Despite being overshadowed by his Vivienne Westwood/Canadian mounty hat, Pharrell Williams was one of the stars of the Grammys this year. Seven nominations. Four wins. Producer of the Year. He co-wrote and performed two of the 2013’s biggest pop hits, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” He even learned how to speak “French robot” so he could accept awards on behalf of Daft Punk.
We’ll be hearing even more about Pharrell as the Oscars approach—he’s up for best song for Despicable Me 2′s “Happy”—but Fast Company has one of the best profiles out on the multi-hyphenate man. Not only is he self-deprecating, he’s a philanthropist–fashion designer–tech entrepreneur. Can we all work for Pharrell?
Recommended reading: “Get Busy: Pharrell’s Productivity Secrets.”