Pharrell may have been skipped over for an Oscar, but there were still plenty of reasons for the “Best Song” nominee to be “happy” at the Academy Awards!
The iconic producer performed his infectious hit from the ”Despicable Me 2″ soundtrack ”Happy,” which went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts just days before the ceremony, and moved the crowd to its feet with his upbeat stage presence. During the choir-backed performance, Pharrell danced with the stars, including Jamie Foxx and his daughter — who were both in the 24-hour music video for the song — as well as Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”) and Amy Adams (“American Hustle”).
Pharrell has even more reasons to celebrate. That oversized Vivienne Westwood hat he’s been rocking lately sold for $44,000 at an eBay auction shortly before the Oscars show. Guess who wanted their hat back? Yep, none other than Arby’s, the fast food chain who’s logo looks a lot like the topper Pharrel’s been rocking since the Grammys.
Ellen hilariously passed his new black Oscars hat around for donations for her pizza schtick, but proceeds from the $44K auction of the tan one he wore to the Grammys will benefit From One Hand to Another, Williams’ educational non-profit organization.
“I’m giving up the Buffalo Hat I wore to the GRAMMYs to help underserved kids get the educational tools they need,” Pharrell said in a statement. “Our organization, From One Hand to Another, is committed to bringing kids experiences that ignite their passions, challenge their minds and prepare them for success.”
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2014 Oscars: The Absolute Best & Worst Dressed
1. 2014 Academy Awards: Best & Worst Dressed1 of 21
2. Lupita Nyong'o2 of 21
3. Lupita Nyong'o3 of 21
4. Alfre Woodard4 of 21
5. Lupita Nyong'o & Alfre Woodard5 of 21
6. Kerry Washington6 of 21
7. Kerry Washington7 of 21
8. Pharrell Williams & Helen Lasichanh8 of 21
9. Michael B. Jordan9 of 21
10. Michael B. Jordan10 of 21
11. Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith11 of 21
12. Viola Davis12 of 21
13. John Legend & Chrissy Teigen13 of 21
14. Chiwetel Ejiofor & Sari Mercer14 of 21
15. Robin Roberts15 of 21
16. Steve McQueen16 of 21
17. Faysal Ahmed & Barkhad Abdi17 of 21
18. Michael Strahan18 of 21
19. Rocsi Diaz19 of 21
20. Tyson Beckford20 of 21
21. John Ridley & Gayle Ridley21 of 21
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