Pharrell (L) revealed his Oscar-nominated song ‘Happy’ was recorded, and almost released by Cee Lo Green (R).
It’s hard to disassociate the song “Happy” with its singer, Pharrell Williams, but the Grammy-winning producer says his infectious pop song was almost released by Cee Lo Green.
“(Cee Lo) wanted to do it…and he did do it,” Pharrell, 40, told Howard Stern, according to The Guardian.
“He sounded amazing on it.”
Cee Lo, 39, would have been a fitting choice. The “Forget You” singer had a similar run with his happy break up song back in 2010. But Pharrell explained that the “powers that be” decided not to go with Cee Lo’s version of “Happy.”
“He burns my version!” Pharrell 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.” Shawnette Sampson via youTube The Grammy-winning producer and singer was moved to tears in an interview with Oprah after seeing people around the world singing his song ‘Happy.’
Luckily the former “Voice” judge didn’t have any hard feelings about missing out on what would later become the Oscar-nominated hit.
“He was one of the most gracious people about it when (‘Happy’) came out,” Pharrell said.