Pharrell Williams has been tapped to serve as musical consultant alongside Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer for the 2012 Academy Awards.

According to Deadline, both musicians will take on supervising duties for the first time. The producers chose the two because they were “looking for an opportunity to inject music into the program that touches on Zimmer’s classical flair, and the hip hop, R&B and pop sensibilities that Williams is known for.”

The 84th Academy Awards ceremony is set to take place on February 26, 2012 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.

[December 12]

UPDATE: Pharrell Williams released a statement to expressing gratitude for being selected as one of the musical consultants for the 2012 Academy Awards. “As always I’m thankful. It’s something I watched since I was a kid and I never dreamt as a child that I’d be working on the show,” he said. “It’s especially an honor to work with my mentor, Hans Zimmer.”

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