Pharrell Williams (born April 5, 1973) is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Williams andChad Hugoformed the record production duoThe Neptunesin 1994,producinghip hopandR&Bmusic. He is the lead vocalist of the bandN*E*R*D, which he formed with Hugo and childhood friendShay Haley. He released his first solo single, "Frontin'", in 2003 and followed it with his debut solo album,In My Mind, in 2006.His second album,Girl, was released in March 2014.
Williams has earned thirteenGrammy Awardsincluding two with the Neptunes. Williams ownsI Am Other, a multimedia creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all of Pharrell Williams' endeavors, includingBillionaire Boys Club.