Despicable Me 2 Rejected Pharrell 9 Times Before “Happy”

Here’s proof you should never, ever give up. Pharrell Williams wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times about the time “Happy,” the world’s first 24-hour music video, became a global sensation. He drops an interesting bit of trivia:

Most people think that once they have found “it” — whatever that “it” may be for them — then they will have attained “perfect” happiness. But happiness always comes from within, and many unfortunately take it for granted, or feel guilty about it or suppress happiness instead of setting it free.

It’s not possible to experience constant euphoria, but if you’re grateful, you can find happiness in everything. While I’ve expressed gratitude many times for what my song “Happy” did for me personally, I will never stop saying thank you.

I’m thankful for all the people behind the song’s success, and how I was constantly pushed to do more — my song submissions for this scene in “Despicable Me 2” were rejected nine times. I’m thankful that people now know my name where they hadn’t before.