HAPPY: F1 concertgoers “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams

The singer-songwriter got audience members to join him on stage at his Singapore Grand Prix performance

Photos: Singapore Grand Prix / Action Images via Reuters
Photos: Singapore Grand Prix / Action Images via Reuters
19 Sep 2015

Photos: Singapore Grand Prix / Action Images via Reuters

Out of the thousands that attended Pharrell Williams’ showcase after last night’s first round of the 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, none had a more memorable experience than the handful that got to join the award-winning singer on stage for a few moments.

The first group, an all-male bunch, were the first to make their way up to the Padang platform during ‘Spaz’, a single by Pharrell’s band N.E.R.D. However, there was barely any interaction between them and the headliner himself, who just continued doing his thing as they swayed around behind him (not that we think they should complain anyway – who else can claim that they have danced mere feet away from a music superstar?).

This was not the case when the guests consisted of ladies. Dedicating ‘She Wants to Move’ (another one of N.E.R.D.’s works) to them, Pharrell was much more up close and personal with them, even picking out a few to sing directly to or dance with. We have to say, we’re impressed with how they managed to avoid fainting right there and then.

But the most adorable appearance was courtesy of whom Pharrell referred to as “the future of Singapore” – little children, who showed up for one of the most anticipated tracks of the night, the viral and cheery ‘Happy’.

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HAPPY: F1 concertgoers “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams
HAPPY: F1 concertgoers “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams
19 Sep 2015

HAPPY: F1 concertgoers “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams

While ‘Happy’ was certainly a highlight of the show, many other recognisable songs were just as well-received. Extra loud cheers and claps were heard for ‘Get Lucky’, which Pharrell features on for Daft Punk; ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, his duet with Snoop Dogg; Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, which he lends his voice to; and ‘Frontin’’, his debut release as a solo artiste.

Hip hop smash hits that weren’t sung, but written, by him were just as popular with the crowd. We personally felt a rush of excitement – plus a twang of early-to-mid-2000s nostalgia – when we heard Nelly’s ‘Hot in Herre’, Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ and Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’ either being played or performed live last night.

Of course, that’s not to say the rest of the evening’s offerings, from newer numbers like ‘Marilyn Monroe’, ‘Come Get It Bae’ and ‘It Girl’ to other more obscure offerings, drew any less love. In fact, Pharrell (who, by the way, is 42 years old) managed to keep spectators thoroughly entertained throughout – we can vouch that it was almost impossible not to find yourself swaying or bopping your head along to the infectious and often deep-bass beats.

With genuinely feel-good tunes like that, who needs excessive stage effects and multiple costume changes?

Click through for more photos from Pharrell Williams’ Singapore Grand Prix concert:

This was the first time Pharrell performed in Singapore as a solo artiste.
This was the first time Pharrell performed in Singapore as a solo artiste.
19 Sep 2015

This was the first time Pharrell performed in Singapore as a solo artiste.

Pharrell walks to the edge of the stage to get a little closer to his fans.
Pharrell walks to the edge of the stage to get a little closer to his fans.
19 Sep 2015

Pharrell walks to the edge of the stage to get a little closer to his fans.

Two backup dancers get a little touchy with Pharrell.
Two backup dancers get a little touchy with Pharrell.
19 Sep 2015

Two backup dancers get a little touchy with Pharrell.

The Padang reportedly holds about 50,000 people...
The Padang reportedly holds about 50,000 people...
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The Padang reportedly holds about 50,000 people...

... and it was packed last night.

Fans were kept thoroughly entertained for about an hour and a half.
Fans were kept thoroughly entertained for about an hour and a half.
19 Sep 2015

Fans were kept thoroughly entertained for about an hour and a half.

The massive crowd at Pharrell's concert.
The massive crowd at Pharrell's concert.
19 Sep 2015

The massive crowd at Pharrell's concert.

Pharrell's stage.
Pharrell's stage.
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Pharrell's stage.

Maroon 5 will be performing at 11.15pm tonight (September 19) and Bon Jovi will be performing at 10.30pm tomorrow night (September 20) at Zone 4 Padang Stage. For more information, visit the Singapore GP website, and stay tuned to Toggle for our coverage!

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