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- Posted on Feb 13th 2011 10:45PM by Joshua Ostroff
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So to make up for the viral pop song's lost profanity, Cee Lo decided to turn the family-friendliness up to 11 by dressing up like a medieval peacock (a subtle reference to Elton John's 'Muppet Show' performance of 'Crocodile Rock') and enlisting Jim Henson's "forgetting" puppets (evidently, they can't be called Muppets, for legal reasons) as his band and back-up singers. The getup and puppet backing band was a direct homage to Elton John's performance of 'Crocodile Rock' on 'The Muppet Show,' and Green definitely nailed it.
Then, as a hat-tip to her great 'Glee' rendition, Green brought out Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow to duet -- and she actually did a pretty decent job despite her movie star aura paling next to Cee Lo's powerful voice and beautiful plumage.
Having already won Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the song earlier in the night -- Cee Lo's smile, as broad as his belly, didn't even fade when he flubbed a line early on -- this performance had the triumphant euphoria of a victory lap, even if Green spent the whole song seated before his grand piano.