14/08/2014 12:41 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Pharrell Williams Covers GQ's April Issue And Talks The Oscars, Race And Women

Dapper gent, Pharrell Williams is fronting GQ magazine's April issue and let's just say the man is still the finest, freshest thing to come out of Virginia.

The 40-year-old singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer AND fashion designer can make a buffalo hat look damn good and his number one 'Happy' track from his latest G I R L album is still what everyone's getting their summer vibe on to.

On missing out on the Oscar Academy Award for Frozen's 'Let It Go' track, Pharrell says: "Well, trust me: when they read the results, my face was...frozen. But then I thought about it, and I just decided just to...let it go."

When it comes to the criticism his album cover for G I R L received, he says: "It's insecurity. You can be anything that you want to be, and what I chose to do is put my friends on the cover. The girl that was closest next to me is black, but they didn't know that, so they jumped the gun.


"It doesn't make sense to me. That kind of divisiveness is not necessary at a time when we're supposed to be unifying. That's what happiness is all about, and if you look at my 'Happy' video, I had everybody in there: fat, skinny, gay, straight, purple, polka-dot, plaid, gingham print, houndstooth, alien.

"I f*ckin' had dogs in there! I had children in there! I had kids in there! I'm the most indiscriminate person that there is! I believe in equality. Black ain't a colour: black is a spirit, and it is ubiquitous. In fact, there's more black out in space than there is stars. We have nothing to be insecure about."

As for being misunderstood (as if anyone doesn't get this guy), Pharrell says: "I'm not a renaissance man. What I am is a maverick, and I don't want to be put in a box at all."

And when it comes to that super-sized buffalo hat? "Anything different, people are going to look at and go, 'Ha ha ha ha, what is that?'

"Then, after a while, they do a little bit of research; they realise it's Vivienne Westwood, an ode to her boyfriend at the time; they had a store together called World's End. The guy who went on to sign the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren."

And FYI when it comes to politics, he's backing Hilary Clinton all the way.

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