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Pharrell Williams: Make your odyssey

Pharrell Williams urges people to become their own personal legend.

The 41-year-old star is admired for his music as well as his unique style, making an impact at last year's Grammys in a huge Vivienne Westwood hat which has since become iconic.

He'll be attending this year's 57th annual ceremony in Los Angeles on February 8, where he's up for six awards including album of the year, but has no plans to make a bigger statement.

"I don’t live my life to top anything, I don't think anyone should. I think you should just live to enjoy yourself and dive deeper," he explained to Entertainment Tonight.

"You dive deeper into what is your own personal legend and odyssey and where that takes you. If you're open, then every moment is like completely a gift and the question is, what are you going to be with this moment right now?"

Pharrell is currently promoting his latest single Shine, which he collaborated with long-time friend Gwen Stefani on. The track features in the kids' movie Paddington and the blonde singer recalled how she and Pharrell were approached.

"The Weinstein Company called looking for a song and they liked Shine," she said, explaining she had to record it again to make it different from the original version. "We went back in and re-did the whole thing."

Pharrell is no stranger to recording music for children's flicks after releasing popular track Happy for Despicable Me 2. The song hit number one in many countries around the globe following its release, New Zealand and Canada being among them, and the musician is glad it appealed to a mass audience.

"You don’t make animation for kids, you make animation for human beings," he added, revealing he's a big cartoon fan himself. "There are grown-ups like myself who still watch Boomerang late at night... Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones and The Smurfs."

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