On Sunday night, Oprah Winfrey sat down with the musician on Oprah Prime, where Williams spoke about the out-of-nowhere success of his enormously popular smash. The humble Voice mentor, 41, was overcome with emotion and cried tears of joy after the Queen of Talk surprised him with a compilation of heart-warming “Happy” fan videos from across the globe.
It wasn’t always happy times for the super producer. Pharrell was more than a little worried about the tune after it was initially released late last year, as part of the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. When it came to radio play, “Happy” was getting nothing but dead air.
“Zero air-play, nothing. And the next thing you know, we put out the video on November 21 and all of a sudden–boom. I mean, when I say boom, I mean boooooom. And we were like, what’s happening? First of all, people are putting up their own videos. It was like no longer my song.”