Pharrell Williams performing at the 2014 Academy Awards.
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Pharrell’s “Happy” performance at the 2014 Oscars was backdropped with a giant screen of Despicable Me minions wearing their leader’s Vivienne Westwood hat. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, Pharrell was wearing the hat again—THE HAT THAT MEMED THE WORLD. Inspired yet again by Malcolm McLaren’s “Buffalo Gals” video, but ramped up a bit for the occasion, this time he copped his classic Adidas track jacket in black leather and a crispy, more formal classic black Buffalo crown. Twitter wondered if the sequined kicks on his feet were Red Octobers, but while they did mirror the all-over crimson of Yeezy’s feet, we vote no. We’re fairly certain he’d never wear Adidas with Nike at the same time, and we see some telltale triple stripes. He did match his mic and earpieces to his footwear, though, with rubied veneers glimmering like jewelry.
As Gaby Wilson pointed out, the performance was orchestrated like a Gap ad from the ’90s, with a crew of backup dancers swinging around to the beat—and Skateboard P ventured out into the audience to shimmy with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and most specially, the goddess Lupita Nyong’o, who looked like a wayward homecoming queen hitting a sock hop with her uptown prince. PERFECT. *turns into that emoji with hearts for eyes*
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