“The Voice” might be about trying to find the next big artist, but during Tuesday (Nov. 25) night’s Top 10 elimination round, it was all about coach Pharrell Williams.
Throughout the season, the “Voice” coaches — Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Williams — take the stage to perform with their own teams, and during William’s performance of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” it sounded like the singer took a moment to comment on the events that unraveled Monday (Nov. 23) night in Ferguson, MO.
While on stage with contestants Luke Wade and DaNica Shirey — both of whom made it into the Top 8 — Williams swapped out a line from the original song with, “We need justice to unfurl.” Considering the news that Darren Wilson will not be indicted on charges of killing unarmed Michael Brown, it’s reasonable to assume that Williams used his time on live TV to comment on the grand jury’s decision.
In addition to his lyric change-up — which you can listen to for yourself in the above video –Williams also took to Twitter moments before his performance to talk about equality.
As we enter into the holiday season, all I wish for is a wonderful world where equality reigns supreme.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 26, 2014
Following his performance, viewers of the show tweeted about his word choice.
Pharrell Williams is a genius. Thoughtful performance a “What a Wonderful World” tonight, a touching commentary on Ferguson.
— Krista M.C. Conley (@KristaMCConley) November 26, 2014
I saw what you did there, @Pharrell. [Heart emoticon here]
— Michael Slezak (@MichaelSlezakTV) November 26, 2014
— Preston Jones (@prestonjones) November 26, 2014
— Andrea Chalupa (@AndreaChalupa) November 26, 2014
“The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.