CeeLo Green performed his hit song “F*ck You” aka “Forget You” during the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards wearing a bright colored feathery ensemble. Lo performed the song as a duet with Gwyneth Paltrow and they were joined by a slew of muppet characters.
Lo’s stylist, Shawn Barton reveals that it was Elton John’s classic muppet performance that sparked her creativity in Ceelo’s costume.
Cee Lo is a huge fan of Elton John. It was an homage to Elton. Cee Lo remembered that episode on The Muppets from when he was maybe about 5 years old.
I totally see it now!
Re-visit video of Cee-Lo and Gwyneth’s colorful “Forget You” Grammy performance below:
Why did he decide the Grammys was the right place for it?
It’s the Grammys! You see great artists doing spectacular things throughout the years. I remember seeing certain things, like Michael Jackson. Why not the Grammys?
For an artist, where can you get away with something like that? And not everyone can afford to see a tour or a show, but everyone tunes into the Grammys.
Who actually made the outfit?
Maria Harper. She’s fantastic designer who makes costumes. She was absolutely just divine in her creation of making that. Maria has been working with Cee Lo, as far as constructing his costumes, for a little while now.
She had done things for Cee Lo when he was in Goody Mob and worked with other artists in Goody Mob. She did everything – the outfit, the headpiece.
How heavy was it?
It’s the lightest outfit ever. It was a jumpsuit, Velcro-ed in the front. The wings, he put those on like you would a backpack. Then it was the chain metal-mirror headpiece. It all fit in a flat box. The heaviest thing was maybe the headpiece. I would say that weighed about 12 pounds.
The reaction from people was priceless because he didn’t rehearse in the costume. Everyone else was rehearsing in their costumes, but he had on a T-shirt and flip flops.
So when he walked out [in the costume], it was, “Oh damn!” He owned it. Everyone literally stopped what they were doing and cheered. It was the greatest thing ever.
I agree. Ceelo totally rocked that look!
And in case you were wondering how Ceelo dealt with that whole “F*ck You” / “Forget You” censorship issue, well, he simply put it on t-shirt instead of saying it…
Great Job Lo!