On Thursday, Pharrell Williams received the 2,537th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the W Hotel Hollywood. Over the course of his decade-long career, records he’s worked on have sold more than 100 million copies. He’s won seven Grammy Awards and he was responsible for two of 2013′s biggest songs — Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” — as well as one of 2014′s: “Happy.”
Before accepting the honor, the super producer received a warm welcome from Ellen DeGeneres, who was among the first to popularize “Happy:” She first played the fun tune on The Ellen DeGeneres Show before it gained significant radio spins.
“You have made such an imprint on music, on people’s lives,” said Ellen. “You touch people. It’s not just because you’re a brilliant producer, musician, singer-songwriter…it is because you are a kind soul. There is only one Pharrell and I’m so proud and lucky to call him my friend, I love you.”
She then recited a poem, entitled “Pharrell Forreal” which served as an acronym. “P is for pretty, H is for happy, but not the song because I just got that out of my head,” she joked. “A is for astronomy because you are a star… R is for rrrrr, because he’s sexy, and restaurant, because you love food. E is for Ellen because it’s not all about you, all the time. L is for lavatory because trust me, people will go to the bathroom on your star and there’s another L, and that is for love.”
The man of the hour then took to the podium and expressed his gratitude for the honor.
“First of all, I thank each and every last one of you guys who that are here today,” he told crowd. “For me, I say first and foremost God is the greatest, whether you recognize God or you call it the universe, whatever it is, certainly there are things that are far more bigger and more significant then we can ever be, so today to be considered and acknowledge on this level, is a huge thing for me. I’m humbled by it.”
The singer reflected on those who attributed to the success, saying, “I was once encouraged by — they call them teachers — but I call them the folks that conspired to get me here — my music teachers and my grandmother, who brought me my first snare drum…that’s all I thought about was music.” He added, “I just wanted the opportunity to create something that was good enough for people to hear on the radio.”
The Voice coach also made sure to thank his fans for supporting his career.
“You can have talent, and you can have skill, but if you don’t have the people to nurture you, to support your creativity, it means nothing and it often, in most cases, is wasted,” he said. “And if you don’t have the support of the fans, since they’re the ones who really decide if music is going to be successful or not, you can only go but so far. So today is not really about me, its about my fans as well.”
Pharrell concluded by calling music “the skeleton key” that has “opened every single door in my life - in film, TV, fashion, art, design. Music opened all those doors for me, its the reason why my creativity gets a chance to continue to flourish.”
He added, “I can work on all these various projects, because someone believed in my ability and my love and belief in music. So today, I receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but I’m sharing it with all of these people and it really feels like a dream. The last two years as exceptionally surreal for me.”
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