Pharrell Williams sat down for an Oprah Prime interview with Oprah Winfrey to discuss the overwhelming success of his chart-topping single, and ended up shedding “happy” tears of gratitude to his fans.
The singer-songwriter-producer wasn’t expecting “Happy” to make such an impact and seemed genuinely surprised by its swift success: “The next thing you know, we put out the video on November 21, [and] all of a sudden boom,” he told Oprah, 60.
Pharrell was reduced to joyful tears when the ‘Favorite Things’ host pointed to a montage reel of all the fan videos that had been made worldwide.
When the cameras returned to the former N.E.R.D singer, he was wiping away tears, joking, “Why am I crying on Oprah? 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, to feel that.”
The 41-year-old hat afficianado’s upbeat single (off his album G I R L) has garnered immense fanfare, from an Oscar nomination to a number-one spot on music charts in dozens of countries. He is has also been tapped to replace Cee Lo Green as a new judge on The Voice.
Oprah later tweeted, “Thank you @Pharrell that was one of my all time favourite interviews ever. You all now can see why, right? #OprahPrime.”
We sure can, Oprah.