I love Pharrell Williams. He's like gold. A rainbow. A magical being. Anything he is involved with lately becomes the coolest thing of the moment. And he's having many incredible moments. I love his songs and his style (except for that hat) and his smooth voice. I love his adorable dancing. And I love the song Happy. It makes me happy!
But seeing Pharrell perform Happy on Saturday Night Live was a complete let-down.
I understand that it's a TV show and there are restrictions, but what was up with the barely singing over a track? I know, I know. That's how they all do it nowadays but it just made the song feel really weak. Flat. I loved the sentiment of the kids dancing behind him, but it all looked like a jumbled mess and it was hard to know exactly what was going on. Couldn't they have done something different? Something to showcase each dancer a bit more? You know, like in the video. Which is fantastic. And makes me happy. HAPPY! Shouldn't we all be happy here?!?
What a waste of Anna Kendrick, who clearly is an incredible talent, and should have been a part of this. She can act and dance and sing in several different ways -- and she can rap. This girl ... wow. I'm a fan. But no. Just Pharrell and a confusing flurry of dancing kids behind him. Here's how the Happy performance went down. Watch. Then we'll discuss further.
Now here's what should have happened instead. Just Pharrell and his terrific backup singers (who had the most luscious thighs -- gorgeous!) and band on the stage. Pump up the music! Live drums -- let's hear them stronger! The kids should be dancing around the audience with the camera focusing on different dancers at different times. Then a cameo by Kendrick, sweet, beautiful and talented Kendrick. Maybe even Cecily Strong because I adore her. Get an audience member to stand up and do a little happy shake. Heck, get Lorne out there, too, doing a little happy boogie dance. Even if Pharrell sang over the track, we wouldn't have noticed because there was SO MUCH HAPPY dancing filling the room. Clap along!
But no. We got this. It was fine. Just not happy as happy does.
What did you think of Pharrell's SNL performance of Happy?