Pharrell Williams Was ‘Surprised’ by Reaction to His Grammys Hat
The singer-producer says when it came to scoring four Grammys he was “just in awe [and] shock” and he’s “very appreciative.”
He nanned the trophies for his work with Daft Punk, however he’s gained recognition throughout his career working with almost every award-winning artist including Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Shakira, Robin Thicke, and more.
So what’s Pharrell’s secret to connecting with these artists in the studio?
“For me, I feed off of other people’s energy and what they’re going through. So it’s three things: What they walk in saying they want, is A. B is the energy and the mood they walk in with … and then there’s finding the juxtaposition of what people are used to with their voice. So if this person has a smooth, satiny voice, I’m going to find something that’s a little more grainy and rough so when you put the two together … that’s interesting.”
And it was the “Happy” singer’s attire at the Grammys that practically got him more attention than his four wins. Pharrell donned a huge tan hat, which got the Internet generating Arby’s and Smokey the Bear memes.
Pharrell explains he didn’t mean to cause an Internet frenzy, but his hat does have a story.
“It’s Vivienne Westwood. It’s a buffalo hat and it’s an ode to Malcolm McLaren,” Pharrell explains. “He had a song called ‘Buffalo Stance’ and when I was a kid it was a big thing, so I was with a friend of mine … and she gave me the history when we went to the Vivienne Westwood store and I was like ‘Okay, I need that.’ So I got it and this was about 4 or 5 years ago … and at the very last minute … I was thinking about what I was going to wear, and I knew I didn’t want to wear what I was going to wear during the performance, in the seat, or to the red carpet so I … just threw on my Adidas jacket and the buffalo hat and went for it.”
So did Pharrell expect everyone’s reaction?
“Can I tell you? I was surprised!” he admits. “I was like, ‘What? Like, what do you mean?’ You know, So many people were dressed amazing.”
The singer goes on to say he was happy for the reaction because it reinforces individuality. “It’s a step into just one expressing oneself and I applaud everybody that steps out and does what they want to do. That’s the cool thing about this moment, this shift we are all experiencing … it’s this incredible kaleidoscope of creativity that’s happening around the world.”
Coming off his Grammy streak, Pharrell is next focusing on performing at Coachella in April.
“Outkast is going to be [there], so that’s such a big deal. Queens of the Stone Age, like, it’s a pretty crazy year. And I’m once again, happy to be in the number, because there’s so much good stuff that’s going to happen this year at Coachella. I just want to bring a couple more additional atoms of good energy there … and we’re going to try to give them a good show.”
As for if the hat will make it to Coachella, Pharrell laughs: “Ah, you know, the hat conveys.”
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