The 86th Annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, was full of surprises. Which was more memorable? The hilarious monologue from host Ellen DeGeneres? Jared Leto’s touching acceptance speech, which included a loving dedication to his mom? Or 12 Years a Slave winning Best Picture? While many have their own perception, I think Pharrell Williams was the cherry on top of Hollywood’s biggest night.
Introduced to the stage by the “Scandalous” Ms. Kerry Washington, the charismatic Mr. Williams glided onstage to perform his neo-soul, funk hit “Happy”. Taken from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, the cheerful tune was the first performance of the night. Clad in a black Adidas sweat suit and his popular oversized hat, Pharrell belted out his hit single with his trademark Curtis Mayfield-like falsetto, while joined by a group of young dancers. Wearing smiles that accentuated the song’s title, the kids showcased just how much fun they were having with their colorful choreography.
But the moment of the performance that has everyone abuzz, came once Pharrell made his way into the audience, for some “crowd participation”. Who? The female nominees.
First was Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o. Decked in her silk, light blue, deep v-neck Prada gown, the 12 Years a Slave star gleefully leaped from her seat and sashayed with Mr. Williams, while just a few seats down veteran actress Meryl Streep shimmied with him while still seated. Last, but not least, was Amy Adams. Clad in her dark navy Gucci dress, the American Hustle star rose from her seat while moving her hips and waving her hands in the air, as Pharrell danced in front of her.
Written and produced by Williams, “Happy” also serves as the lead single from his second studio album, GIRL, which officially hits shelves on March 3rd. GIRL is Williams’ first album release in eight years.
“Happy” is highly successful, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and charts in 15 other countries, including France and Germany. The crossover hit has sold one million copies in the United Kingdom. Congratulations Pharrell!
~ by Ashly Smith