‘Happy’ was written, produced, and performed by Pharrell Williams from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album. It was the best-selling song of 2014 with sales of 13.9 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.
The music video for ‘Happy’ was nominated for Best Male Video and Video of the Year at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The song was Billboard ’s #1 single for 2014.
Williams himself appears 24 times in the day-long video, once at the start of each hour. There are a number of celebrity cameos in the video, including Whit Hertford, Kelly Osbourne, Magic Johnson, Urijah Faber, Sérgio Mendes, Jimmy Kimmel, Odd Future, Steve Carell (who plays Gru in Despicable Me 2), Jamie Foxx, Ana Ortiz, Miranda Cosgrove (who plays Margo in Despicable Me 2), Gavin DeGraw and JoJo.
‘Happy’ was nominated for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards, but lost to “Let It Go” from Frozen. Afterwards, when GQ Magazine asked Williams “how badly” did he want the Oscar, he responded: “When they read the results, my face was…frozen. But then I thought about it, and I just decided just to…let it go.” – Wikipedia
Check out “Weird Al” Yankovic’s hilarious ‘Happy’ parady, ‘Tacky’, featuring appearances by Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black.