Pharrell Williams to Perform “Happy” at The Oscars
Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Pharrell Williams has been announced as a performer for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, which will take place Sunday, March 2, 2014.
Also serving as a music consultant for the event, Pharrell will lift our spirits with “Happy,” the Despicable Me 2 track that is nominated for Best Original Song.
The song was released December 16, 2013 along with the first-ever 24-hour music video, which included an online playback that corresponds to the local time of the listener. A ballroom version of the video debuted January 24, 2014.
If Pharrell wins Best Original Song, he will be the third-ever rapper to receive an Oscar, following Eminem for “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile and Three Six Mafia for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from Hustle & Flow.
“Happy” is competing against U2’s “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, “Let It Go” from Frozen, by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and with versions performed by Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato, and “The Moon Song” from Her, by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ lead singer Karen O.
The category originally included “Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel, but its nomination has been rescinded, as Billboard reports.
“The song’s nominated writer, Bruce Broughton, a former governor and current music branch executive committee member, ‘had emailed [some of the other 239] members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.'”
Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the Oscars will air on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7pm EST/4pm PST on ABC.