Pharrell has every reason to be “Happy.” The singer-producer has landed his first Oscar nomination at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
The 40-year-old Neptunes hitmaker was nominated for Best Original Song for “Happy,” his contribution to the animated film Despicable Me 2.
The three-time Grammy winner, who is nominated seven times this year, is up against his peers including U2’s “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O’s “The Moon Song” from HER. Other nominees include Bruce Broughton’s “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same name and “Let It Go” from the animated film Frozen.
“Happy” will also appear on Pharrell’s upcoming album, set for release this year on Columbia Records.
While it may be his first nomination, this is not his first encounter with the Oscars. In 2012, Pharrell supervised the music for the 84th Annual Academy Awards with composer Hans Zimmer.
Find out if he takes home the gold when the 86th Annual Academy Awards air live on ABC on March 2.
UPDATE: When asked for comment, Pharrell told the AP he was “speechless,” adding, “Man, I am over the moon.”