Pharrell Williams: 2013’s MVP

Let’s just cut right to the chase here, 2013 was Pharrell Williams’ most prolific, Midas-like year to date. It just seemed like everywhere we turned, there he was just doing something too good to be true. Whether he was lending his vocals or just sitting back working his production magic, he was clearly a highly sought after asset to some of this year’s biggest, best, and most significant hits. Pharrell was a driving force behind what’s been considered, almost unanimously, 2013’s best song (and I had to agree,) Daft Punk’s unstoppable “Get Lucky,” but that was just the tip of the iceberg. You may have heard of a song called “Blurred Lines” … Yeah, that was him. Robin Thicke’s  ingenious megahit was all Pharrell. How about Miley Cyrus’ highly profiled Bangerz LP? He produced 4 tracks. Of course, Beyoncé’s gobsmacking surprise self-titled visual album had a bit of Pharrell love, too; he produced two key cuts including the inexplicably good “Blow.” Mr. Williams also produced Destiny’s Child’s reunion track and a handful of tracks from Kelly Rowland’s Talk A Good Game album (you’re up next, Michelle!) He worked with Jay-Z, he worked with Pusha T, he worked with John Legend, he worked with Azealia Banks, he worked with Aloe Blacc, and so on and so forth. He even cranked out incredible remixes for the likes The Weeknd, and contributed heavily to the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Rightfully, when the Grammy nominations were announced, Pharrell was all over the list, including a well-deserved nod for Producer of the Year. Long story short: he was undeniably 2013’s MVP.


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