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Pharrell

Pharrell Williams didn't only help change the face of pop music beginning in the late '90s. He also was one of the faces of pop music -- as a charismatic star who often stole the show when producing and/or guesting on other artists' hit singles. His presence was unfading, whether he was the one billed at the top or the one behind a beat.

To trace the beginning of his ascent, you have to go back to 1992, when Teddy Riley tapped him to write a verse for Wreckx-n-Effect's "Rump Shaker." Since the late '90s, Williams and longtime friend Chad Hugo -- known together as the Neptunes -- began scoring songwriting and production assignments that slowly but steadily infiltrated mainstream music, whether it was via dance-pop (Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U"), hardcore rap (Clipse's "Grindin'"), or contemporary R&B (Babyface's "There She Goes"). Williams and Hugo were relatively obscure during the mid-'90s, doing spare work for the likes of SWV, Total, and Mase, but they would eventually develop a style that would become as recognized and as mimicked as that of fellow Virginia Beach native Timbaland. (Prior to stardom, all three producers were in a band together called Surrounded by Idiots.)

As the duo took on more work, Williams' voice became increasingly familiar. He was now more likely to provide the chorus and the background vocals of the same song, in addition to appearing in the video. (Check out Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss" and Snoop Dogg's "Beautiful" for two examples.) It wasn't until the summer of 2003 that he truly stepped out on his own. He released his first solo single, "Frontin'." Produced with Hugo and featuring a guest verse from Jay-Z, the song built anticipation for The Neptunes Present... Clones, a compilation of all-new tracks from artists produced by the duo. "Frontin'" was a ubiquitous summer hit and kept Williams' momentum running up to the release of Hugo and Williams' second funk/rock-oriented N.E.R.D. album, released in March 2004. Williams' first solo album, In My Mind, survived a number of delays and was finally issued in July 2006. The set, produced by Williams alone, debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart.

Although Williams didn't release another solo album for eight years, his name, as well as that of the Neptunes, continued to carry much weight. The remainder of the 2000s was filled with commercially successful collaborations with the likes of Clipse, Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Solange, and Madonna. There was a handful of Grammy nominations, as well as a surprising 2007 win for Ludacris' "Money Maker" in the Best Rap Song category. N.E.R.D., who released their third album, Seeing Sounds, in 2008, remained an an occasional diversion.

The following decade began with a steady stream of activity. Williams was responsible for much of the music for the animated comedy Despicable Me. Along with outside production and songwriting work, Williams and Hugo put together Nothing, the fourth N.E.R.D. album. During 2011 and 2012, Williams produced most of Gloria Estefan's Miss Little Havana, dozens of cuts for R&B, rap, and pop artists, and tracks for two of the most praised albums of the early 2010s: Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. (Williams won a Grammy for his role in the latter.)

The roll continued through 2013. "Blurred Lines," a Hot 100 chart-topper from Robin Thicke, featured Williams as producer, co-songwriter, and featured artist. He co-wrote and fronted "Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself to Dance," two songs from Daft Punk's number one Billboard 200 album Random Access Memories. The soundtrack for Despicable Me 2 contained several Williams songs, led by the worldwide smash hit "Happy," for which he conceived a 24-hour music video. When the nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards were announced, Williams' name appeared in seven categories. "Get Lucky" won Record of the Year, Random Access Memories won Album of the Year, and, most notably, Williams won the award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Williams signed to Columbia, home of Daft Punk, and released his second album, G I R L, in March 2014. It reached number two on the pop charts, by which time "Happy" had achieved yet more success, becoming one of the top-selling digital singles of all time with sales of more than five million. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Wow This will help a Depressed person.. Its Just a HAPPY song... Just wants to make You Bust a Move In The Middle of The Room.. With Everybody watching You Dance in the middle of The living room or something.. And you don't care LMfAO
I love it
That's cool
watch this is so fun to see Despicable Me
This song sucks so bad
Kiss your Left hand
Say Your crushes name
Close Your hand
Say a school day
Say Your name
Open Your hand And post this on 15 other songs And Your crush Will ask You out
eduandrade_s u p a c k
Iam pharrells biggest fan holy crap cause iam happyyyyy
triplemack1
I love you so much and you're so cute and I love your music and I want to see you in person
mdt52ben
I'm a big fan ������������
I love your songs
ann06137
I love happy
Say Ariana grande clap 5x post this on 2 other songs
Any one who hates this some is crappy
Your so talented
I listen to this song Because I am Happy!!!!! Your sooo talented
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Love u
Made me happy
Iove this song��
HAPPY,������
I love the voice ������������
Nice song all the haters u suck!
hardyar249
cause I'm happy!!!!!
Dear Pharrell I love your music in 4th grade I danced to your song " Happy " P.S. WE BOTH HAVE THE LAST NAME MY NAME IS ADRIANA WILLIAMS
Dear Pharrell,I'm a big fan.And my school plase this song every Fridays .����������� � ✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️
I like your song happy
gmkroetz
I love hunter
granadosh
This is a happy day!!!!!!!
F**k this
This song made my day
bruhh(: this song is always the song to listen to when your sad!!!!!!!
southernburn 0
I think it's the best make it work guys!
southernburn 0
Nice Job kepe it up
Best song I've ever heard keep up the good work bro
kaleekeyser
Nice and awesome song ������������
Luv this song
BEST SONG EVER!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Love this song
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Post this on 15 different songs
Your crush will ask you out
Amazing song
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY U DID THIS SONG!!! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️
citlalialvar a d o 2 0
Cause I am happy happy!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
shippy29
LOVE YOU ON THE VOICE YOU R SO NICE IT ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO PASS IT ON HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL PEACE
Some of the kids in my class thinks this song is annoying.
Awesome
I always listen to happy when I'm sad cause it makes me happy
I'm so happy for you and your my favorite singer of all
Go! Go! Pharrell we dance to this song at church
This is my school song
I'm happy for happy
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