Skate Board P had one amazing 2013. Not only did the Virginia native marry his long time girlfriend Helen Lasichanh, he produced two of 2013’s biggest singles (“Get Lucky” and ” Blurred Lines”) and his clothing brand Billionaire Boys Club reached it’s ten year anniversary. Now the super producer’s song “Happy,” which served as lead single for the animated film Despicable Me 2, is nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Oscars. The three time Grammy winner now has a chance to join Eminem (“Lose Your Self”) and Three Six Mafia (“It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp”) as the only rappers to win Academy awards. Williams is also up for seven Grammys this year following the huge success of his work as a solo artist and producer. 2014 will also see another solo album from Pharrell as well, so as you can see he has no plans on slowing down. So how does he feel about his Oscar nomination?
“Uh, speechless,” Pharrell said in an interview Thursday after the nominations were announced. “Man, I am over the moon.”
His competition for the Oscar includes U2’s “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which won a Golden Globe, and the Top 40 hit “Let It Go” from the Frozen soundtrack. Other nominees are “The Moon Song” by Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for Spike Jonze’s Her and “Alone Not Yet Alone” by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiege.
“Its some of my best work and that’s because in the process I made it with my eyes closed,” he said. “That’s not a reflection of any sort of superiority in any way, shape or form. I didn’t do a lot of looking around to try and figure it out. I just closed my eyes and made it by feeling it and I think that’s why I am most proud of it.”
In addition to that, Pharrell will open for Bruno Mars’ Moonshine Jungle tour along with Aloe Blacc who is also coming off a great year. The tour is scheduled to kick off April 18 in Honolulu.
“Can’t wait to go out and make a cool moment with the ladies on the road,” he said.
The Grammys will be presented January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, while The Academy Awards will air March 2 from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.