Pharrell Williams and Eddie Vedder invited to join Oscars Academy

They're among 12 music names invited to join top film body

Pharrell Williams and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder are among 12 musical names who have been invited to join the Oscars Academy.

The Academy, officially titled the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sent out invites to a total of 271 people from the entertainment world. Williams was nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Oscars for ‘Happy’, which was written for Despicable Me 2, while Vedder was nominated in the same category in 2008 for ‘Guaranteed’ from his soundtrack to Sean Penn’s drama Into The Wild.

‘Happy’ lost out to ‘Let It Go’ from Disney animation Frozen, with its songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez also among the 12 musical invitees. Others include Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik and jazz bassist Stanley Clarke, with the other six names being soundtrack composers, including Gravity‘s Steven Price.

The invites come days after the Oscars Academy announced new rules for the music categories, which forbids members attending concerts by nominees unless in a movie capacity. The rules come in the wake of accusations that Academy member Bruce Broughton tried to influence others on the committee to vote for his song ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ from a documentary of the same name.