Academy Award Performers
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that singer-songwriter-producer, Pharrell Williams, has been chosen to perform his song “Happy” at the Academy Awards.
Williams wrote and produced “Happy” for the 3D animated film Despicable Me 2, and it is also a contender for the Best Song Award against “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, “Let It Go” from Frozen, and “The Moon Song” from Her.
In an interview with the LA Times in December 2013, the singer spoke about his song, saying: “I wanted to send a reminder: There are lots of reasons to smile. You can be resilient with your smile. Why is it so cool to be mad all the time? Some songs, everybody’s so upset.”
His most recent collaborations include co-writing and producing “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and co-writing and singing “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, both of which became top Billboard hits in 2013.
In 2010, Billboard named Williams the producer of the decade. Throughout his career, he has garnered 7 Grammy Awards. Notable Grammys he won just last month include Producer of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Album of the Year stemming from his work on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, which the hit song “Get Lucky” came from.
There are rumors that Pharrell has been working on a new solo album, which will be his first since 2006.
The Oscars, which will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air Sunday, March 2 on ABC.