Pharrell was honored with the Golden Note Award for his extraordinary contributions to music at the 25th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills on Friday. Following congratulatory messages from his collaborators including No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and Pusha T, the humble hitmaker accepted the award with his parents, protégée Leah LaBelle, and fellow Neptunes producer Chad Hugo by his side.
“When Chad and I first started out, we never thought it was gonna turn into any of this,” said the N.E.R.D. frontman, who also acknowledged his fellow honoree Quincy Jones. “Quincy Jones is everything that every producer wants to be when we grow up. … I only aspire to have the music that Chad and I make one day stand somewhere near his music and his work.”