Over the past few years, we've seen Cee Lo Green in a variety of outrageous costumes during performances by his side project Gnarls Barkley, including Darth Vader, characters from "A Clockwork Orange," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Napoleon Dynamite," a roman gladiator and a bride.
But when the Goodie Mob rapper takes the stage at the Grammys on Sunday night, we're likely to see a whole different side of the Atlanta native. After a year in which his profanely excellent "F--- You" not only became a huge viral hit but also notched nominations for Song and Record of the Year, Green will play to his biggest audience with some help from one of his new Hollywood friends.
Not only will he reteam with "Country Strong" actress and pal Gwyneth Paltrow on the show, but he'll join the long, illustrious history of musicians who've taken the stage with Jim Henson's puppets for a one-of-a-kind performance.
And Henson's son, Jim Henson Company's Academy Award-winning CEO Brian Henson, told MTV News exclusively on Tuesday that viewers will truly see an "unforgettable" version of the song. "We have a live theater show in New York called 'Stuffed and Unstrung,' and we've taken a bunch of the characters from that cast and made them into a band and backup singers for Cee Lo," Henson said of the fuzzy puppets from the made-for-grown-ups improv show. "He'll be backed by puppets who will make up a very weird and cool band."
Henson said the idea to sing with the puppets came from Cee Lo, who approached the Henson Company with a concept of what he wanted to do. "We had never worked with him before, and he's just a fabulous guy," Henson said. "I think he's a lifelong fan of the Muppets, and he had a pretty good idea of what he wanted."
The folks at the Grammys are keeping a tight lid on what will happen during Green's performance, but you can bet with the family-friendly Henson puppets onboard and the strict rules about four-letter words on prime-time TV that Cee Lo will be rocking out the G-rated "Forget You" version of the song.
Chances are he'll also be marking the world debut of the special version of the tune he recorded with Paltrow in New York last month. The same week they tracked that song in a New York studio, Cee Lo came out during Paltrow's "Saturday Night Live" monologue and helped her out with the lyrics to a Kenny Rogers/ Dolly Parton song.
Henson said Cee Lo made a visit to the Henson monster shop, where the singer and the puppeteers threw around some ideas and spent a while looking at puppets. "I think it will really be an unforgettable version of the song," Henson said.
What do you expect from Cee Lo's Grammy performance? Let us know in the comments!
Fantasia Barrino has officially landed her first feature film role. The American Idol alum and VH1 reality show star has been cast to star in the film adaptation of the 1993 book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel, which recounts the life of the late American gospel singer, a civil rights activist who was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 26 year old performer will portray Jackson on her journey from abject poverty in New Orleans to her rise as a global figure in gospel and early supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr. The singer died in 1972 at the age of 60.
The film will be directed by Euzhan Palcy (A Dry White Season) from a script by Jim Evering, and goes into production in April in Pittsburgh and Chicago for a December release.
Fantasia’s biggest previous role was playing Celie in the Broadway version of The Color Purple, and also played herself in the 2006 Lifetime biopic “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story”.
Dallas rapper Dorrough Music, best known for his breakthrough single “Ice Cream Paint Job” and follow up records “Get Big” and “Ahh Yeah,” recently appeared on the cover of OZONE’s Super Bowl issue and was all over the city during their big weekend. But he was in for a rude awakening yesterday morning, as the DEA kicked down his front door searching for evidence of alleged drug dealing. He alleges he was wrongfully accused and fired back by issuing the following statement:
HOME INVASION LEAVES DEA TO COME UP SHORT FINDING NO EVIDENCE
On the morning of February 8, 2011 hip-hop recording artist Dorrough was awakened as his home was being invaded by the DEA. Although the home of the Dallas, TX native is lavish and complimented with vehicles to match, the DEA found no evidence and could not make an arrest after an elaborate investigation which may have been stereotype driven. A spokesperson on behalf of Dorrough music states, “All they found were gold & platinum plaques (‘Ice Cream Paint Job’ sales) on the walls. Dorrough is anxious to get back in the studio to work and make more hits.”
While it wouldn’t be unheard of for a rapper to be funding their music career with drug proceeds, Dorrough’s business savvy has always impressed me and he comes across like a professional, not a dope boy. Since the raid turned up no evidence, it seems like the Hip Hop police might be reaching with this one.
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