Pharrell Williams

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Pharrell Williams
N.E.R.D @ Pori Jazz 2010 - Pharrell Williams 1.jpg
Pharrell Williams performing with N.E.R.D. in Pori Jazz 2010.
Born Pharrell Lanscilo Williams
April 5, 1973 (1973-04-05) (age 44)
Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Other names
  • Skateboard P
  • Sk8brd
Net worth $150 million[1]
Spouse(s) Helen Lasichanh (m. 2013)
Children 4
'Musical career
Origin Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Genres
Occupations
Instruments
Years active 1992–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website pharrellwilliams.com
Notable instruments
  • Piano
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • drums

Pharrell Lanscilo Williams[2] (born April 5, 1973), commonly known simply as Pharrell, is an American rapper, singer, record producer, composer, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up The Neptunes. They produce hip hop and R&B music. He is also the lead singer and drummer of hip-hop band N.E.R.D. He formed the band with Hugo and childhood friend Shay Haley. He released his first single "Frontin'" in 2003. His first album In My Mind was released in 2006.[3]

As part of The Neptunes, Williams has produced many singles for various musicians.[4] These artists include Jay-Z, Backstreet Boys, Blackstreet, Ludacris, Rage Against the Machine, Britney Spears, Busta Rhymes, Garbage, Mary J. Blige, and Usher. The two have earned three Grammy Awards in ten nominations. He is also the co-founder of the clothing brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Clothing. He is a member of the supergroup V.A. Playaz with Fam-Lay, Clipse, Skillz, Missy Elliott, and Timbaland & Magoo.

Williams became more well-known worldwide during 2013 and 2014, when he was featured on Robin Thicke's single "Blurred Lines" with T.I. (which he produced) and released his own single, "Happy", for the movie Despicable Me 2. Both songs reached number one in several countries around the world, including the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. He was also featured on Daft Punk's single "Get Lucky", another international chart-topper.

Grammy Awards[change | change source]

Pharrell has won 11 Grammy Awards[5] from 20 nominations.

Year Nominee Category Result Note
2004 The Neptunes Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Won
Justified Best Pop Vocal Album Won Producer
"Frontin'" Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominated
"Beautiful" Nominated
Best Rap Song Nominated
"Excuse Me Miss" Nominated
2007 "Money Maker" Won
In My Mind Best Rap Album Nominated
2014 Pharrell Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Won
"Blurred Lines" Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated
"Get Lucky" Won
Record of the Year Won
"Blurred Lines" Nominated
Random Access Memories Album of the Year Won Featured artist
Best Dance/Electronica Album Won
Blurred Lines Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated Featured artist
Producer
2015 "Happy (Live)" Best Pop Solo Performance Won
"Happy" Best Music Video Won
Girl Best Urban Contemporary Album Won
Album of the Year Nominated

Personal life[change | change source]

Pharrell has two younger brothers.[6]

Williams and model Helen Lasichanh had a son, Rocket Ayer Williams, who was born in 2008. The couple married in 2013.

In 2017, it was revealed that Lasichanh gave birth to their triplets.[7]

Discography[change | change source]

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