Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pharrell Williams Wins Producer of the Year in 2014 The Boombox Fan Choice Awards

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No surprise here. After experiencing an extraordinary 2013 and moving strong into 2014, Pharrell Williams walks away with another award: The BoomBox Fan Choice Award for Producer of the Year.

Pharrell did have some decent competition this year as he was up against producers like the ever-consistent the Alchemist and in-demand Rick Rubin. What may have given him an advantage, however, is how he had Billboard-dominating success outside of hip-hop. This includes ‘Blurred Lines’ with T.I. and Robin Thicke, which topped the Billboard charts for a whopping 12 consecutive weeks and was last summer’s biggest hit.

He also had more than a small role in the return of electronic duo Daft Punk. Their lead single ‘Get Lucky’ was one of 2013's most critically-acclaimed and popular songs. Pharrell walked away with three 2014 Grammys — Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year and Album of the Year (‘Random Access Memories’) — through his collaboration with Daft Punk.

The Virginia native was also able to hold it down in the realm of hip-hop and R&B. His 2013 production credits include two songs on Earl Sweatshirt‘s ‘Doris’ (‘Burgundy,’ ‘Chum’), Busta Rhymes‘ dancehall-inspired ‘Twerk It,’ 2 Chainz‘s ‘Feds Watching,’ a few tracks on Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Talk a Good Game’ (‘Street Life,’ ‘Stand in Front of Me,’ ‘Feet to the Fire’), Pusha T‘s ‘S.N.I.T.C.H.’ and ‘Suicide,’ and Beyonce‘s ‘Blow.’ This is only a fraction of his total contributions for the year.

It looks like Pharrell’s creative renaissance is only going to continue in 2014. He started off the year in a publicized 20-day studio session with Pusha T and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes. Plus, it looks like his non-hip-hop relevance is going to continue with ‘Happy,’ which sits at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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