Artist Details

N.E.R.D.

biography

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams is one of the most successful entertainers to emerge in the last decade. As part of the beat-making duo, the Neptunes, and the alternative rock trio, N.E.R.D., Pharrell has helped A-List pop stars such as Justin Timberlake, Nelly, and Usher win Grammy awards and sell millions of albums. Pharrell partnered with Chad Hugo at a junior high band camp and they later formed the Neptunes. The duo caught the attention of Teddy Riley and landed work with SWV and Sean "Diddy" Combs who hired them to produce songs for Total and Mase. Noreaga's 1998 hit "Superthug" took them to the heights of fame. Their list of collaborators now includes Ol' Dirty Bastard, No Doubt, Janet, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, TLC, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Kelis, Busta Rhymes, Babyface, Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake. In 2003, they took home the Grammy for Producer of the Year (Non-classical). Pharrell and Chad then teamed up with childhood friend Shay Haley to form N.E.R.D. The unit has released three critically acclaimed, platinum albums: 2001's In Search Of..., 2004's Fly or Die, and 2008's Seeing Sounds, which debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200, selling 80,000 units in its first week.