'Happy' brings Pharrell to tears during Oprah interview

International hit 'Happy' was written and produced by Pharrell. (Reuters)

International hit 'Happy' was written and produced by Pharrell. (Reuters)

The writer of one of the happiest songs cried as he was shown what a phenomenon the chart topper has become.

In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey on her upcoming show, Oprah Prime, Pharrell Williams, better known as Pharrell, was shown a video by the talk show host of how his hit, Happy, has impacted people all over the world. The video left artist in tears.

"Why am I crying on Oprah?" Pharrell said through tears as he was overcome with emotion.

"It's overwhelming because 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, and feel, to feel that."


Happy is a song from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and was also included on Pharrell's second studio album, G I R L.

The song was written and produced by Pharrell and was released on November 21 2013, along with a long-form music video presented via the website 24hoursofhappy.com. The site was launched featuring a visual presentation of Happy advertised as being "the world's first 24-hour music video".
The video comprises the looped four-minute song with various people dancing and miming along.


The single, according to Billboard, "became the first single in 57 years to start a third separate run at No. 1".

The Grammy award-winning artist partnered with the United Nations – which declared March 20 the second annual International Day of Happiness – to encourage people around the world to share videos of themselves dancing to Happy. Pharrell sorted through the submissions, all tagged with the hashtag #HAPPYDAY, and then shared them on his website.

South African filmmakers Shamiel Soni and Tannan Woods directed a Cape Town video response, which has since received more than 470 062 views on Youtube since March 24.

Rhodé Marshall

Rhodé Marshall

Rhodé Marshall is the Mail & Guardian's arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started as a radio reporter and producer in Cape Town, before jumping into online news. When there is chaos, she is the responsible, cool and calm one. With one hand glued to her phone and the other to a can of Coca-Cola, she is a pop culture junkie. And don't you dare write her name without the accent on the e, she will make sure that you know how to do it on every device. Visit her blog: rhodemarshall.co.za Read more from Rhodé Marshall

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