Pharrell Williams cries while watching 'Happy' video

Posted at 04/16/14 8:06 PM

MANILA -Grammy-winning artist Pharrell Williams was brought to tears after watching a video of people around the world dancing to his hit "Happy," which included a clip from the Philippines.

During his interview with host Oprah Winfrey on Oprah Prime on Sunday, the 41-year-old singer became emotional when he talked about his career and the success of his recent chart-topping hit.

"Zero air play, nothing. And the next thing you know, we put out the video on November 21st and all of a sudden --boom. I mean, when I say boom, I mean booom," he said.

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

Winfrey then showed Williams a montage of fan-made videos, recorded in Slovakia, Portugal, Germany, London and the already mentioned Philippines to name few.

Midway through the video, however, the singer failed to contain his emotions. "Why am I crying on Oprah?" he quipped.

"It's overwhelming because it's like 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," Williams explained.

Last month, the United Nations Development Programme Philippines produced a video of 'Yolanda' survivors dancing to the tune of "Happy."

The nearly-three minute clip was an ode to the indomitable Filipino spirit and was posted online as a way to express gratitude to all the countries who helped in the relief efforts.

The video, directed by Quentin Musset, almost has 500,000 views as of writing.