Not many people had a bigger year in entertainment than Pharrell Williams in 2013. The 40-year-old producer/rapper/singer/songwriter/fashion designer was everywhere this year, from award shows, covering magazines, hits all over the charts, scoring music for movies, and many business ventures outside of music. Pharrell composed the soundtrack to the movie Despicable Me and he has worked with almost nearly everyone in the industry from Miley Cyrus, Frank Ocean, Daft Punk, T.I., Solange Knowles, Mac Miller, Robin Thicke, Kanye West. Pharrell appeared alongside T.I. on Robin Thicke's hit single "Blurred Lines". The song has been a worldwide hit, has peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Pharrell's third Billboard Hot 100 number one single. Plus Pharrell released the first 24-hour music video to his Despicable Me 2 collaboration song, "Happy". With all of these accomplishments in 2013, GQ recognized Pharrell as one of their 5 people selected for the “Man of the Year” cover, which is well deserved.
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Will.i.am is trying to hit Pharrell Williams over the head with a lawsuit over a trademark. According to TMZ, Pharrell launched his YouTube channel called I Am Other and Will.i.am is trying to block Pharrell's use of the name. According to a cease and desist letter Will.i.am sent to Pharrell, Will claims he owns the rights to all things with an "I Am" element. But Pharrell actually sued Will to stop Will from stopping him because of the many ways the term can be used. Hmm, I think I agree with Pharrell on this. So you mean to tell me, I can use I AM on anything I want to create? Boy stop!