To celebrate Pharrell Williams’ first UK Number One Album G I R L we thought we’d take a few minutes to look back over the N.E.R.D. frontman’s career, and wow, we never even knew half of this!

Pharrell started his career back in the early 90’s when he formed a four-piece group called The Neptunes (sound familiar?) with friends Chad Hugo, Mike Etheridge and Shay Haley. The group were discovered at a high school talent show by Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and producer, Ted Riley. As soon as the boys graduated they signed with Riley’s record label.

pharrell williams and wife Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh at the Oscars earlier this month

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