Madame Tussauds New York today announced that Pharrell Williams, the seven-time Grammy® Award winning artist, will join Merlin Entertainments to unveil the first-ever wax figure of the superstar singer and songwriter. The event will take place at Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square.
Madame Tussauds studio artists referenced countless photographs and videos of Pharrell over the course of four months to ensure his figure was exceptionally accurate. Studio artists have recreated Pharrell’s iconic look from the 2014 Grammy® Awards which features his signature ‘Mountain Hat’ donated by Vivienne Westwood herself and the actual red leather jacket in which he performed in during the show. His jewelry was supplied by Hoorsenbuhs Jewelry and designed by Damien Hirst. In addition, a replica of New York’s Pharrell figure will make its debut in Orlando this summer at the newest Madame Tussauds attraction.
“We are thrilled to welcome Pharrell to Madame Tussauds New York” said Janine DiGioacchino, Divisional Director, Midway North America, Merlin Entertainments Group. “There is no artist in the world who makes people happy like Pharrell does.”
Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. From his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach back in the early ’90s, through enough hits to earn him Billboard’s Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar, Williams has never stopped creating. Starting his producing career as one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such classics as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me),” Britney Spears’s “I’m A Slave 4 U,” and Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You.” With over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like something no one else has thought of just yet.
The music industry has honored Pharrell with 11 Grammy Awards (including 2004’s and 2014’s “Producer of the Year”) and ASCAP’s prestigious Golden Note Award in 2012. He also received a 2014 Academy Award Nomination for his original song “Happy” featured in the animated film Despicable Me 2.
Pharrell’s latest venture i am OTHER — a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club & ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn, bike company Brooklyn Machine Works, the music creation platform UJAM, and a dedicated YouTube channel — Williams’s vision continues to push pop culture forward.