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Beyonce a Wubbzy? Fergie a Peanut? Grammy nominees in roles you might not know

January 28, 2010 |  1:00 pm
With the Grammy Awards only days away, most sites are offering last minute predictions about who will win in the major categories, speculating about the performances or the 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson,  even debating what Lady Gaga will wear. One site has a different take on the nominees.

Whose Voice Is That?, a blog that specializes in "the astute ability to identify voices in commercials, cartoons, voice-overs, etc." takes a comprehensive look at this year's nominees and the voice-over work they have done at various points in their careers. That includes Beyoncé's cutesy animated turn in the kid's show "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" and Jackson's more bizarre character work for a 2000 video game.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Before she became Fergie and dominated airwaves with the Black Eyed Peas, Stacy Ferguson spent a couple years in the 1980s providing the voice for Charlie Brown's younger sister, Sally, in the beloved "Peanuts" cartoons. She also played the cynical and ill-tempered Lucy van Pelt. Watch and listen to Fergie as Sally in a clip from "Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown" below. 

Last spring, Beyoncé, who has more nominations this year than any other artist, lent her voice to four episodes of Nickeloden's animated kid's show "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" as Shine, the lead singer of the Wub Girls. It was her first voice-over role and first children's project. Take a listen to the Wub Girls' "Sing a Song."

Sunday will feature two posthumous honors for Jackson: The King of Pop will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, in addition to the hyped 3-D tribute. While we here at Pop & Hiss would rather remember Jackson's voice-over work for his guest spot on an early episode of "The Simpsons" (watch it here) it's hard to ignore the weirdness of Space Michael in "Space Channel 5," a two-part music video game series made for Sega Dreamcast in 2000 and PlayStation 2 in 2003. He voiced the character Space Michael — based on Mr. Jackson — an interplanetary pop star who battled evil robots with his voice. Watch Space Michael in action in the trailer for the game below (Yes, there are signature Jackson moves).

Mos Def, who's nominated for his album "The Ecstatic," lent his voice to Cartoon Network's "The Boondocks" as wannabe-gangster rapper Gangstalicious, who may or may not be gay. Check out the clip below.

See more voice-over work the site managed to dig up here.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy