We saw the sensitive side of Pharrell on the April 13 episode of Oprah Prime (via Gawker) as the hitmaker sat down with Oprah Winfrey to talk about his career — and the remarkable success of his exuberant hit song "Happy."
To hear the singer-producer tell it, the single didn't have an auspicious start. "Zero airplay, nothing," Pharrell remembers. "And the next thing you know — we put out the video on November 21 — all of a sudden, boom … And we were like, 'What's happening? OK, first of all, people are putting up their own videos.' It was, like, no longer my song."
Oprah then shows Pharrell a supercut of fans dancing to the infectious hit from all over the world — places like Bermuda, Slovakia, Taiwan, Dakar, Iceland, and countless more.
And by the end of the montage, the 41-year-old is in tears.
"Why am I crying on Oprah?" he laughs.
Oprah prompts the discussion: "It's being used for something that's greater than yourself. I get that."
"It's overwhelming," Pharrell responds. "Because it's like, I love what I do, and I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long that I could make it to this point to feel that. [Gestures to the video]"
Talk about a happy ending!
Source: Oprah Prime (via Gawker)