Grammy Awards 2015: Pharrell Williams uses 'Happy' in racial plea

February 9, 2015 3:35 AM

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Pharrell Williams transformed his feel-good hit of 2014 "Happy" into an ominous slice of social commentary during one of the most powerful musical performances of the 57th Grammy Awards ceremony Sunday night, using his moment onstage to allude to racially tinged clashes during the year by outfitting dancers in dark hoodie sweatshirts who raised their hands as if surrendering before the number shifted back to its signature mood of celebration.

Williams was outfitted as a bellhop and gave a stern spoken introduction to haunting minor-key orchestral accompaniment written by film composer Hans Zimmer, who joined Williams on stage adding his electric guitar to the cross-genre number that also featured Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang, a go...

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