The Story Behind Pharrell’s GRAMMYs Hat [Video]

Pharrell Williams might be one of the most talked about musicians in the world right now. In addition to winning four GRAMMY Awards last night, his unusual hat became the biggest fashion story of this year’s awards.

As reported by The Cut, Pharrell’s hat is a reference to the 1982 hip-hop video “Buffalo Girls” by Malcolm McLaren and the World’s Famous Supreme Team.

The popular song has a long history in American culture, originating in 1844 as “Buffalo Gals,” a traditional song performed by Blackface minstrel singer John “Cool White” Hodges. McLaren’s adaptation was later sampled for Swedish singer and rapper Neneh Cherry’s 1988 chart-topping ode to her fashion clique, “Buffalo Stance.”

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