In February, Pharrell brought a medley of his biggest hits and a crew of surprise guests to the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, where he performed during the player introductions. That performance had Nelly, Diddy, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg, as well as parts of recent hits like Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"… but it only ran for about 15 minutes. His Coachella performance was the elongation of that star-studded dance party, with the strongest tracks from Pharrell's new solo album, "G I R L," thrown in to help round out the brisk hour.
Wearing his now-signature Vivienne Westwood hat and a gray hoodie, Pharrell started with Daft Punk's "Lose Yourself To Dance" and his new Miley Cyrus collaboration "Come Get It Bae" before saying "Let's take it back" and quickly diving into his deep discography. "Frontin'" followed, and before long, Nelly has burst onstage to play the Neptunes-produced "Hot In Herre," Busta Rhymes and Puff Daddy had combined with Pharrell for "Pass The Courvoisier Pt. 2," and Snoop Dogg had strolled into view for the one-two punch of "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Beautiful." Tyler, The Creator also bounced around the stage at one point, and Pharrell even squeezed in a Diplo drive-by for the Major Lazer track "Aerosol Can."
The producer griped about the "stupid fucking wind" and the dust it was kicking up hindering his silky falsetto, but his complaints came from the understandable desire to ensure perfection for his big Coachella moment. Although Pharrell could barely warble when his show closed with "Happy," everyone in attendance was able to sing along anyway. It was a performance that felt like a career highlights reel, and another W for a man whose recent history has included a slew of victories.
Pharrell's Full Coachella Setlist:
'Lose Yourself to Dance'
'Come Get It Bae'
'Hot in Herre' (with Nelly)
'I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)'
'Pass the Courvoisier, Part II' (with Busta Rhymes)
'Lapdance' (with Tyler, the Creator)
'She Wants to Move' (N*E*R*D song)
'Drop It Like It's Hot' (with Snoop Dogg)
'Beautiful' (with Snoop Dogg)
'Aerosol Can' (with Diplo)
'Hollaback Girl' (with Gwen Stefani)