happy.