Pharrell Williams: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

Pharrell Williams: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of Pharrell Williams. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about Pharrell Williams. Enjoy the journey!

Full Name: Pharrell Lanscilo Williams

Born: April 5, 1973

Origin: Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.

Other names: Pharrell – Skateboard P – Sk8brd – Auto Goon – Magnum, the Verb Lord – Station Wagon P

Genres: Hip hop – R&B – Funk pop

Zodiac: Aries

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Early Start

  • When Williams was a seventh-grader, he met Chad Hugo at a summer band camp, where Hugo played tenor saxophone.
  • They were members of the school band at Princess Anne High School.
  • Having graduated from high school in 1991, Williams attended Northwestern University for two years before dropping out.



Career Journey

  • 1990: Williams (with Hugo, Timbaland and Magoo) created Surrounded by Idiots, a hip hop group which got disbanded before releasing any records
  • 2000: Mystikal’s single “Shake Ya Ass” (2000), Jay-Z’s single “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” (2000), and Nelly’s single “Hot in Herre” (2002) were produced by The Neptune.
  • 2002: Clipse launched their debut album, Lord Willin’, under Neptune.
  • 2005: The Neptunes produced Gwen Stefani’s single “Hollaback Girl”, which aced at Billboard Hot 100 82nd spot.
  • 2008: Williams performed with Madonna for her eleventh studio album, Hard Candy.
  • 2009: Shakira and Williams duoed on her songs “Did It Again”, “Why Wait”, “Good Stuff” and “Long Time” for her sixth studio album, She Wolf.
  • 2010: The music score for the animated film Despicable Me with composers Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira were works of Williams.N.E.R.D launched their fourth studio
  • album, Nothing, through Star Trak.
    2013: Williams collaborated with Azealia Banks with the song “ATM Jam”.
  • 2014: His second album, Girl, came out spawning the hit song “Happy” lost to “Let It Go” from Frozen.
  • 2015: Williams was named artist-in-residence at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
  • 2018: Williams performed with Ariana Grande for her fourth studio album, Sweetener (2018).
  • 2019: Five songs for Walt Disney Pictures’s The Lion King (2019) were produced by Williams.



Awards & Recognition

  • 13 Grammy Awards (three for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical)
  • two-time Academy Award nominee: in 2014 for Best Original Song, for “Happy” (from Despicable Me 2); and in 2017 for Best Picture, as a producer of Hidden Figures
  • and many others




Fun Facts & Trivia

  • ‘Skateboard P’ was his nickname in highschool; his brother was into skateboarding.
  • ‘Rocket Man Williams’ is the name of his son after an Elton John’s song.
  • He worked at McDonald’s when he was young before making it big in the music industry.




Artist’s Favorites

Food:  Ice Cream
Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Movie:  Star Trek Film Series
Sports:  Football, Skateboarding, Motocross


Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from Pharrell Williams:

Hit Different

Length: 3:22

Release: 2020

Opening Lyrics:

Hit different, hit different
Hit different (hit different), hit different
Hit different, hit different (oh)
Hit different (oh), hit different (oh)
Hit different when I’m sittin’ here
Alone, all by myself (alone, all by myself)
Hit different when I think you might be
With somebody else (ooh, yeah, na-na-na, na)
But it hit different, hit different
Hit different, hit different (oh, na-na-na, na-na-na)
Hit different, hit different (ooh)
Hit different (na-na, oh), this shit
Oh, whoa, yeah (oh)
Oh, whoa (yeah), yeah

More Songs to Listen to:

Pharrell Williams: Top 5 Songs



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