pharrell williams*Pharrell Williams has made it clear that regardless of the ongoing battle with Marvin Gaye’s estate or the outcome, he still has incredible respect for the late soul legend.

“I’m a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. He is a genius. He is the patriarch,” Pharrell said.

After many speculated whether “Blurred Lines” was a rip off from Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up,” Pharrell, Thicke and T.I. filed a lawsuit asking a judge to determine that their song was an original and not a copy of Gaye’s song and a song by George Clinton. The filed to precede any future claims from Gaye’s heirs.

When talking with the Associated Press Thursday, Pharrell said the two songs aren’t similar at all.

“If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It’s completely different,” he said on the red carpet during an event for the Calvin Klein Collection during New York Fashion Week.

Gaye “is the king of all kings, so let’s be clear about that. And we take our hats off to him,” he said. “But anybody that plays music and reads music, just simply go to the piano and play the two. One’s minor and one’s major. And not even in the same key.”

The Grammy winner has had a huge year; he was also a collaborator on the other big song of the summer, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”