Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Emeli Sande and More Remake Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows’ [VIDEO]
Set in the Alexander Palace Theatre in London, Pharrell kicks off the track and looks sharp in a suit with his signature cuffed pant. He's followed by Emeli, who's seated at the end of an elaborate banquet to sing the second line. Stevie later takes on his part and is illuminated by flying gems. The veteran crooner also plays the harmonica. Meanwhile, Sam Smith ends does his dreamy bit right before Brian Wilson, one of the Beach Boys, finishes off the song.
“All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough,” Wilson said. “I’m just honored that ‘God Only Knows’ was chosen. ‘God Only Knows’ is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”
Lorde, Elton John, Chris Martin, Brian May of Queen, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Florence and the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch also contribute to the iconic song.
Aside from launching BBC Music, the song will also be released as a single. Proceeds from the sales will go to the BBC's Children in Need foundation.