Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer will join the the 84th Academy Awards as music consultants for the upcoming ceremony in February, ABC and producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced on Thursday.
“I am honored to work with my mentor and teacher, Hans Zimmer, and I have wanted to collaborate with Brian Grazer on something for years,” Williams said in a statement. “I cannot believe I will be joining them and their teams on the most prestigious show of the year, the Academy Awards.”
Zimmer won an Oscar in 1994 for his work on the score to “The Lion King,” and has landed nominations for composing “Inception,” “Gladiator” and “Sherlock Holmes.” While Williams is most known as one-half of the production force the Neptunes (Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Madonna) and frontman of the rock/hip-hop outfit N.E.R.D., he also experimented with film music as he wrote the original score to 2010’s animated “Despicable Me.”
The 84th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, will air Feb. 26 on ABC.
— Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Pharrell Williams on Tuesday in Westwood. Williams has been tapped to work as a music consultant on next year's Oscars. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images