Pharrell Williams Confesses: Cee Lo Green Did a Better Version of “Happy”
He’ll forever be remembered for his epic 24-hour music video for “Happy,” but it turns out Pharrell Williams wasn’t the original singer for the hit song.
During an interview with Howard Stern, the “Get Lucky” crooner explained that while he co-wrote the track, his original vision was to have Cee Lo Green handle the vocals for the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack juggernaut.
Pharrell noted, "I actually did [give it to] Cee Lo. He sounded amazing on it. I mean, he burns my version!”
“But the ... how do I say this diplomatically? Um ... he ... um ... 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."