Grammy Awards: Cee Lo gets the puppet + Gwyneth treatment, and one worked
All right, so it wasn't Kermit and Miss Piggy, but we knew that going in. Instead, Cee Lo was dressed like a peacock as he sat at the piano, and a group of Jim Henson puppets (they sorta look like the Muppets you know, but sorta different) danced behind him. This blog is not in any way, shape or form gonna mock puppets. More puppets. Pop & Hiss is pro-puppets. Vote for puppets in 2012. Puppets!
Anyway, Cee Lo's "[Forget] You," as it was performed tonight, didn't suffer from the puppet treatment. The song is silly and turns a kiss-off into something that can be laughed at. It's angry and jealous and knows how pointless those feelings are, and if anything, the puppets emphasized the song's lighter notes. Although this writer would have preferred a DS reference rather than an XBOX.
As for Gwyneth Paltrow, the star was fine. She didn't embarrass herself, but she didn't stand out, either. It was a pointless add, if anything, as Cee Lo is a fine vocalist in his own right and doesn't need any help. She sounded better singing the songs from "Country Strong" live than she did handling an ornate pop hit.
-- Todd Martens
Photo credit: Los Angeles Times