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Tears of joy: Pharrell Williams 'happy' at iHeartRadio Music Awards show (w/video)

  • Gwen Stefani, left, presents the award for iHeartRadio innovator to Pharrell Williams at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Pharrell is still full of tears of joy — even after that viral interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The producer-rapper-singer was teary-eyed after he performed a medley of his hits at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and earned the innovator award for his contributions to music.

"I never dreamt in a million, million, million years as a producer that I would be standing here as an artist," the 41-year-old told the crowd Thursday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. "All I did was write the songs and you guys did all the heavy lifting, all the hard work."

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Pharrell performed his songs "Happy" and "Come Get It Bae," as well as two of last year's biggest hits that he was a part of — Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."

"I gotta thank my savior, I gotta thank God ... my wife and my son, Rocket," said Pharrell, who rarely acknowledges his personal life.

Pharrell famously cried in an interview with Winfrey last month. She appeared in a video, which included Beyonce and Lady Gaga, praising Pharrell's talent.

But Pharrell wasn't the only star in happy mood: Rihanna was the night's big winner, taking home four trophies including artist and song of the year for the slow tune, "Stay."

"It's not easy what we do. It's very difficult at times. It's a lot of pressure to be a lot of things, and I've never felt comfortable being anything other than myself — and I just thank my fans for being supportive," said Rihanna.

The pop star also won best fan army and hip-hop/R&B song of the year for the anthemic "Pour It Up."

Pitbull kicked off the first iHeartRadio Music Awards with a colorful performance — and words for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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