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Pharrell Williams Biography

Birth Place:
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Profession
Singer-songwriter, producer, fashion designer

Fast Facts

  • Formed the production duo the Neptunes with Chad Hugo after they met as junior-high students in band camp; teamed with Hugo and childhood friend Shae Thornton to form the alternative rock trio N
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  • Fired from three different McDonald's restaurants as a teen
  • The owner of his own skateboarding team, Williams was nicknamed Skateboard P in high school
  • Wrote pop producer Teddy Riley's rap verse for Wreckx-n-Effect's 1992 double-platinum single "Rump Shaker
  • " Hired by Sean "Diddy" Combs to produce songs for Total and Mase
  • Founded the apparel lines Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream
  • Partnered with Louis Vuitton on sunglasses and jewelry
  • Has collaborated as a producer, songwriter and vocalist with an elite list of artists, including Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Gwen Stefani, Nelly, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Jay-Z, Adam Levine and Robin Thicke
  • Established the charity organization From One Hand to Another in 2008, which helps kids ages 7 to 20 meet their potential through music, technology, art and motivation

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: nominated
  • 2017Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2017Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2016Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Song: nominated
  • 2013Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated

Relationships

  • Cato Williams--Brother
  • Psolomon Williams--Brother
  • Pharaoh Williams--Father
  • Carolyn Williams--Mother
  • Rocket Man Williams--Son
  • Helen Lasichanh--Wife