The Source | Pharrell and Chad Hugo, “The Neptunes”, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Pharrell and Chad Hugo, aka The Neptunes, are one of the greatest production groups of all time, having produced for many hip hop, R&B and pop groups primarily in the 1900s and 2000s. In 2020 they were announced, alongside Mariah Carey and The Isley Brothers, to be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. Last night the actual ceremony took place and the group was officially inducted.

Neptunes’ induction included a special performance by Usher, some of whose tracks they produced on his 2001 album. 8701. After the ceremony, Pharrell spoke to a reporter about his induction, calling it a “great honour.”

“It’s a huge honour. You heard that all night on that mat, you really do. The overwhelming sense of gratitude I feel probably overrides everything in terms of being yourself. I fail at this because I always have late reactions, so in 2-3 days I’ll be like who I was really in the room with the Eurythmics and Ronald Isley. It’ll probably hit me by then, but right now it’s kind of like oh wow.

It was only the start of Pharrell’s weekend. The Superproducer’s “Something In The Water” festival kicks off today, June 17, with performances from Tyler, The Creator, Usher, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Clipse, Justin Timberlake, SZA, Anderson .Paak and more.



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