I watched the Grammys when it aired in hopes of seeing the National win for Best Alternative Music Album (which went to Vampire Weekend instead), and stuck around like a true completionist to the end for Trent Reznor and Queens of the Stone Age. Well, almost the end.
Apart from hoping to see the National win, I was genuinely curious to see what goes on at the Grammys. I hadn’t watched this particular award show since I was a kid and decided that now might be a good time to jump back into the broadest part of the pop culture loop and try it on for size. I mean, I’m a music junkie. Shouldn’t I be watching this?
There were performances, speeches, weddings and all sorts of things I’m neither savvy enough or snarky enough to make comment on, and yes, I found it all curious and entertaining. I mean, that room was full of monstrous, legendary talent any way you slice it, and that will always be a fascinating world to catch a glimpse into.
And then there was this hat.
I found it kind of odd and distracting when they’d cut to Pharell for a reaction, or to see him take the stage, but I didn’t otherwise think much of it at the time of broadcast. It was just a slightly larger-than-average brown hat. People wear strange stuff at the Grammys all the time, and so I pretty much tuned it out (I mean, Pharell’s dates to the show were a couple of French robots, right?)
What I found fascinating about the whole thing was the reaction and discussion that this hat brought about. I think Linda Holmes of NPR’s Monkey See blog said it best in her piece entitled Pharell Williams and the Power Hat, which was what first drew my attention to this whole thing as a thing in the first place.
And so bored, restless, and totally dry of inspiration days later, a dim lightbulb lit up above my head and I thought to myself “wouldn’t it be funny if you painted Pharell and his hat, except the hat is – get this – even BIGGER!?”
Oh the hilarity.
So there it is. What I thought would be a 20 minute doodle was hijacked by my sense of perfectionism and turned into a two hour painting of Pharell and his giant Mountie hat. Was it time well spent? Probably not.