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Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams seen on the red carpet at the 2017 Met Gala - New York, United States - Monday 1st May 2017

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Pharrell Williams - 'The Voice' Karaoke for Charity held at Hyde Sunset Kitchen at Hyde - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st April 2016

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Pharrell Williams - The Voice Karaoke For Charity held at Hyde Sunset Kitchen at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails - West Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 21st April 2016

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Pharrell Williams - The Voice Karaoke For Charity held at Hyde Sunset Kitchen at Hyde Sunset Kitchen - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st April 2016

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Pharrell Williams , Helen Lasichanh - Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 11th March 2016

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Pharrell Williams , Helen Lasichanh - Celebrities attend 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Pharrell Says He Could Never Rap Like Jay Z


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With pretty much the whole world at his feet having had the biggest selling single of the last few years, you could perhaps excuse Pharrell Williams for being immodest. But in a new interview he was very humble when comparing himself to one of his musical idols Jay-Z.

Speaking with Germany’s GQ Style magazine, the 41 year old said he would “sound braggy” if he were to rap like Jay-Z and use the same lyrics that he does. He believes that all artists should find their own style and that imitating someone else is unlikely to pay off.

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Pharrell Williams performing live in 2014

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Pharrell Williams Denies Copying Marvin Gaye On 'Blurred Lines'


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Pharrell Williams says he did not have Marvin Gaye's song Got To Give It Up in mind when writing his pop mega-hit Blurred Lines though was "channelling...that late 70s feeling." Williams, Robin Thicke and rapper T.I are being sued by Gaye's family over similarities between the 1977 song and the 2013 pop hit.

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In court, Pharrell conceded that he recognised a likeness between his and Gaye's songs though that ultimately it was an entirely original composition.

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Pharrell Williams & Four Other Celebrities Who Turned To Writing Children's Books


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Pharrell Williams has recently signed with publishers Putnam Books to pen four picture books based on his single 'Happy'. The announcement was made by the publishing house on Tuesday (17th February) and the first book in the series will be published in September 2015. Yet Williams is not the only celebrity to have branched out into the world of fiction, here are four other famous faces who penned children's books...

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Pharrell Williams will pen four children's books based on 'Happy'.

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Pharrell Williams Set To Pen Children's Book Based On 'Happy'


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Just when you thought Pharrell Williams' hit track 'Happy' was finally out of your head, the 41-year-old music mogul is bringing back the catchy tune as the inspiration behind a picture children's book he will write.

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Williams will write a children's picture book about being 'Happy'

Williams has signed a deal with Putnam Books, an imprint of Penguin, to pen four picture children's books for Young Readers, with the first being based on his award-winning track 'Happy,' Billboard reports.

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Pharrell Williams To Pen Children's Book Based On Hit Single 'Happy'


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It seems ‘Happy’ singer Pharrell Williams has found something new to smile about. Billboard reports that the 41 year old has just inked a lucretive deal with publishers Putnam to pen four new books aimed at younger readers, starting with one inspired by his hit song ‘Happy’.

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Happy, the book, will be published on September 22nd and it seems Putnam are already banking on it being just as successful as its namesake single, as a first edition print run of 250,000 copies has already been ordered. Inside, Happy, will feature photographs of children from around the world "celebrating what it means to be happy.”

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Critics Of "The Voice's" Star-Making Power Are Missing The Point, Says Pharrell


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The Voice has taken more than a couple hits of criticism recently: it’s dull, it’s repetitive, it just can’t keep up in the ratings race. One of the biggest is that so far, NBC’s answer to American Idol has failed to produce launch a lasting career in music for any of its winners. But here’s what  Pharrell Williams, now in his second season as a panellist on the popular (sort of) format had to say to the critics – aka a group of journalists at the show’s Season 8 press conference.

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After just one season on the show, Pharrell is done with the criticism.

“I don’t understand why we have these interviews, and people ask the same question every time,” Williams said via The Wrap. And that wasn’t where the rant ended.

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Pharrell Williams Explains Why He Prefers Women's Company: "I Want To Be With Sensitive People"


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Just because Pharrell Williams is always around women doesn't mean he is a womanizer, in fact the main reason the 41-year-old singer-songwriter prefers the company of a female is due to a certain characteristic that men can sometimes lack.

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Williams can relate to women "more honestly" than men

While being interviewed by GQ, Williams, who is married to Helen Lasichanh, even admitted he relates to women "more honestly" than his own gender because they tend to be a lot more "sensitive."

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Madonna Hit By Second Leak Of New Album Tracks


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It’s not been a very happy Christmas for Madonna, with the news that yet more tracks from her upcoming album Rebel Heart have been leaked online.

The 56 year old star had been hit with a security breach just over a week ago when a dozen songs from her thirteenth studio album, about which she hadn’t even given any details at the time, were leaked. After some outbursts and emotional pleas on Instagram, by the end of the week she had decided to release six tracks as a counter-measure.

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Madonna has had tracks from her new album 'Rebel Heart' leaked for the second time in a fortnight.

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Ariana Grande, Jessie J And Iggy Azalea Hang Out Backstage At Y100's Jingle Ball 2014 [Photos]


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As usual, the Y100 Jingle Ball was a pop explosion with some of 2014's biggest chart sensations giving it their all on this year's stage in Miami, Florida. Among which we saw Ariana Grande, Pharrell and Iggy Azalea - but what did they get up to backstage?

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'Miami's #1 Hit Music Station' Y100 hosted the perfect pre-Christmas concert on December 21st 2014 at the BB&T Center with this year seeing ultra sultry performances from the likes of Ariana Grande and Jessie J - who looked like serious besties as they hung out backstage, ever since they collaborated with Nicki Minaj on J's number one 'Bang Bang' earlier this year.

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Taylor Swift And Sam Smith Lead The Pack In Ultra-Super-Twitterized Grammy Nominations


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It’s time to talk about the Grammys – which, of course, would be impossible without talking about Taylor Swift and Sam Smith. The young powerhouses of pop came out on top with two and four nods, respectively. But they had to wait a while to celebrate this year. Instead of the typical primetime concert, the Grammys turned Nomination Day into an actual day-long event this year.

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Early on, Sam Smith led the pack with four nods.

Starring Iggy Azalea, Beyonce and Smith himself as presenters and Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran as presenters, there was quite a lot of back patting going on. "Very happy for Miley," said Williams, when asked what he thought about the nominations. "Super happy for Beyoncé. A lot of great names. ... Ed. That's big."

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Stars Including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Gwen Stefani And Ariana Grande Teams Up For The ‘We Can Survive’ Breast Cancer Concert [Pictures]


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“We are here to celebrate women tonight and their survival,” said Pharrell Williams as he took to the stage during the ‘We Can Survive’ concert to benefit breast cancer charities. The ‘Happy’ singer was joined by a host of other stars including Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani and Ariana Grande to raise money for the Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Young Survival Coalition.

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As well as performing renditions of hits such as ‘Get Lucky’, ‘Different’ and new song ‘Come Get It Bae’, Williams also joined friend and fellow 'The Voice' judge Gwen Stefani on her classic track ‘Hollaback Girl’.

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'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' Marks The 20th Anniversary Of One Of The Greatest Ever Rap Albums [Trailer]


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The 1990s marked a turning point for rap and hip hop, with plenty of artists making their mark on the scene with seminal releases. Nas was one of them, and now his landmark debut 'Illmatic' is being explored in a telling documentary, 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic'.

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'Time Is Illmatic' explores the legacy of Nas' debut

Like many young black men exposed to rap culture, Nas (born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) was forced to live a life of fear and poverty as a youth, with guns and killings being a thing of daily terror. After his early collaborator Ill Will was shot dead and his brother injured in the process, it was time to write an album revealing the truth about ghetto culture - and the fear and rivalry that comes with it. 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' explores his moving relationship with his parents against the grim backdrop of Queensbridge, as he rose up to become one of the greatest rapstars of all time.

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Pharrell Williams And T.I. Talk Song Writing


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Almost every musical writer has their own way of working on a project, and now Pharrell Williams and T.I. have revealed their differing writing processes. T.I.’s latest album ‘Paperwork’, was produced by Pharrell, who also worked on the album’s title track, after meeting over the course of T.I.’s album ‘I’m Serious’. T.I. explained this, saying: “I think the first time we met was the ‘I’m Serious’ session, if I ain’t mistaken, or maybe we may have met in passing at some parties here and there before then, but, you know, our first time really have the, I guess, elaborated extended conversation was the ‘I’m Serious’”.

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T.I.'s new album, 'Paperwork', was produced by Pharell Williams

While Williams take a more traditional approach to musical writing, i.e. using pen and paper, he was shocked to discover that T.I. had a remarkably different process. "That's when I first saw you, like, how you wrote. 'What's this guy doing? He's just standing there.'" Williams explained. The process in question, is how T.I. choses to do all his musical writing in his head. "Jay [Z] was the only other person that I knew that, that, did that. Cos I always thought that was an anomaly." This came even more of a shock to Williams as the process took place when T.I. was around 19 and he himself was around 30.

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American singer songwriter Pharrell Williams performing live in concert in Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tuesday 23rd September 2014

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Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Becomes The U.K.'s Most Downloaded Track Of All-Time


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Pharrell Williams' hit track 'Happy' is still a fan favourite, especially overseas, as it recently became the most downloaded track ever in the U.K., overtaking Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines,' which Williams also featured on and produced.

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Williams' 'Happy' is the U.K.'s the most downloaded track ever 

Since being released in June on the 'Despicable Me 2' soundtrack, as well as the 41 year-old's own studio album 'G I R L', 'Happy' has sold a whopping 1.62 million copies, the Official Charts Company reports.

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MTV Video Music Awards 2014 - Check Out The Red Carpet Pics! [Pictures]


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The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were held at The Forum in California last night (Sunday 24th August). The great and the good from music industry turned out en masse to receive awards and celebrate their achievements over the past year.

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Nicki Minaj's dress caused some problems during her performance.

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Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album


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The album was released only one week ago and sold 103,000 copies to secure the top spot. 'Mandatory Fun' is Weird Al Yankovic's fourteenth studio album, so he will surely be happy his efforts have finally paid off. It is also the first comedy album to reach the top spot since Allan Sherman's 1963 release 'My Son, The Nut'. Previously the closest Al had come was a Number 2 with 1996 single 'Amish Paradise'.

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Pharrell, Kylie, Maroon 5 And A Bunch Of Newcommers Announced For ITunes Festival 2014


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Apple’s iTunes Festival 2014 isn’t until September, but there are already some awesome performers lined up. Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue and Maroon 5 are all a part of  this year’s lineup, which was announced Monday, July 21.

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Pharrell will cap off a successful year with a headlining gig at iTunes Festival.

Other big names to grace the Roundhouse stage in Camden include old-school favorites, as well as a bunch of newcomers - David Guetta, Sam Smith, Blondie, Beck and Kasabian are all on the list of performers. The full lineup this year includes over 60 acts, set to perform at Roundhouse over a full month. As usual, the tech-centric event will be filmed and streamed live by Apple, with fans able to watch on their computers, iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices, or on their televisions via the company's Apple TV set-top box. Looking after its international customers, the company has promised to make the livestream available in over 100 countries. This year, the festivities will be broadcast through the iTunes store on iOS devices, rather than through a dedicated app.

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Dancing In Denver! Budweiser Made In America Explore Colorado's Exciting Music Scene


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We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.

When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?

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Iggy Azalea Set To Perform At Jay-Z's Made In America Festival, Joining The Likes Of Kanye West And John Mayer


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Iggy Azalea will be joining the likes of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Kings Of Leon and John Mayer at the Made in America Festival at the end of August. The festival, produced by Jay-Z, will celebrate its third anniversary in Philadelphia and the first time it has also been held in Los Angeles over the last weekend in August. 

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Iggy Azalea will appear at the Made in America Festival at the end of August.

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Weird Al Drops Pharrell And Robin Thicke Parodies Ahead Of "Mandatory Fun" Release


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Parodies of Pharrell’s Happy  may be well past their sell-by date, but good things take time, as Weird Al Yankovic will probably tell you. That’s the one he released this week. Tacky, a take on Pharrell’s smash hit from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack has the same innocuous lyrics and bright colours that have been luring the easily amused to Weird Al’s parodies for decades.

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The curls aren't going away, in case you were wondering.

And that’s not all! Apparently the 52-year-old comedian has six more spoofs in the pipeline. According to the Reddit AMA Yankovic did on Tuesday, he will be releasing eight videos in eight days, ahead of his new album, Mandatory Fun. The second one, which was released today, is of that other big Pharrell hit, which nobody really wants to acknowledge these days – Blurred Lines. Except in Al’s case, it’s Word Crimes,, in which he lament the serious issue of bad grammar, spelling and punctuation online. Well, at least it’s a better message than the original, though admittedly Robin Thicke didn’t set the bar too high.

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Get On Up - Featurette


The stars of the upcoming James Brown biopic 'Get On Up', Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis and Octavia Spencer, talk about the legendary musician alongside artists Ice Cube, Pharrell, Mick Jagger, Cee-Lo Green and Aloe Blacc in a short featurette ahead of the film's release on September 26th 2014.

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Made In Minnesota: Budweiser Made In America Documents The Best City Music Of The States


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Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser

Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!

Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.

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Stevie Nicks To Join 'The Voice' As Advisor To Adam Levine's Team


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Stevie Nicks is all set to join The Voice, taking on an advisory role to Adam Levine's team. The 66 year-old Fleetwood Mac singer is the first advisor to be announced for the new series with the network planning to announce the other advisors soon.

Filming Is currently underway for the show's upcoming seventh season. Nicks has been working with coach Levine and his 12 team members as they assign songs and rehearse with the contestants in preparation for the show's battle rounds, according to the AP.

Levine and Blake Shelton will be joined by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams as coaches when the NBC show returns.

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Ed Sheeran Storms Charts With ‘x’, But Is It Any Good?


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Ed Sheeran is not a singer who has to worry about what critics say. You wouldn't either, if your latest album had stormed the charts worldwide, selling zillions of copies and breaking umpteen records. Having taken the pop world by storm with only aIt seems amazing that x (pronounded "multiply" is only the 23 year-old second album, following on from his 2011 debut, +.

"This is, in every respect, a richer blend, more seamlessly combining the factors that made him so immediately accessible first time round," says The Telegraph's Neil McCormick, adding "these are genuinely great songs, where melodies flow, rhythms groove, choruses erupt and lyrics jab you with surprises."

Praising "Sheeran's willingness to tackle issues not normally dealt with in the realm of fizzy teen pop," The Guardian's Kitty Power. "Penning relationship crack for teenage girls is a much-derided art, despite being perfected by the Beatles, but Sheeran's is particularly calculated," the critic adds.

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Pharrell Williams Surprises Glamorous Guests At Serpentine Galleries' Summer Party


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While most of the country was bedding down in readiness for another day of work on Tuesday night, the country's rich and famous were enjoying a glittering summer party to remember, courtesy of London's Serpentine Galleries. From supermodels to royalty, and pop stars to screen stars, London's Kensington Gardens was crammed to the treetops with A-listers.

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Pharrell Williams Brought A Surprise Set To The Serpentine Galleries' Summer Party.

US rapper Pharrell Williams was the surprise performer of the evening and treated guests at the annual fund-raiser to a neat half-hour set of his chart-topping, soulful pop. "We're in the best artistic environment we could be in," Williams said as the sun set and the moon rose over the leafy gardens.

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Lionel Richie Inspires From The BET Stage, Despite Unfortunate Typo


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Lionel Richie’s Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony during the BET Awards on Sunday was moving, inspiring and… wrong. Well, part of it was, anyway. Richie received musical tributes by Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Yolanda Adams, each of whom performed a song by the soul legend.

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Despite the typo, the ceremony and musical tributes marched on.

Even though his name was repeated multiple times during the show and we’re guessing BET staff know how to use spell check, someone still misspelled Richie’s name as Ritchie on screen. Before the mistake was noticed or acknowledged, Twitter took the typo and ran with it. The misspelled name quickly started trending on the website and many people seemed unaware of the mistake.

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Fail! Lionel Richie's Name Spelled Wrong At The BET Awards


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Whoever was in charge of the captioning at last night's BET Awards should hang their head in shame after they misspelled the name of the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award, Lionel Richie. During the televised coverage of the Black Entertainment Television Awards on Sunday night (29th June), which was watched by millions around the world, the broadcasting team managed to spell Richie's surname as "Ritchie."

Sure, plenty of worse things could have happened, but it's still a pretty embarrassing move considering Richie was practically the guest of honor at the bash. To make matters worse, the mistake flashed on the screen in large lettering as the 65 year-old soul star headed to collect his prize.

Soon the hashtag "#lionelritchie" began trending on Twitter as viewers picked up on the blunder and quickly spread the news leading to embarrassment for the show's production team.

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Lionel Richie Crowns The BET Awards 2014 Performers List


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It’s almost time for the BET awards and tonight’s show promises some memorable moments. Lionel Richie has been tapped to perform during the annual award show, as well as being this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree. He joins this year’s lineup, which also includes stars like Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Drake.

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Richie is being honored for over four decades of transformational music.

Currently in the fifth decade of his career, Richie’s list of achievements is quite impressive. He has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and won five Grammy awards. His music has changed the face of soul and R&B, but Richie frequently crosses genre lines to experiment with pop, soft rock and even country.

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The Academy Opens Its Arms Once More: 271 Stars Invited, Inc. Nyongo'o, Pharrell, Fassbender


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Like a basking shark, hoovering up the most talented plankton the world of cinema has to offer, The Academy has extended a warm invitation to a slew of new potential members.

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The headline acts comprise a host of last year’s most prominent nominees and winners: Lupita Nyong’o, who stunned with her performance as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s moving drama ‘12 Years a Slave’, Barkhad Abdi, whose turn as an uncompromising Somali pirate provided a perfect foil for Tom Hanks in ‘Captain Phillips’ and Pharrell Williams, who imbued Despicable Me with an irresistibly catchy soundtrack, have all been invited in and could vote for next year's nominees and winners.

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Ed Sheeran Received Sage Advice From Fairy Godfather-like Pharrell


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With his sophomore album, X, Ed Sheeran is taking a whole new musical direction and he couldn’t have found a better advisor than Pharrell Williams. In his new MTV documentary, Sheeran talks about the process of working on his first single off X, the dance anthem Sing.

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heeran attributes the success of Sing  in part to Pharrell Williams' sage advice.

Apparently the track wouldn’t have seen the light of day (not as a single anyway) until much later, had it not been for Pharrell’s advice.

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Ed Sheeran Is Talented, Hardworking, Friendly And All Things Good And Lovely, According To New MTV Docu-Series


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While Taylor Swift relaxes from her busy schedule by making Drake-themed crafts for Ed Sheeran, her BFF just launched a new MTV docuseries. Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran premiered last night on the music network and. It’s meant to give fans an inside look into the life of the redheaded songwriter – though how a documentary could reveal any more about Sheeran than his Instagram feed does, we’re not sure.

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On his new album, Sheeran experiments with hip hop, a move he's very nervous about.

The singer-songwriter is stepping in front of MTV’s cameras to show and tell the story of his quick ascent to stardom, as well as promote his upcoming sophomore studio effort, x, out June 23.

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Pharrell Williams Apologizes For Sporting Native American Headdress On Elle UK Cover


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 Pharrell Williams accidently angered a lot of his fans.

The 41 year-old music mogul caused outrage when appearing on the front cover of Elle UK's July Issue for wearing a native Indian headdress.

Members of the general public, who had a problem with the cover shot, quickly took to Twitter to express how upset they were by using the hashtag "#nothappy," while making negative comments about the 'Blurred Lines' singer's head attire.

Continue reading: Pharrell Williams Apologizes For Sporting Native American Headdress On Elle UK Cover

The Internet Is NOT #Happy About Pharrell's ELLE Cover


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Pharrell Williams is wearing Native American headgear and talking about creativity in the new issue of Elle magazine. We almost didn’t recognize him without the green Vivienne Westwood hat, but it is indeed Pharrell - and the Internet is less than #Happy. The GIRL hitmaker answered questions about his work, his inspiration and even his wife – model Helen Lasichanh.

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Pharrell's latest choice of headgear hasn't gone over well.

"We just motivated each other as friends. She pushes me. I push her," he said about their relationship.

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A Week In News: Havoc As 'Godzilla' And Kardashians Unleashed On Unsuspecting Cities


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Cannes Continues: We're nearly at the end of the second week of the Cannes Film Festival and have been mentally noting which new movies have soared or been scorched at the hands of critics. Map to the Stars, Two Days, One Night, Mommy and Foxcatcher have all received glowing reviews whilst Lost River, Grace of Monaco, and The Search... well, less so. Click on links for reviews highlights and details for each movie.

Carter-Knowles Camp Content?: The Jay Z/Solange brouhaha confusion still hasn't been publically illuminated but the Carter-Knowles family seems to be intent on proving to the world that everything is just fine, fine, fine, thank you very much after footage leaked showing the singer attacking her rapper brother-in-law in a lift. Beyoncé's statement did little to explain her sister's violence but her newly-posted family photos do a good job of sweeping it all under the rug, for better or worse.

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Pharrell: 'Happy' Was Originally For Which 'Crazy' Singer?


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Pharrell Williams has revealed that his hit single 'Happy' was, at least at one point, not destined for his own vocal talents. The 41 year-old singer revealed to Howard Stern that the song he co-wrote was offered to Gnarls Barkley star Cee Lo Green, who apparently did a pretty good job.

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Pharrell Williams Has Revealed That 'Happy' Was Almost Someone Else's Hit.

The Despicable Me 2 official soundtrack song has clung to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 weeks after its release Stern had asked if Pharrell would have ever "given this [song] to a Robin Thicke or someone?" "I actually did, [to] Cee Lo," Williams said. "He sounded amazing on it. I mean, he burns my version!" the singer praised.

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Gwen Stefani To Join Pharrell Williams As Latest Addition To 'The Voice' Judging Panel?


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Gwen Stefani may be joining The Voice as a judge for the upcoming seventh season. Reports suggest Stefani is close to signing a deal with the show's network, NBC, to appear as a judge on The Voice for one season.

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Gwen Stefani is rumoured to be joining The Voice as a judge in the upcoming seventh season.

Stefani, according to reports in The Wrap, appears to be filling in for Christina Aguilera who is currently expecting her second child. Aguilera has served as a judge for the show since 2011 but is taking time off during her pregnancy. She is expected to return for the eighth season of the show so Stefani may be a temporary replacement. 

Continue reading: Gwen Stefani To Join Pharrell Williams As Latest Addition To 'The Voice' Judging Panel?

Pharrell Williams In Tears Over 'Happy' Fan Video Montage [Video]


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Pharrell Williams broke down in tears of joy after being shown a montage of his international fans dancing to his number one hit single, 'Happy.' The pop singer was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on a new episode of Oprah Prime during which he discussed the phenomenal success of his Despicable Me 2 soundtrack song.

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Pharrell Williams Became Very Emotional During A Recent Oprah Winfrey Interview.

"A single airplay, nothing," the singer said of the track, which was released last November. "And the next thing you know, we put out the video on November 21st and all of a sudden. Boom," Williams continued, gesturing an explosion with his hands.

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Pharrell Williams Explains The Reasons Behind His Son's Name, Rocket.


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Pharrell Williams, the hip-hop artist best known for the Oscar-nominated single 'Happy', revealed the meaning behind the name of his son Rocket Ayer, born in 2008. The name serves as a homage to Williams' favourite musicians, Roy Ayers, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock.

Related: Pharrell Won Some Awesome Contestants For His Team On The Voice. Also Our Hearts.

Williams stated that he and his wife, designer/model Helen Lasichanh, wanted to give their son an inspirational name while also honouring their musical idols. This was achieved through the name 'Rocket', as it serves as both a symbol of souring high, and is found in the name of a song by several artists that Williams enjoys.

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It's Almost Here! 25 Must See Acts For Coachella 2014


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Coachella Festival is nearly here, bringing with it one hell of a weekend chock full of great food, exciting entertainment and, most importantly, amazing music.

Arguably California's most eagerly anticipated event of the year, Coachella settles at the Empire Polo Club in Indio once again for the fifteenth year running between April 11th and 13th on the first weekend and April 18th and 20th on the second. It's not unheard of that a music festival was so good they had to hold it twice, but as of 2012 it has become a no-brainer for Coachella. In a nutshell, it is basically a big playground for grown-ups - though of course it is a family friendly event - featuring activities such as the 3 Legged Race, the Beauty Bar, the art studios, dodgeball and the almighty Pie Eating Contest, all while you're munching on a variety of cuisine from around the state and rocking out to some of the best bands you will ever hear.

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Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams - The Brit Awards (Brit's) 2014 held at the O2 - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 19th February 2014

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Pharrell Williams - GQ Men Of The Year Party at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th November 2013

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Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams - Clive Davis & The Recording Academy's 2013 Pre-Grammy Gala Los Angeles California United States Saturday 9th February 2013

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Pharrell Williams - Soledad O'Brien and Pharrell Williams Friday 27th July 2012 The 2nd Annual New Orleans In The Hamptons Benefit Gala

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Pharrell Williams Thursday 15th September 2011 Us Weekly's 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers of 2011 - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Pharrell Williams and Serpentine Gallery Thursday 9th July 2009 The Serpentine Gallery summer party held at the Serpentine gallery London, England

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Pharrell Williams Wednesday 3rd December 2008 outside The Forge Restaurant with a friend Miami Beach, Florida

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Pharrell Williams - N.E.R.D with Pharrell Williams performing live Berlin, Germany - N.E.R.D concert presented by MySpace at Roter Salon at Volksbuehne Friday 27th June 2008

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Pharrell Williams and Harvey Nichols Wednesday 18th June 2008 leaves Harvey Nichols wearing a diamond studded Ferrari keyring London, England

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