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Apollo debut: Pharrell Williams to perform at AmEx ‘Unstaged’ concert

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Pharrell Williams is interviewed as he visits Rickie Melvin & Charlie in the Morning on KISS Breakfast at Kiss FM Studio's on May 23, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.
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It has already been quite the year for Pharrell Williams. The “Happy” singer is set to make his Apollo Theater debut on June ,3 as he has been slotted to kick off the latest installment of “American Express Unstaged" live-streaming concert series. According to on Monday, the concert series, in partnership with Vevo and YouTube, will stream live here on June 3.

The 41-year-old Williams will be the latest performer to play the “Unstaged” series following a year that has seen the music producer drop a hit album and dominate the airwaves with his Oscar-nominated hit, “Happy.” The concert series will be directed by Spike Lee and will be the 14th installment of the event.

Lee, who considers Pharrell a good friend, is excited about working with the Grammy Award-winning producer. In an interview with the New York Times, Lee said:

Pharrell and I have been friends for years and we’ve talked about working together, and now it’s coming to fruition and I’m happy about that – we both are. I’ve been going to the Apollo since I was 7 or 8-years-old. I think it was a great choice by Pharrell to have his concert there. It’s one of the great places for music in the world, when you think of all the people who’ve come across the stage.”

Lee also made reference to Pharrell’s signature Vivienne Westwood mountain hat that will definitely be apart of the performance that will be streamed online. Lee will also be the first director to direct an “Unstaged” concert for a second time. His first shot at the project was back in 2010 when he teamed up with John Legend & The Roots.

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