Pharrell Williams is usually one cool cat, but all it took was Oprah Winfrey to make the super-producer cry like a baby.
Pharrell got a little emotional during his interview on Oprah Primetime after the legendary talk show host played a super cut of people around the world dancing to his song, “Happy.”
The emotional response to the video is understandable, to say the least.
For years, Pharrell has always been the “guy behind the guy.” As one half of The Neptunes, he’s produced hits for the likes of Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Daft Punk. And when he wasn’t doing that, he was writing songs for his rock/hip-hop band, N*E*R*D.
Even after years of experience, “Happy” is actually his first breakout hit on his own. Originally for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, the song didn’t really take off until he launched the innovative 24hoursofhappy.com, the world’s first 24 hour music video. The song’s success could also be attributed to some good-timing. “Happy”’s success blew up just as two of his other big projects, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” were cooling down.
In other words, Pharrell deserves every accolade and we’re glad he’s finally getting some mainstream recognition.