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Pharrell Williams cries 'Happy' tears

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
updated 3:41 PM EDT, Tue April 15, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The singer becomes overwhelmed talking to Oprah Winfrey
  • He says "Happy" is no longer just his song
  • Winfrey says she gets now why the song is so popular

(CNN) -- Go ahead and grab a tissue before you watch this one.

It's hard not to get swept up in the emotion of singer/rapper/producer Pharrell Williams as he breaks down while discussing his hit song "Happy" with Oprah Winfrey. Appearing on Winfrey's "Oprah Prime" show on the OWN network, Williams said the song didn't get much traction until he released a music video in November.

Pharrell Williams' impeccable style and boyish good looks -- as seen here at the 2014 Elle Style Awards in February -- have convinced the Internet that he's secretly a vampire. He's not, obviously, but we understand why many can't believe that this 40-year-old superstar looks so young. Take a look back at Pharrell through the years and see if you can spot any aging: Pharrell Williams' impeccable style and boyish good looks -- as seen here at the 2014 Elle Style Awards in February -- have convinced the Internet that he's secretly a vampire. He's not, obviously, but we understand why many can't believe that this 40-year-old superstar looks so young. Take a look back at Pharrell through the years and see if you can spot any aging:
Pharrell hasn't aged in 12 years
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Then everything went "boom."

"And we were like, 'What's happening?' " he said. "First of all, people are putting up their own videos. It was like no longer my song."

Winfrey then showed a compilation video of fans around the world displaying what "Happy" meant to them. The singer was so moved he wept.

"It's overwhelming because it's like I love what I do," Williams said. "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."

Winfrey said it made her cry also.

"It's being used for something that's greater than yourself," she said. "I get that."

After Williams' clearly genuine reaction, Winfrey also had some thoughts as to why the song has become so popular.

"I so now get why it's so infectious," she said. "Because it came from such a clear space that the energy was absolutely uninterrupted by anything other than allowing it to flow from heart to heart."

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