Pharrell Williams to coach 'The Voice' Season 7

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Pharrell Williams will join "The Voice" Season 7 as a coach, NBC announced on Monday (March 31). He is the first coach confirmed for the upcoming season.

"It's been a huge year for Pharrell, with recognition for his contribution in the world of music -- the 'Despicable Me' franchise soundtracks, his Oscar-nominated song 'Happy' and his Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the breakout dance hit 'Get Lucky.' His dominance in record sales in 2014, coupled with his incomparable accomplishments in the world of fashion and design, make him an irresistible addition to 'The Voice' family," NBC alternative and late-night programming president Paul Telegdy says in a statement.  

"He has already made a considerable impact as a mentor, drawing on an impressive track record as both a producer and performer. It is a perfect fit for 'The Voice' as we evolve and reach for new heights with this franchise. It feels like we are welcoming an existing family member home."

Executive producer Mark Burnett adds, "I am thrilled to have Pharrell come back to 'The Voice' family, and this time as a coach. Continuing in 'The Voice' tradition of having the biggest and most current music stars as coaches, Pharrell fits perfectly."

Previously an adviser for Team Usher in Season 4 of the show, Pharrell also appeared on "The Voice" as a performer with Robin Thicke for "Blurred Lines" in May 2013.

There is no word yet on whether or not Pharrell will be wearing a hat on the show.
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