February 9, 2015


Watch Pharrell Debut Experimental, Arena-Sized Version of "Happy" at GRAMMYs

It's been almost two years since Pharrell debuted "Happy" on his soundtrack to Despicable Me 2. So he knew that bringing it to the 2015 GRAMMYs for a performance would take something special, and boy, were we not ready.

Showing up in all black with some fly neon sneaks, Pharrell donned a sort of bellhop hat and did a brooding, theatrical intro, delivering those famous upbeat opening couplets in a spoken-word style.

Then "Happy" blew wide open, with a huge team of singers and dancers, a virtuoso grand piano bit, and a celebration the seemed to engulf the entire Staples Center.

Prior to dusting off "Happy" for the stage, Pharrell took home the Best Pop Solo Performance award for the song, as well as Best Urban Contemporary Album for G I R L, and Best Music Video for "Happy." All deserved, for sure, but was there ever, ever a question in the music video department? "Happy" is a 24-hour music video. Automatic winner, every time.