Pharrell Named GQ's Hitmaker Of The Year 2013

Pharrell says Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" were for "people who need a break."

Pharrell was named GQ Hitmaker of the Year 2013 by the publication today (November 19). 

The rapper-producer's year included several hits, including Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," a selection that also features T.I. 

Pharrell said these songs were important because they allowed people to relax and enjoy themselves.

"Both songs are for people who need a break,” Pharrell says in the GQ profile. “There's a lot of fucked-up travesty in the world. Sometimes you just need a Hallmark card. Sometimes you just need to shake your ass."

Pharrell became the twelfth artist in Billboard Hot 100 history to hold the #1 and #2 spots at the same time this year thanks to "Blurred Lines" and"Get Lucky." 

"Blurred Lines" was also a selection at the center of legal discussions between "Blurred Lines" creators and Marvin Gaye's family

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of "Blurred Lines" makers in a California federal court in August.

“Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists," the lawsuit states. "Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines,' copies 'their' compositions."

Pharrell was also involved in a legal dispute with will.i.am this year over Pharrell's company, i am OTHER.

Outside of music, Pharrell married his long-time girlfriend Helen Lasichanh in Miami in October. 

GQ's profile of Pharrell and an info-graphic of his career can be viewed at GQ

RELATED: Pharrell Williams Files Lawsuit Against will.i.am, will.i.am Counter Sues

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3 Comments

  • chris

    robin thicke said it himself in the breakfast club interview before this popped offhe said it was basically got to give it upin those exact words. dudes need to shut up and play dumb or else pay. they explicitly said they were trying to remake it. how can you NOT give them at least 50% of Pharrell's money? He did minimal work on the track. They made it in 30 minutes because they knew they wanted to steal the beat. There's no excuse for pretending you didn't at this point...

  • Catherine Kauffman

    til I saw the draft four $7383, I didn't believe ...that...my neighbour truley making money in their spare time on there computar.. there mums best friend haz done this for under twentey months and resently paid the depts on there house and purchased a great new Subaru Impreza. find more info... www.Fb39.Com Since then his musical tastes have been questionable and his skills have declined. Yeezus further proved this downward trend. By the way, this video is FUCKING AWFUL.

  • easy

    You have no idea how pissed off his record label is about this.

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