Rapper Nicki Minaj followed Mariah Carey's lead on Thursday afternoon,announcing via Twitter, "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!"
"Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" are hits, but they're just the latest chapter in the uniformly impressive decade that Pharrell Williams has had leading up to them. Here are some of the songs that pointed the way to his inevitable comeback.