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Pharrell Williams's two decades in the music business have yielded 17 top 10 hits, a No. 1 album, and a slew of Grammy Awards, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Williams's career started with his performing-producing partner, Chad Hugo, aka the Neptunes (ranked No. 1 on Billboard's list of the top 10 producers of the '00s). Eventually, he and Hugo formed N.E.R.D., a group that, with its deft fusion of rock, R&B, funk, and hip-hop, remade pop music in its image. In 2012, in addition to his Neptunes work, Williams began to write and produce on his own. Since then, he has, among other things, produced tracks for blockbuster albums by Miley Cyrus and Jay-Z, cranked out the soundtrack for the hit movie Despicable Me 2 and, at one point in June 2013, had the rare distinction of occupying both the No. 1 and No. 2 slots on Billboard's Hot 100, with Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which he produced and cowrote, and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," which he cowrote. He also produces a clothing line called Billionaire Boys Club, hawks a line of shoes under the Ice Cream Footwear brand, and designed sunglasses and jewelry for Louis Vuitton. He is the founder of the nonprofit From One Hand To Another.