Does Pharrell’s Oscar Nomination Mean Higher Priced Tracks?

Pharrell Williams has gone where few urban music stars has traveled…the Oscars.

The Neptunes frontman landed his first nomination for his single “Happy” for the upcoming 86th Annual Academy Awards – He has been nominated for Best Original Song for his work on the animated film ‘Despicable Me 2’.

Win or lose, this is a great addition to Pharrell’s extensive resume, which includes multiple Grammy nominations with three wins, a plethora of hit records as an artist and as a producer and collaborator for other artists, and a ton of other accolades.

But, what if he does win? We’re making an assumption here, but he could definitely hike the price he charges other artists for his tracks and features. In addition, he would be the third rapper ever to receive an Oscar, following Eminem for "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile and Three Six Mafia for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle & Flow.

Before he can start the celebration though, he will have to beat out U2′s first song in three years, “Ordinary Love,” from ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O’s “The Moon Song,” from HER.

Recently inking a new deal with Columbia records, Pharrell is currently prepping a new solo album. “Happy” is expected to appear on the project.

Gary Gentles

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