June 14, 2021


Pharrell Williams Receives the Inaugural Anthem Award

Pharrell Williams' Inaugural Anthem Award Winner Acceptance Speech


An artist, philanthropist, entrepreneur and advocate for racial equity, Pharrell Williams is using his platform to empower a new generation of leaders.

A true visionary, talented singer, songwriter, music producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, no one is more fitting for this inaugural honor than Williams. He has long pushed for racial equity and created real-world impact with his work—most notably by helping to “even the odds” for students through his non-profit YELLOW. The organization was established to provide children in underserved communities with the educational tools necessary for their future success. In early 2021, YELLOW announced ‘Your Voice Is Power,’ a new educational partnership with Amazon and the Georgia Institute of Technology formed to encourage middle and high school students to have meaningful conversations about racial equity, as well as inspire an interest in computer science by teaching students to code new music remixes.

His philanthropic work does not stop with students; Williams announced the launch of Black Ambition in December 2020, a non-profit initiative to support Black and Latinx entrepreneurs in the tech, design, healthcare, and consumer products and services industries. 

For his work through non-profits YELLOW and Black Ambition, to actively creating a more racially equitable world through STEAM education for underserved children, and connecting Black and Latinx business owners with entrepreneurial support, Pharrell Williams is well-deserving of this Special Achievement award to celebrate the launch of The Anthem Awards. 

Inaugural Anthem Achievement Award

Through our inaugural season, we will walk in the same footsteps by amplifying the causes, organizations and people that are making a real-world impact. Submit your work to The Anthem Awards and amplify your work across the following causes: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Education, Art & Culture, Health, Humanitarian Action & Services, Human & Civil Rights, Responsible Technology, and Sustainability, Environment & Climate.

Enter your work by the Early Entry Deadline on Friday, August 6th