From Grammy award winning artists to actors and musicians, the Walmart Shareholders meeting celebrated its financial gains and its employees.
Hip Hop and R&B singer Pharrell Williams took the stage and sang his latest hit, “Happy.”
Robin Thicke took the stage next with “Get Her Back.” Pharrel joined him to sing “Blurred Lines.”
Other performances included Sarah McLachlan, Florida George Line and Aloe Blacc.
The host of the Walmart Shareholders Meeting was musician and actor Harry Connick Jr.
Walmart officials also took the stage to talk business. Officials also announced plans to open 200 new Neighborhood Markets.
Charles M. Holley Jr., chief financial official, said the company had an impressive 2014 fiscal year.
“The U.S had to deal with higher income taxes, delayed tax refunds, government debt and budget crisis and reduction in government assistance programs,” Holley said. “So given all of that how did we do? Well your company reached a record $473 billion in sales.”
The meeting also gave a warm welcome to the new Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. McMillon replaced Mike Duke in February.
“So where are we today?” McMillon said. “Over 2 million associates, just over 250 million customers a week, 27 countries, multiple store formats and brands, and a host of e-commerce capabilities and we’re growing.”
The Walmart Shareholders Meeting brought thousands of associates and shareholders from all over the world to Fayetteville.
Scott Neal, Walmart VP of produce, meat and seafood, won the Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur of the Year.
Below is one of 5NEWS Reporter Jocelyne Pruna‘s morning live shots before the big meeting. Walmart associates and shareholders tried to guess or put in a request on the celebrity guests.