Pharrell

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Singer • Songwriter • Rapper • Record Producer • Entrepreneur • Fashion Designer

Birth Date: April 5, 1973

Age: 51 years old

Birth Place: Virginia Beach, Virginia

One of the leading figures in modern hip-hop and R&B, Pharrell Williams began making music in grade school and partner Chad Hugo was there from the beginning; they met in seventh grade when both played in a marching band.

After graduating high school the two formed the Neptunes, originally as an R&B quartet, and were discovered by hot producer Teddy Riley. Studio gigs with Wreckz-n-Effect and SWV followed, and by 1994 Williams and Hugo had shed the two cofounders and restyled the Neptunes as a production duo.

Their trademark sound, incorporating old-school funk, spacey synths and world-music elements, emerged on the 1998 N.O.R.E. hit "Superthug." Over the next five years the duo racked up numerous hits, going mult-platinum with Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4U," Nelly's "Hot in Here," Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" and Justin Timberlake's album Justified.

In one of their more surprising moves, the Neptunes (with original cofounder Shay Haley re-added to the lineup) then reinvented themselves as N.E.R.D. (an acronym for No-one Ever Really Dies), a band crossing hip-hop with alternative rock. The unusual circumstances of N.E.R.D.'s 2002 debut, In Search Of..., got plenty of attention at the time: After recording the album in electronic Neptunes style and releasing that in Europe, they changed their minds and replaced all the backing tracks with a live rock band (Spymob, who had previously worked with the Neptunes).

The lead single "Lapdance" was more subversive than it initially seemed, its sexual humor giving way to the punchline "Politicians sound like strippers to me." Though not as big a chart success as the Neptunes' pop productions, N.E.R.D. won them a new audience and became an ongoing project, After a seven-year break N.E.R.D. Made its fifth album No One Ever Really Dies in 2017, with a round of star guests including Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and Ed Sheeran.

Williams remained a major chart presence through the 2010s, both solo and Neptunes. His 2006 solo debut In My Mind was only a moderate success, though its singles featured collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and Gwen Stefani. He branched into soundtracks, scoring the 2010 movie "Despicable Me" and its 2014 sequel.

The latter included "Happy" which was the best-selling song of 2014 and a cultural phenomenon, spawning videos throughout the world of fans singing and dancing to it. Williams was also involved as a writer and/or producer with a number of major hits including Daft Punk's "Lucky", Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," and Miley Cyrus' album Bangerz.

Williams' business ventures also proved successful, 2012 brought the launch of I Am Other, a multi-media venture that includes his clothes company the Billionaire Boys Club along with a million-dollar YouTube channel producing original programming. In 2014 Williams made his debut as a coach on NBC-TV's "The Voice" (NBC 2012- ), taking the slot vacated by CeeLo Green.

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Le Gala des Pièces Jaunes : Le concert événement

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2024

Doctor (Work It Out)

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2024

Piece by Piece

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2024

Piece by Piece

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2024

RapCaviar PresentsStream

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2023

Le gala des pièces jaunes : le concert événement

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2023

Pharrell Williams Feat. 21 Savage & Tyler, The Creator: Cash In Cash Out

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2022

Kidz Movie Nite

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2022

Hit List: Fall '22

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2022

Vibe: Best Of 2022

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2022

All Good Vibes

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2022

Juicebox: Bust A Move!

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2022

Juicebox: Summer Jamz, 4!

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2022

HarlemStream

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2021
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From Cradle to Stage

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2021

Kids Oscar Nite

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2021

Guest VJ: Charlotte Cardin

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2021

Juicebox: Movie Night!

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2021

Best of the 2000s

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2021

BBQ TIME!

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2021

Summer Rules!

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2021

HHRB Collabs: Then

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2021

A$AP Ferg Feat. Pharrell Williams; The Neptunes: Green Juice

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2021

Essentials: Jay-Z

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2021

North HollywoodStream

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2021
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Sing 2Stream

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2021
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Gwen Stefani: Not Just a Girl

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2021

Sing 2 - sv.tal

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2021

Voices of Fire

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2020

Voices of Fire

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2020

Voices of Fire

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2020

Pharrell Williams feat. JAY-Z: Entrepreneur

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2020

Isle of Wight Festival Greatest Hits

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2020

Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020

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2020

One World: Together at Home

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2020

20 in '20 Hits Pt.2

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2020

Best of 2000

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2020

Juicebox: Spring Break Swag

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2020

Juicebox: Cause I'm Happy!

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2020

Cause I'm Happy!

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2020

Hits: Feel-Good Pop Vol.III

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2020

Juicebox: Summer Jamz: 2

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2020

Vibe: Old School Back to School

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2020

Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America

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2019

Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America

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2019

The 2019 Global Citizen Festival: A Concert to End Extreme Poverty

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2019

Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America: Extras

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2019

Activate: The Global Citizen Movement

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2019

The Shop: Uninterrupted

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2019

Best of 2004

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2019

History of R&B

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2019

Missy Hits

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2019

MC Chill

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2019

Spring Love

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2019

J Balvin Collabs

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2019

The Blueprint

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2019

Pharrell Hits

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2019

Virginia Wins

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2019

HHRB Turning 15

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2019

Dinner Party

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2019

Rappers Delight

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2019

Euphoria

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2019

Greatest Rappers 3

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2019

Juicebox: Bust a Move

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2019

Juicebox: Kidz Movie Nite

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2019

Vibe: Hip-Hop Classics Vol.II

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2019

A Decade of Hits: Vol.II

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2019

Geniale Köpfe

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2018

Los Unidades & Pharrell Williams feat. Jozzy: E-Lo

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2018

Ariana Grande Feat. Pharrell Williams: Blazed

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2018

GMA Day

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2018

True: Magical Friends

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2018

Pharrell Williams & Camila Cabello: Sangria Wine

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2018

Mike WiLL Made-It, Rae Sremmurd & Big Sean Feat Quavo & Pharrell: Aries (YuGo) Part 2

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2018

Pharrell Williams - Live at Glastonbury

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2018

Apollo 2018

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2018

Flyest Fashion

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2018

J Balvin's Evolution

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2018

BBQ TIME!

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2018

JBalvinEvolution

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2018

BBMAMostMaleWins

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2018

N.O.R.E. Feat. Pharrell: Uno Mas

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2018

Beat Shazam Guests

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2018

'Cause I'm Happy

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2018

Dinner Party

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2018

Spring Cleaning

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2018

Afro LatinX

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2018

Fortnite Dance

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2018

Graduation

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2018

Legends of HipHop

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2018

Dads of Pop

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2018

Summer Throwbacks

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2018

Cuz I'm Happy

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2018

Dinner Party Mix

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2018

Rappers Delight

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2018

Guilty Pleasures

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2018

'00s HHRB

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2018

Kid Cudi's Best

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2018

HBCU Party

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2018

Hip Hop Majors

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2018

TBT Snoop Dogg

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2018

Rock Hall '19 Snubs

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2018

Pharrell: 'Cause I'm Happy Playlist

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2018

Family Feast

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2018

Best of Jay-Z

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2018

Masked Singer

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2018

Kids' Oscar Night Party

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2018

The GrinchStream

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2018
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The GrinchStream

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2018
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True Agus Ríocht An Bhogha Ceatha

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2017

Calvin Harris Feat Young Thug, Ariana Grande & Pharrell: Heatstroke

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2017

Pharrell Williams & Trey Parker: Hug Me

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2017

One Love Manchester - støttekoncert for ofrene

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2017

Pharrell: Yellow Light

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2017

Pharrell: There's Something Special

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2017

Calvin Harris Feat. Katy Perry, Big Sean & Pharrell: Feels

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2017

Pharrell Williams: Yellow Light (Despicable Me 3 OST)

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2017

Pharrell Williams: There's Something Special (Despicable Me 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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2017

Pharrell Williams - Ao Vivo na Alemanha

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2017

Awesome Kids Dance Party!

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2017

Roxanne Roxanne

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2017

Taraji's White Hot Holidays

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2016

Pharrell Williams - Roskilde 2015

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2016

Pharrell Williams

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2016

Pharrell Williams: Happy Go Lucky

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2016

Pharrell Feat. Jay Z: Frontin'

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2016

J. Balvin Feat. BIA, Pharrell Williams, Sky: Safari

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2016

Kid Cudi Feat. Pharrell Williams: Surfin

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2016

Pharrell Williams Feat. Jay Z: Frontin

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2016

Kim Burrell Feat. Pharell Williams: I See a Victory (Lyric Video)

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2016

Hidden FiguresStream

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2016
93%

Hidden FiguresStream

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2016
93%

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

Artst TLK

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2015

Glastonbury Festival 2015

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2015

Red Nose Day

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2015

Pharrell & Friends

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life -- An All-Star Grammy Salute

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2015

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards

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2015

Puff Daddy Feat. Pharrell Williams: Finna Get Loose

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2015

Missy Elliott Feat. Pharrell Williams: Where They From (WTF)

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2015

Pharrell Williams: Freedom

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2015

Missy Elliott: WTF (Where They From)

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2015

Missy Elliott Feat. Pharrell Williams: WTF (Where They From)

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2015

DopeStream

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2015
88%

Fresh Dressed

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2015

The iHeartradio Jingle Ball 2014

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2014

People Magazine Awards

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2014

Saving My TomorrowStream

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2014

A Very Grammy Christmas

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2014

Radio 1 Big Weekend 2014

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2014

BET Awards 2014: Extras

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2014

Pharrell and Friends

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2014

iHeartRadio Music Awards

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2014

Planet or Plastic

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2014

Black History Month

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2014

Pharrell Williams: Happy

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2014

The Oscars

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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute

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2014

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards

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2014

Future Feat. Pharrell & Pusha T: Move That Doh

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2014

Pharrell Williams: It Girl

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2014

Pharrell Williams: Come Get It Bae

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2014

Ed Sheeran Feat. Pharrell: Sing

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2014

Future Feat. Pharrell and Pusha T: Move That Dope

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2014

Pharrell Williams: Gust of Wind

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2014

Pharrell Williams: Happy

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2014

Major Lazer Feat. Pharrell: Aerosol Can

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2014

Pharrell Williams: Marilyn Monroe

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2014

Pharrell Williams Feat. Miley Cyrus: Come Get It Bae

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2014

Pharrell Williams: Dear G I R L (Teaser)

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2014

Future Feat. Pharrell & Pusha T: Move That Dope

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2014

Time Is Illmatic

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2014

Daft Punk Unchained

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2014

A Toast to 2013!

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2013

etalk 2013: Best of Fashion

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2013

Robin Thicke Feat. T.I & Pharrell Williams: Blurred Lines (Clean Version)

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2013

Styled to Rock

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2013

The Queen Latifah Show

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2013

OnSTAGE

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2013

BET Awards 2013: Extras

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2013

Nelly Feat. Nicki Minaj, Pharrell: Get Like Me

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2013

2 Chainz Feat. Pharrell: Feds Watching

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2013

Robin Thicke Feat. Pharrell and T.I.: Blurred Lines

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2013

The Voice: Extras

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2013

The Voice: Extras

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2013

Pharrell: Happy

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2013

Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams: Lose Yourself to Dance

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2013

Pharrell Williams: Happy (From Despicable Me 2)

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2013

Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines (Explicit)

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2013

Azealia Banks Feat. Pharrell: ATM Jam

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2013

Busta Rhymes Feat. P. Diddy & Pharrell: Pass the Courvoisier Part II (Long Version)

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2013

Aloe Blacc: Love Is The Answer

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2013

Wiz Khalifa Feat. Pharrell: Rise Above

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2013

Gru 2. Mi villano favorito

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2013

Dumma mej 2 - sv.tal

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2013

Itse ilkimys 2

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2013

Verschrikkelijke ikke 2

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2013

Grusomme meg 2

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2013

Grusomme mig 2

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2013

슈퍼배드 2

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2013

Despicable Me 2

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2013

Cattivissimo me 2

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2013

Verschrikkelijke Ikke 2

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2013

Despicable Me 2Stream

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2013
75%

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

Finding Your RootsStream

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Reality
2012

Project Runway All Stars

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2012

Mika Feat. Pharrell Williams: Celebrate

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2012

Big Morning Buzz Live

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2011

The VoiceStream

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2011

The VoiceStream

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2011

The VoiceStream

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Reality
2011

The VoiceStream

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2011

Access Hollywood Live

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2010

On the Red Carpet

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2010

SOS Saving OurSelves: Help for Haiti

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2010

Swedish House Mafia Feat. Pharrell: One (Your Name)

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2010

Uffie Feat. Pharrell: ADD SUV

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2010

Dumma mej

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2010

Gru, mi villano favorito

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2010

Ich - Einfach unverbesserlich

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2010

Grusomme meg

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2010

Verschrikkelijke Ikke

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2010

Moi, moche et méchant

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2010

Grusomme mig

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2010

Moi, moche et méchant

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2010

Despicable Me

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2010

Despicable Me

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2010

Despicable Me

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2010

Cattivissimo me

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2010

Verschrikkelijke Ikke

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2010

Despicable MeStream

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2010
80%

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

90210Stream

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2008

Pharrell: No Beats Unknown

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2008

Snoop Dogg Part. Pharrell Williams: Beautiful

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2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

Twista Feat. Pharrell: Give It Up

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2007

etalk

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2006

Clipse Feat. Pharrell Williams: Mr. Me Too

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2006

Pharrell Feat. Gwen Stefani: Can I Have It Like That

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2006

Ludacris Feat. Pharrell Williams: Money Maker

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2006

Fabolous Feat. Pharell Williams: Tit 4 Tat

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2006

Robin Thicke Feat. Busta Rhymes, Pharell: Wanna Love You Girl (Remix)

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2006

Sleepy Brown Feat. Big Boi, Pharrell: Margarita

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2006

Pharrell: Number One

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2006

Pharrell Feat. Snoop Dogg: That Girl

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2006

Pharrell Williams & Robin Thicke: Wanna Love You Girl

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2005

Made in Hollywood

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2005

Entertainment Tonight Canada

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2005

Robin Thicke Feat. Pharrell: Wanna Love You Girl

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2005

The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Pharrell & Diddy: Nasty Girl

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2005

Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell: Drop It Like It's Hot

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2004

Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell Williams: Let's Get Blown

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2004

Clipse Feat. Ab-Liva, Pharrell & Rosco P. Coldchain: Hot Damn

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2004

Slim Thug Feat. Pharrell: I Ain't Heard of That

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2004

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Jay-Z Feat. Pharrell Williams: Change Clothes

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2003

Jay-Z Feat. Pharrell: Excuse Me Miss

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2002

Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell: Beautiful

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2002

Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell: Beautiful

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2002

Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell: From Tha Chuuuch To Da Palace

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2002

Clipse Feat. Pharrell: Hot Damn

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2002

Britney Spears Feat. Pharrell: Boys (Coed Remix)

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2002

106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live

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2000

Clipse Feat. Pharrell Williams: I'm Good (Video Edit)

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2000

Jay-Z Feat. Pharrell: I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)

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2000

Mystikal Feat. Pharrell: Shake It Fast

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2000

Ludacris Feat. Pharrell Williams: Southern Hospitality

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2000

Clipse & Pharrell Williams: I'm Good

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2000

Access Hollywood

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Extra

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Charlie RoseStream

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1991

The SimpsonsStream

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Entertainment Tonight

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1981

CBS News Sunday Morning

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1979

Good Morning America

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Saturday Night LiveStream

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Sesame StreetStream

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Today

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Today

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