Pharrell celebrates first Oscar nomination with performance [News]
UPDATE (March 3, 2014): As was largely expected, the Oscar for Best Original Song was won by Demi Lovato’s “Let It Go,” from the movie Frozen, with music and lyrics credited to Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams, 40-years-old, gave arguably the best performance of the show for his own Best Original Song-nominated single, “Happy.” The song brought the crowd to it’s feet and brought on a thunderous applause for Williams, who was accompanied on stage by Jamie and Corinne Foxx, and heavily supported by the front row of the audience which included Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Rocking a black version of his signature Vivienne Westwood headgear, Williams took to the Dolby Theater stage with a tracksuit jacket, fresh looking bright red kicks and 20 professional backup dancers. “Happy” is the main single from the movie Despicable Me 2 and also appears on Pharrell’s new album, G I R L, which is officially available today.
Pharrell steals the show with “Happy” at the 86th Academy Awards
Los Angeles, CA – While Pharrell has already notched an impressive seven Grammy Awards and 24 nominations in his 20+ year career, tomorrow he’ll be up for his first Academy Award. Pharrell is nominated in the Best Original Song category for his song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2. Along with nomination, the 40-year-old singer-songwriter-producer will be performing at the event. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, kicking off at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
The appearance will coincide nicely with the release of Pharrell’s new album, G I R L, set to drop March 3 on Black Lot/Columbia. This is the first full-length release from P since his 2006 debut, In My Mind. G I R L will be supported by P’s own label, i am OTHER. “Happy” will also appear on the new project. Appearances include Timbaland, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, JoJo, Daft Punk and more.
Other nominees in the Best Original Song category include “Let It Go” from Frozen, “The Moon Song” from Her and “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting and the three other Best Original Song nominees will also perform along with a ton of other big names.
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