Pharrell Will Save the Earth and Play the Grammys

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 01.21.15 in News

Two big gigs for Pharrell Williams have come to light today. One involves Al Gore, and the other is the 57th Grammy Awards.

The G I R L romancer and producer to the stars attended the World Economic Forum in Davos with the former vice president. The two announced they’d hold a second round of Live Earth concerts, with shows planned for all seven continents, including Antarctica, as The Guardian reports. The sequel to the 2007 Live Earth concert series will spread the word about climate change to a global viewership targeted at 2 billion people.

The concerts are set for June 18, and the lineup isn’t public yet. Pharrell said, “Instead of just having people perform, we literally are going to have humanity harmonize all at once.” He’s teaching the world to sing “Happy” in perfect harmony, then? Seriously, though, last year was officially the hottest on record, so the timing for the concerts is right.

Pharrell also joins Miranda Lambert (see Rob Harvilla’s essay 2014 in Country: Miranda Lambert Transcends the Bros), Sam Smith and Usher in the latest batch of performers announced for the Grammys, which take place on February 8. Common and John Legend will perform their song from the Selma soundtrack, “Glory,” which won a Golden Globe and has since received an Oscar nomination, the Recording Academy said today. Previously announced Grammy performers are Madonna, AC/DC, Eric Church, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran.

Watch a trailer for the Live Earth concerts below, and scroll down for (via Pitchfork) a clip of Kanye West, the Police and John Mayer performing “Message in a Bottle” at the 2007 event — back then, Pharrell’s famous hat was just a twinkle in his eye.