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Pharrell Williams upstaged at Grammys by his hat

Only you can prevent forest fires … and fashion faux pas. 


Sarah Weber


Posted on Jan 27, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 8:13 pm CDT

Pharrell Williams is a man of many hats. Sure, he’s a rapper, a producer, a fashion designer, a singer-songwriter, etc. But he also owns a surprising number of actual hats.

The one he wore to the Grammy Awards on Sunday night was wacky enough to start a meme of its own. The Canadian Mountie-styled cap inspired comparisons to Smokey the Bear and the Arby’s restaurant logo.

Here’s just a sampling:

RT “@ATX_ddane: #GRAMMYs who wore it better? #Mounty RT @DeRayDavis @AriesSpears @cthagod @TheRealMikeEpps

— StandUpComedyLegends (@SUCLegends) January 27, 2014

@Pharrell that hat tho !! #GRAMMYs

— The Real DJEPICC (@TheRealDJEPIcC) January 27, 2014

Thanks @Pharrell for a memorable #GRAMMYs night. Only you can prevent wildfires. @smokey_hat

— Smokey Bear (@smokey_bear) January 27, 2014

Pharrell’s hat is the Canadian version of the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter

— Yao (@Marco_Romo) January 27, 2014

Pharrell may have taken home a Grammy for Best Pop Group with Daft Punk, but two novelty accounts and countless headlines later, it seems that his hat had a bigger night.

Screengrab via GrammyAwards2014/YouTube 

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*First Published: Jan 27, 2014, 9:23 am CST