Muppets make everything better.
With the Grammy Awards show last night being very Grammy-esque (meaning,
not so very exciting), it's important to have a brief interlude of
insanity that makes the whole night worthwhile. Thanks to Cee Lo Green's
way-too-catchy tune and some Muppet spectacle, that insanity did indeed
come. Also, Gwyneth Paltrow showed up. Of course.
His "Forget You" (Yes, we know the real title. But people get mad if you write it anywhere.) nominated for the Song of the Year and Record of the Year Grammys, it wasn't a shock to have Cee Lo Green performing at the awards show. The song was everywhere on the radio and television this year. It got airtime on Saturday Night Live
. Gwyneth Paltrow rocked it on Glee
. And, despite the fact that no one can ever print or broadcast its original title, everyone knows exactly what word "Forget" replaces.
But the performance still managed to surprise. Muppets, space-themed sets and Elton John costumes will do that.
Yes, they were Muppets. Not familiar Muppets like Kermit and Miss Piggy but still Muppets. These Muppets came from the world of theater. According to MTV's announcement
, Cee Lo Green worked with the Jim Henson Company's "Stuffed and Unstrung" live show in New York to get just-right Muppets for his act.
We won't question why the just-right Muppets included a pug in a feather boa. It's easier just to go with it.
Of course, Gwyneth Paltrow also appeared on stage. How could she not, considering that the
singer is just as associated with "Forget You" as the song's originator? Alas, Paltrow didn't quite get the memo about the Muppet theme.
Sorry Gwyneth. Funky earrings do not a Muppet make.
Cee Lo himself did a lot better fitting in to his Muppet-y world. The singer appeared on stage in a bird-like ensemble whose shininess would most definitely cause any real birds to attack with gusto.
Immediate comparisons were made to Elton John -- and rightly so. Cee Lo Green's outfit wasn't just something that Elton John would wear, it's an outfit that he did
wear. An outfit that Elton John wore on The Muppet Show
, to be precise.
When the singer appeared as a guest star on The Muppet Show
in 1978, he wore a gaudy, feathered ensemble while performing "Crocodile Rock" with the Muppets. Someone definitely knew about this when they dressed Cee Lo for the Grammys.
Did all this Muppet spectacle help Cee Lo Green take the win? Not so much. But the performance very much did "win" the Grammy Award show.
What was the highlight of the Grammys for you? What other songs could be improved by the presence of Muppets? Is singing "Forget You" a lot a positive move for Gwyneth Paltrow's career? Leave us a comment below with your opinion!(Images and videos courtesy of CBS and Henson Associates)