Pharrell Talks Scoring the Academy Awards

Pharrell Talks Scoring the Academy Awards

As the big show approaches, Pharrell discusses the role he’ll play in providing a soundtrack for the Oscars.

PUBLISHED ON : FEBRUARY 21, 2012 / 01:38 PM

The stars will be coming out in L.A. this weekend for the 2012 Academy Awards, but one household name present at the ceremony will be working his magic behind the scenes. As previously reported, Pharrell has been tapped to orchestrate the music of the event along with renowned film composer Hans Zimmer, and the super producer recently sat down with media personality Miss Info to talk about the ins and outs of the gig.

“As a child, watching the Academy Awards every year, that’s the most prestigious thing that you could see. So with the actual ceremony, the sound needs to be that much better," he said. "It’s the assistance to the visual, so it has to be right.”

Though Pharrell acknowledged that most people don't think "music" when they think of the Academy Awards, he pointed out that subtlety, in this case, is actually the point.


"That’s what let’s you know that the music was perfect, because it didn’t get in the way of the emotion,” he said. "[It's like] when you're making music for a film...literally the track, like the track of a roller coaster, needs to contour where the director wants the emotion of the viewer to go."

Catch Pharrell and Zimmer's score Sunday night, February 26 at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on ABC. For more of Pharrell's one-on-one with Miss Info click here. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by BET-Staff


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