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Sunday 24 May 2015

Pharrell's Happy tears for Oprah

Pharrell Williams cried happy tears on Oprah Winfrey's chat show
Pharrell Williams cried happy tears on Oprah Winfrey's chat show

Pharrell Williams has been reduced to tears when he appeared on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.

The chat show host surprised the Happy hitmaker with a montage of fan-created videos from around the world, inspired by his number one song, which made him cry on Oprah Prime.

"Why am I crying on Oprah?" laughed the seven-time Grammy winner.

"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," he said through his tears.

Pharrell, who wore his signature Vivienne Westwood hat on the show, said the tune's success has been a huge surprise.

"(It had) zero airplay, nothing. And the next thing you know, we put out the video and all of a sudden, boom. We were like, what's happening? People are like putting up their own videos, it was like no longer my song," he told Oprah.

Oprah replied: "I get it. I really get it."

Written and produced by Pharrell, Happy - which featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and Pharrell's new album G I R L - topped the charts in 24 countries including the UK, US and Australia. It was nominated for an Oscar but lost to Let It Go from Frozen.

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