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Pharrell Williams’ Impressive Career


– PHARRELL,
YOU ARE PROBABLY ONE OF MY– ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE
I’VE EVER MET IN MY LIFE. YOU’RE SUCH A KIND MAN. YOU’RE TALENTED.
– WOW. – BUT REALLY MORE IMPORTANT,
YOU’RE KIND. YOU’RE A GOOD GUY.
– WOW, THANK YOU. – YOU REALLY ARE. AND WHAT ARE THOSE SHOES?
AND WHERE DO I GET ‘EM? [laughter] – UH…
– THEY’RE FANTASTIC. – THANK YOU. I HAD SWAROVSKI DO THEM FOR ME. – WOW.
[audience exclaiming] – YEAH.
– THOSE ARE VERY NICE. [tapping] [laughter] HEY, SWAROVSKI. [laughter] WHAT’S UP?
– [laughs] – HEY, CONGRATULATIONS
YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THIS. YOU JUST LEARNED THIS TODAY, THAT YOU JUST RECEIVED
NINE BILLBOARD NOMINATIONS. – YEAH, I WAS LIKE– [cheers and applause] I WAS LIKE, “WHAT?”
– HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT? – I DIDN’T KNOW. I REALLY DIDN’T KNOW. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, LIKE,
WE’RE– YOU KNOW,
EVERYTHING’S JUST BEEN SUPER– WE’VE BEEN SWAMPED.
– YES. – MY WHOLE ENTIRE
I AM OTHER TEAM, WE’VE ALL BEEN SWAMPED, SO IT’S LIKE TRYING TO KEEP UP
WITH EVERYTHING. AND I HADN’T GONE
THROUGH MY EMAILS FOR THE DAY, AND SO I DIDN’T SEE THAT, BUT I AM EVER SO GRATEFUL
TO WHOEVER NOMINATED ME. SO THANK YOU.
– NINE OF THEM. [cheers and applause] – YEAH. – AND THIS SONG “HAPPY”
HAS TAKEN– I TOLD YOU YOU’D GET NOMINATED
FOR AN OSCAR, AND YOU DID. – YES, YES, YOU DID. – AND YOU WERE SO FANTASTIC
ON THE OSCARS. – THANK YOU.
– THAT PERFORMANCE WAS JUST… – THANK YOU.
– SO MUCH FUN. – THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
THANK YOU. AND IT WAS–
IT WAS– IT’S CRAZY
BECAUSE YOU DID TELL ME THAT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, YOU WERE THE FIRST ONE
TO JUMP AHEAD OF EVERYONE ELSE AND PUT THE SONG ON THE SHOW. YOU HAD ME PERFORM IT LAST YEAR. LAST YEAR, GUYS, SHE HAD ME ON
BEFORE EVERYBODY ELSE. YOU KNOW, WHEN WE COULDN’T– WHEN WE COULDN’T GET THE SONG
ON RADIO– AND I SEE OUR FRIEND
CAROLE BAYER SAGER OVER THERE. – HI.
– HI. SO SHE UNDERSTANDS
THE INDUSTRY. LIKE, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE COULDN’T
GET THE SONG ON RADIO, YOU KNOW,
IT TOOK THE BRAVE PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTOOD WHAT THE SONG
WAS ABOUT, LIKE YOURSELF, AND YOU WERE THE LEADER. YOU WERE–
YOU GOT AHEAD OF IT FIRST, AND I JUST WANT TO SAY
THANK YOU. – HOW DO YOU NOT LOVE THAT SONG? I MEAN,
IT’S JUST THE MOST CONTAGIOUS. IT MAKES YOU HAPPY HEARING IT.
IT’S AMAZING. AND THE ENTIRE–
THE ENTIRE CD IS FANTASTIC. – THANK YOU. – AND YOU TALK ABOUT–
IT’S A TRIBUTE TO WOMEN. – YES, YES.
– RIGHT? YOU LOVE WOMEN.
– I– [cheers and applause] I DO. [laughs] I DO.
– IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS. – YES. IN MANY, MANY, MANY WAYS,
AND YOU’RE RIGHT, IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS. – YEAH. [laughter] – BUT INSTANTLY, I KNEW
THAT I WANTED TO GIVE BACK TO A DEMOGRAPHIC THAT HAD BEEN
GIVING TO ME AND MY FAMILY FOR OVER 20 YEARS,
AND THAT WAS WOMEN. SO I SAID–INSTANTLY, I KNEW
IT WAS GONNA BE CALLED “GIRL.” I WAS GONNA CAPITALIZE
THE LETTERS AND PUT TWO SPACES
IN BETWEEN EACH LETTER BECAUSE I NEEDED THAT WORD
TO READ DIFFERENTLY IN ANY TEXT THAT IT WOULD EVER BE LUCKY
ENOUGH TO BE WRITTEN ABOUT. I WANTED THAT WORD “GIRL”
TO BE BIGGER THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THAT WHOLE ENTIRE PARAGRAPH
BECAUSE THERE’S A LOT OF– FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE
A HUGE AFFINITY FOR THEM, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THERE’S
A LOT OF INEQUALITY WITH WOMEN. YOU KNOW?
AND YOU KNOW HOW THAT GOES. EVERYTHING FROM… [cheers and applause] YOU KNOW… [cheers and applause continue] STILL TO THIS DAY,
YOU KNOW– WHAT IS IT, LIKE,
73¢ TO A MAN’S DOLLAR? LIKE, WHAT IS THAT? YOU KNOW, WHEN–
THE LAST I HEARD, THE ONLY WAY THAT THIS ENTIRE
SPECIES CAN COME INTO EXISTENCE IS THROUGH THE PORTAL
OF A WOMAN’S BODY. [cheers and applause] RIGHT? – I HEARD THAT TOO.
– RIGHT? – YEAH. – YOU KNOW, AND I’VE SAID THIS
A COUPLE OF TIMES, BUT, LIKE, WHAT–I NEED
TO SAY THIS ON YOUR PLATFORM ‘CAUSE IT’S SUPER HUGE. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE’RE A SPECIES
THAT HAS, YOU KNOW– WE’VE HAD A SPACE STATION
FLOATING AROUND THE EARTH FOR OVER 20 YEARS. WE EVEN HAVE A ROVER
ON THE SURFACE OF MARS. HOW CAN WE BE THE SAME SPECIES
THAT IS TELLING– WE HAVE LEGISLATORS
AND LEGISLATION IN PLACE IN CERTAIN PLACES
THAT TELLS WOMEN WHAT THEY CAN AND CANNOT DO
WITH THEIR BODIES. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? [applause]
RIGHT? – I KNOW IT.
I KNOW IT. – YOU KNOW?
AND I MEAN– AND WHEN I SAY “EQUALITY”–
LISTEN. YOU’LL BE SURPRISED,
BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? WHEN I SAY “EQUALITY,” I MEAN EQUALITY FOR EVERYBODY,
EVERYBODY. LIKE, WHO ARE YOU TELLING
WHO THEY CAN MARRY AND WHO THEY CAN’T? WHAT IS THIS?
– YEAH, YEAH. – LIKE, WHAT–THIS IS 2014. – YEAH. [cheers and applause] THAT’S WHY I LOVE HIM. THAT RIGHT THERE
IS WHY I LOVE HIM. [applause continues] ALL RIGHT, HEY, YOU KNOW,
WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED WEARING THAT VIVIENNE WESTWOOD HAT, I WAS LIKE,
“MAN, THAT’S A BIG HAT,” AND NOW I’M SO USED TO IT,
IT DOESN’T LOOK THAT BIG, SO I GOT YOU ANOTHER HAT THAT I THINK
YOU SHOULD START WEARING. [laughter] ALL RIGHT?
– OKAY. – I DON’T KNOW
IF YOU’LL WEAR IT. – AH. [chuckling] [laughter and applause] [cheers and applause] – IT–IT MIGHT BE TOO BIG. – [laughs] – ALL RIGHT. PHARRELL– – THIS MIGHT BE A LOT ONLINE. I COULD JUST TELL YOU RIGHT NOW,
ONLINE, WHERE THIS IS GOING, THIS IS– [laughter] – I DIDN’T THINK YOU SHOULD
HOLD IT THERE, PERSONALLY. I THINK YOU SHOULD MOVE IT OVER.
– OKAY. – AND–
– [laughing] OKAY. BUT THIS IS AWESOME. – OR YOU CAN PUT IT
ON YOUR HEAD, BUT, UH, IT CERTAINLY
COULD’VE BEEN SOMEWHERE ELSE. PHARRELL WILLIAMS… [laughter and applause] I DON’T WANT TO TOUCH IT. [applause continues] OH, BOY. [laughter] JUST… [laughter continues] JUST LAY THAT DOWN.
WE’LL BE BACK. AND PHARRELL’S GONNA DO
ANOTHER SONG FOR US AFTER THIS. – WOW. [cheers and applause]

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