Pharrell Williams has been decorated by France’s culture minister for his contribution to the arts.
“This is another level,” the “Happy” singer said as he was awarded the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by Audrey Azoulay at a ceremony near the Louvre. “For me, France is the center of art,” the Grammy-winner said during the presentation.
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The 43-year-old performer, who was in the French capital for the annual Fashion Week, said he was appreciative for the special recognition and added he wished his wife and children could be there for the occasion. “Trust me, I’ll go back and tell them every detail,” he quipped.
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Previous recipients of the award include Elton John, Van Morrison and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett.