Pharrell Williams had a big-hearted weekend of making 50,000+1 people “Happy.” The 44-year-old “Happy” hitmaker got a lift and concert hookup for a young leukemia patient and the next day hopped a plane to perform at the “One Love Manchester” concert.
Less than 24 hours before performing at the “One Love Manchester” concert, organized by Ariana Grande to honor and raise funds for the victims of a May 22 bombing at her Manchester concert, Pharrell Williams met with his 8-year-old fan, Reef Carneson.
Reef suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has been in the hospital since he turned 1-year-old, but Pharrell Williams managed to make his 8-year-old fan’s dreams come true.
Not only did Pharrell Williams meet with Reef personally, but he also hired a private car to drive him all the way from Cincinnati to Philadelphia, where the singer performed on Saturday night. Reef cannot travel by plane because his immune system is too weak.
During the show, Pharrell Williams serenaded Reef with “Happy” and got him backstage passes, according to TMZ.
The “Happy” hitmaker found out about Reef after cancer advocate Milk Tyson recorded a video with Reef asking Pharrell Williams for a FaceTime session with the leukemia patient.
But why bother with FaceTime sessions if you can meet your little fan in person, get him a private car to drive more than 900 km to Philadelphia, get him backstage passes to a concert, and put him in a five-star hotel, thought Pharrell Williams.
As if it wasn’t enough to make Reef the happiest person on Earth on Saturday night, Pharrell Williams went even further and got him and his sister onstage with him for the performance of “Happy.”
Pharrell Williams started his big-hearted “Happy” weekend with one person and got all the way to making just as “Happy” over 50,000 people at the “One Love Manchester” concert held by Ariana Grande less than two weeks after 22 people were killed at her Manchester Arena concert.
So Pharrell Williams hopped a plane after his Saturday’s performance in Philadelphia and got to Manchester to join the likes of Grande, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and many others for the “One Love Manchester” gig.
Pharrell Williams got Miley Cyrus onstage to perform his hit song “Happy,” which was the most successful song of 2014 with a staggering 13.9 million sales worldwide.
Pharrell Williams took the stage of the “One Love Manchester” gig to tell the crowd that he doesn’t “smell, hear, or see fear in this building.” His words echoed the sentiment of over 50,000 people who weren’t scared to show up at Grande’s concert despite her May 22 Manchester concert being targeted by terrorists just two weeks earlier.
Pharrell Williams introduced his duet with Cyrus by saying that the crowd’s lack of fear in the face of terror made him “Happy” and welcomed the “Wrecking Ball” hitmaker onstage to perform the hit song at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, according to Rolling Stone.
The “One Love Manchester” gig, which has reportedly raised over $10 million, saw collaborations of many big stars. Prior to his collab with Cyrus, Pharrell Williams took the stage of the Sunday night concert to perform “Get Lucky,” accompanied by Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford on guitar.
Mumford opened the “One Love Manchester” gig with his solo rendition of “Timshel.” The concert, which was broadcast online free around the globe, became a huge global TV event, attracting up to 100 million viewers worldwide, according to the Mirror.
On Sunday night, more than 7.4 million Twitter mentions of the official hashtag #OneLoveManchester were made, with 68 percent coming from overseas.
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