Next year's Academy Awards ceremony will get a dose of the Neptune sound, as super producer Pharrell Williams has been named a music consultant for the event. The musician and one half of The Neptunes production duo will team with Oscar-winning film composer and friend Hans Zimmer to create the soundtrack for Hollywood's big night.
"As always I'm thankful. It's something I watched since I was a kid and I never dreamt as a child that I'd be working on the show," Pharrell said in a statement to BET.com. "It's especially an honor to work with my mentor, Hans Zimmer."
Producers of the prestigious awards ceremony said they were looking to mix Zimmer's flair for the classical with Pharrell's R&B and hip hop sensibilities. Such a marriage, Pharrell said, spoke directly to the goals he's set for his new media venture, i am OTHER.
"It's for moments like this that I created i am OTHER. We must push forward, think outside of the box and raise the bar with everything that we do," he said.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards will air on February 26, 2012, on ABC.
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