The clip (above) has been a trending topic on social media since it was released early Monday morning ahead of the OWN broadcast, in which Winfrey shows the Grammy-winning hip hop artist and producer a montage of people from around the world dancing to the tune written for “Despicable Me 2.”
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“Why am I crying on Oprah?” Williams joked after Winfrey handed him a tissue. “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…sorry.”
“I get it. I really get it,” Winfrey said. “I so now get why it’s so infectious. Because it came from such a clear space, that the energy was absolutely uninterrupted by anything, other than allowing it to flow form heart to heart.”
“Happy” earned Williams his first Oscar nomination earlier this year, and became his first no. 1 Hot 100 single as a lead artist, too.