Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (; born April 5, 1973) is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. With close friend Chad Hugo, he formed the hip hop and R&B production duo The Neptunes in the early 1990s, with whom he has produced songs for various recording artists. In 1999, he became the lead vocalist of the band N.E.R.D., which he formed with Hugo and Shay Haley. Williams released his debut solo single, "Frontin'", in 2003. His debut solo album, In My Mind, followed in 2006. In 2013, Williams was featured on the song "Blurred Lines" alongside Robin Thicke and T.I., and his song "Happy" was the lead single for the soundtrack of the film Despicable Me 2. In the same year, Williams was featured on Daft Punk's single "Get Lucky", which won Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 56th Grammy Awards. Williams' second album, Girl, was released in 2014.Williams has received numerous accolades and nominations. He has won thirteen Grammy Awards, including three for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical (one of which was as a member of The Neptunes). He is also a two-time Academy Award nominee, receiving a 2014 Best Original Song nomination for "Happy" (which was featured in Despicable Me 2) and a 2017 Best Picture nomination as one of the producers of Hidden Figures.