It was the hat tweeted ‘round the world. When R&B singer and Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams showed up to this year’s Grammy’s wearing what looked like an oversized Canadian Mountie hat twice the size of his own head, people were buzzing about it online. Some folks noticed the hat’s resemblance to the Arby’s logo, and the fast food chain even jokingly tweeted, “Hey Pharrell can we have our hat back?” So it was no surprise when after an anonymous buyer bought the Vivienne Westwood hat on EBay for $44,100 for charity, that buyer turned out to be the Arby’s company itself.
The “Happy” singer tweeted out last night, “Thank you to whoever bought my Grammy hat for $44,100.” Arby’s responded with, “You're welcome. We're HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back. Good luck at the #Oscars tonight!”
Pharrell took the silliness in stride and tweeted right back: “What a pleasant surprise! Thank you Arby’s. Our roast beef is now officially well-done.”
— Arby's (@Arbys) March 3, 2014
The money will actually be benefitting Pharrell’s charity, From One Hand to AnOTHER, which provides technology and arts educational programs to underserved kids throughout the country. And yes, in case you didn’t catch it, Pharrell did wear another one of his over-sized hats to the Oscar’s last night; this one was in black.