When a song becomes a huge, international hit — like “Happy,’’ it’s hard to imagine any other singer — like Pharrell Williams – covering or releasing that song.
Cee Lo Green is the R&B/pop/soul artist who almost released “Happy” as his own. But although, Green did the song — something (or somebodies) worked in Williams’ favor.
“(Cee Lo) wanted to do it…and he did do it,” Williams said, according to The Guardian. But the “Crazy” singer’s team wasn’t feeling it was the right song for him.
No hard feelings
“He burns my version!” Williams said. “But … how do I say this diplomatically? The powers that be, at the time, did not see it fit for him. Some folks on his team just felt that the priority should be on (Cee Lo’s) album at the time … so they elected not to do that song.”
But there’s no hard feelings between Green and Williams.
“He was one of the most gracious people about it when (‘Happy’) came out,” Williams said.
But the popularity of the song skyrocketed and even surprised Williams.
Fans from all over the world performed his song — bringing the superstar to tears while being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.
“Why am I crying on Oprah?” he laughed. “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.”