Pharrell Dons a Traditional Headress for Elle UK and Leaves a lot of Fans UN “Happy”

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Super producer, song writer, author, culture curator and fashion maverick Pharrell Williams has never shied away from pushing the envelope.

However, it appears this time he may have pushed it too far.

On the most recent (special edition) July cover of Elle UK magazine, the “Happy” singer dons a traditional Indian headdress that appears to be quite fitting.

The headdress accentuates his immaculate bone structure and highlights all of his God-given sexiness—wooo! Excuse me as I digress.

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Famous for his headgear, Pharrell has been rocking a variety of hats including his infamous “Smokey the Bear” high top fedora [designed by Vivienne Westwood ] but his most recent choice has landed him in a bit of hot water.

As many know fashion tends to draw inspiration from different cultural styles from around the world and often industry professionals straddle the thin lines between love it or hate it.

Many are concerned because the Indian headdress is an exclusive and ceremonial gift bestowed upon chiefs and warriors of a tribe.

To see Pharrell donned in such a culturally significant article, seems almost like a mockery of the scared Indian tradition.

The cover has many people wondering, where the cultural sensitivity is in this matter.

Not to worry, Pharrell made a statement apologizing for his fashion Fopaux:

“I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry.”

Now this leads to the bigger picture of how the fashion industry (and beyond) uses culture as a costume.

Street Intellectuals, what are your thoughts?

Have cultural traditions loss their significance, as they’ve become the mainstream fashion statements?

Pharrell Covers the April Issue of GQ Magazine and Aren’t We Happy!?!

Pharrell Williams has had one heck of a year.. and it has only just begun. With his break out tune ‘Happy’ soaring off the charts and receiving global recognition, this is only a small glimpse of the Grammy Award Winning producer’s good fortune. It has been a long time coming but the world is finally noticing the little Virginia Beach skater for his undeniable musical and cultural genius. In the April issue of GQ, Pharrell shares with Zach Baron the struggles of his journey to what is now the crescendo of his career. He also gets up close and political, sharing his personal views on the 2016 US Presidential race. If you’re interested in reading more about Pharrell’s style and hit-making creativity, click here. In the meantime check out his looks from the new April’14 GQ spread:

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Pharrell Williams, his Oversized Fedora and Daft Funk take the Grammys by Storm

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Pharrell’s tall felt fedora became much of the social media amusement as commentators on Twitter and Instagram liked it to the hat of Curious George’s owner (the man in the big yellow hat), Smokey the bear and even the Arby’s restaurant sign. Although poorly received by the internet it, Pharrell’s irrefutable statement piece didn’t stop him from winning big last night.

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Image Courtesy of Twitter

Although distracting Pharrell’s fedora must have been his lucky hat because he walked away with a long overdue Grammy award for Producer of the Year. In addition, he aided in the assist of his odd french connection, Daft Punk and Neil Rogers in accepting a Grammy for Best Pop duo/group performance for the song “Get Lucky”.

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French electronic music duo Daft Punk came to the Grammy awards; cruised through without uttering a word and left with some major wins. They received awards for both Record of the year; “Get Lucky”  and Album of the year, “Random Access Memories”.

The critics  may have Re-Tweeted and Re-posted but it is evident that Pharrell and Daft Punk had the last laugh.

56th Annual Grammy Awards Winners

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With this year’s installment of the Grammy Awards it surely provided us with some interesting moments. The evening was capped of with Daft Punk taking home album of the year for “Random Access Memories.” There were performances given by Beyoncé and Jay Z, Lorde, Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, Pink, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, and Stevie Wonder, and many more. Check out the results for all of the awards given out this year below.

2014 GRAMMY RESULTS
Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best pop duo/group performance: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — “Get Lucky”
Best rock song: “Cut Me Some Slack” — Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
Best pop solo performance: Lorde — “Royals”
Best rap/sung collaboration: Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake — “Holy Grail”
Best pop vocal album: Bruno Mars — “Unorthodox Jukebox”
Best country album: Kacey Musgraves — “Same Trailer Different Park”
Song of the year: “Royals” — Lorde
Record of the year: “Get Lucky” — Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Album of the year: “Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk

2014 PRE-GRAMMY WINNERS
Best Rock Album: Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin
Best Metal Performance: “God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams
Best Alternative Music Album: Modern Vampires Of The City, Vampire Weekend
Best Rock Performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
Best Country Song: “Merry Go Round,” Kacey Musgraves
Best Country Solo Performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars
Best Music Film: Live Kisses, Paul McCartney
Best Music Video: “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
Best Blues Album: Get Up!, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
Best R&B Album: Girl On Fire, Alicia Keys
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Unapologetic, Rihanna
Best R&B Song: “Pusher Love Girl,” Justin Timberlake
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.
Best R&B Performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy & Lalah Hathaway
Best Rap Album: The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Song: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Performance: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Comedy Album: Calm Down Gurrl, Kathy Griffin
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Best Dance Recording: “Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes
Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You, Guy Clark
Best Americana Album: Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Best Song Written For Visual Medium: “Skyfall,” Adele & Paul Epworth
Best Musical Theater Album: Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album: Sound City: Real To Reel, Butch Vig
Best Latin Jazz Album: Song For Maura, Paquito D’Rivera & Trio Corrente
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, TerriLyne Carrington
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Liquid Spirit, Gregory Porter
Best New Age Album: Love’s River, Laura Sullivan
Best Latin Pop Album: Vida, Draco Rosa
Best Gospel Album: Greater Than [Live], Tye Tribbett
Best Gospel Song: “If He Did It Before… Same God [Live],” Tye Tribbett
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: “Break Every Chain [Live],” Tasha Cobbs
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)”
Best Spoken World Album: America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t, Stephen Colbert
Best World Music Album(s): Gipsy Kings’ Savor Flamenco & Lady Smith Black Mambazo’s Live: Singing For Peace Around The World
Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley In Concert, Ziggy Marley
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: To Be Loved, Michael Buble
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Steppin’ Out, Herb Alpert