Pharell has always been an innovative music maestro, bending soundscapes, artists and entire genres to his uncanny creative might. And after a fruitful year becoming the face of brands like Palladium Boots and New Era as well as becoming the creator of Karmaloop TV, Pharrell has now topped off the year on a high note by nabbing a high-profile gig for the 2012 Academy Awards.
According to Deadline, Pharrell has been tapped to serve as music consultant for the celebrated awards show, alongside famous music composer Hans Zimmer. Oscar producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer apparently chose Pharrell and Zimmer because they “were looking for an opportunity to inject music into the program that touches on Zimmer’s classical flair, and the hip-hop, R&B and pop sensibilities that Williams is known for.”
The 84th Academy Awards ceremony is set to take place on Feb, 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. But Pharrell isn’t the only music star making strides outside of his original career. Below are four other music stars making major unconventional moves. –nicholas robinson