Pharrell and his new green Vivienne Westwood hat took their talents over to France this week to perform "Happy" live on French program "Live du Grand Journal." His #1 single has been on fire since it's inception with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The song can be found on Pharrell's latest effort, G I R L that's filled with hit ballads from beginning to end. You can still stream the entire G I R L project here, and head over to iTunes for a copy.
With the 86th Annual Academy Awards kicking off tonight in celebration of the creative minds behind the film industry, we're bringing you the musical performances and highlights from tonights celebrations, with everything from Pharrell's uplifting performance of "Happy" to revealing who claims the trophy for best sound edit, mixing and original score. As the night moves forward, so will HYPETRAK's coverage of the oscars below:
Best Director (Nominations):
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
David O Russell - American Hustle
Alexander Payne - Nebraska
Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Nominations):
Winner: Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Christian Bale - American Hustle
Bruce Dern - Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Nominations):
Winner: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Amy Adams - American Hustle
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Judi Dench - Philomena
Meryl Streep - August Osage County
Best Supporting Actor (Nominations):
Winner: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Bradley Cooper - American Hustle
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill - The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Supporting Actress (Nominations):
Winner: Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Julia Roberts - August Osage County
June Squibb - Nebraska
Best Original Song (Nominations):
Winner: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - Let It Go (Frozen)
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Despicable Me 2)
Karen O and Spike Jonze - The Moon Song (Her)
U2 - Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom)
Best Original Score (Nominations):
Winner: Steven Price - Gravity
John Williams - The Book Thief
Win Butler and Owen Pallett - Her
Alexandre Desplat - Philomena
Thomas Newman - Saving Mr. Banks
Best Sound Editing (Nominations):
Winner: Glenn Freemantle - Gravity
Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns - All is Lost
Oliver Tarney - Captain Phillips
Brent Burge and Chris Ward - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Wylie Stateman - Lone Survivor
Best Sound Mixing (Nominations):
Winner: Skip Lievsay, Niv Adri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro - Gravity
Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro - Captain Phillips
Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland - Inside Llewyn Davis
Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow - Lone Survivor
Bruce Springsteen has been touring through Down Under recently, and while there, the rock icon has been covering classic Australian songs by the likes of AC/DC, the Bee Gees, INXS, and others. In New Zealand, he took on Lorde's uber popular song "Royals." You can watch it above and let us know if he outdid Raekwon or The Weeknd.
Fresh off of his BJ The Chicago Kid-assisted performance of "Studio" on Conan, ScHoolboy Q drops in on The Arsenio Hall Show to perform "Man of the Year" live. As most of you are well aware, this is all in promotion of Q's new album OxyMoron, which Billboard projects to top the charts after big first week sales. Watch the performance above, and if you haven't yet go grab OxyMoron on iTunes or a store near you.
In full Oxyomoron promotion mode, ScHoolboy Q reunited with BJ The Chicago Kid to perform the album cut "Studio" on last night's episode of Conan. Support Groovy Q by getting your own digital copy of the piece on iTunes and be on the lookout for our upcoming HYPETRAK TV episode with the TDE representative.
Replacing Jimmy Fallon with Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday night, Meyers invited none other than Kanye West for the show's second episode. Like any other late show appearance from Mr West, the interview became another TV highlight. The conversation touched upon subjects like the liberating power of the Yeezus tour’s notorious Margiela mask, making music versus fashion designing, breaking down creative walls, his daughter North's influence on his approach to life and the need for profanity to get his message across, comparing himself to nudity on European TV, and much more. Concluding his appearance on the show, Kanye offered career-spanning medley that includes one song each from all his albums except Watch The Throne. Watch both segments below.
With his sixth solo album, Mastermind, well on the way to its March 4 release date, Rick Ross hit the stage at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform "The Devil Is A Lie" alongside The Roots. The featured musical guest on this episode of the talk show, Rick Ross' "The Devil Is A Lie" is one of 19 tracks from the upcoming project, with features from Lil Wayne, The Weeknd, Kanye West and more included in the lineup.
This weekend, Pharrell Williams dropped by German TV show Wetten, daas... for a feature and brief interview opportunity. Noting that there was 8 million people tuned in to the show, Pharrell makes a moment of his appearance on the show by performing "Happy" live on set. Accompanied on stage by a series of back-up singers and a young breaker, actress Hilary Swank and Pharrell's famed hat also make an appearance. Watch above and share your thoughts below.
Miley Cyrus has made one of her dreams come true at last night's Los Angeles stop of her 'Bangerz Tour.' The 21-year-old singer invited Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips to perform with her on a secondary stage located at the back of the Staples Center floor midway through her 22-song set on Saturday evening. Before introducing Coyne and Drozd, she shared:
“I hope I could inspire you guys as much as the Flaming Lips have inspired me and encouraged me to always be myself and to make music because I love it.”
After Coyne joked that he fucked up first take of the band's 2002 number “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1,” and was still drunk from hanging out with 2 Chainz (and Peaking Lights) at the previous night’s show, Miley yelled “You guys don’t have any idea what the fuck is going on right now, do you?,” and performed the song for a second time in a row.
Another (sort of) notable highlight was Cyrus kissing with Katy Perry, who was following the show from the front row. Check out a shot of this kiss here in case you want to see it (of course, you do). And while you're at it, watch Miley covering OutKast's "Hey Ya."
As part of his ongoing 'Wearld Tour,' Earl Sweatshirt stopped by New York City's Webster Hall. While on stage, Earl took the opportunity to present an all-new song featuring Vince Staples, and judging from the sound of it, we can expect some serious material from him in the near future.