Grammys 2015: Pharrell's dramatic reinvention of 'Happy'

February 9, 2015 3:15 PM

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Pharrell Williams’ reinvention of his cheery pop hit “Happy” on Sunday’s Grammy Awards telecast was the result of two major forces at work in 2014: race-related clashes across the U.S. and the omnipresence of Williams’ hit song since its release nearly two years ago.

Williams drafted film composer Hans Zimmer to create an ominous orchestral introduction to the song, which played out as a procession of young people came on stage wearing hoodies, their hands in the air, a not-so-subtle allusion to the violent confrontations between law enforcement and young Africa...

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