What Happened To Cee Lo Green

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Callaway performing in 2008
Background information
Birth nameThomas DeCarlo Callaway
Also known asThomas Burton[1]
BornMay 30, 1974 (age 45)[2]
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • record producer
  • actor
Years active1994–present
Associated acts

Mark Horton/WireImage. Following a year filled with legal issues related to a drug charge, Cee Lo Green says he’s grown as a person and artist – and he’s ready to return as a coach for NBC singing competition The Voice. “I’ve talked very possibly about doing The Voice again,” Green told the Associated Press. What Happened to Cee-Lo Green – 2018 Update. Instead of continuing to record and perform with the group however, he decided to embark on a solo music career, having secured a recording contract with Arista Records. In the spring of 2002, Green released his first solo album, Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections. CeeLo Green announced he was quitting The Voice in the middle of his legal battle. There were rumors he decided to quit before he could be fired. Dec 08, 2015  CeeLo Green Quit 'The Voice' to Avoid Being Fired, insider says, but NBC was 'blindsided' by the singer announcing his exit on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'.

Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (born May 30, 1974),[2][3][4] known professionally as CeeLo Green (or Cee Lo Green), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor.

Green came to initial prominence as a member of the Georgia-based Southern hip hop group Goodie Mob and later as part of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley, with record producer Danger Mouse. Subsequently, He embarked on a solo career, partially provoked by YouTube popularity.[5]

Internationally, Green is best known for his soul music work: his most popular was Gnarls Barkley's 2006 worldwide hit 'Crazy', which reached number 1 in various singles charts worldwide, including the UK. In the United States, 'Crazy' reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The debut album St. Elsewhere (2006), was also a hit, peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and number 4 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. Gnarls Barkley's second album, The Odd Couple (2008), charted at number 12 on the Billboard 200.

In 2010, Green took a hiatus from working with Danger Mouse, and released a solo single titled 'Fuck You', on August 19. The song became a successful single, with the radio edit version 'Forget You', reaching the top spot in the UK and the Netherlands and peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The third solo album, The Lady Killer (2010), saw similar success, peaking within the top five of the UK Albums Chart and debuting within the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, receiving a Gold certification from the BPI in the UK. His next two singles, 'It's OK' and 'Bright Lights Bigger City' were also hits in Europe. From 2011 to 2014, Green was a judge and coach on American reality television singing competition The Voice, appearing on four of its seasons.[a] In 2013, Green reunited with the rest of Goodie Mob, to release their fifth studio album Age Against the Machine.

He voiced Murray the Mummy in the 2012 animated feature film Hotel Transylvania, and also appeared in a few television programs and films including his own show, CeeLo Green's The Good Life, on TBS. Green has appeared in commercials, including 7 Up, Duracell, M&M’s, and sake brand TYKU. His work has earned numerous awards and accolades, including five Grammy Awards, a BET Award, a Billboard Award, and a Brit Award.

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Early life[edit]

Green was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from high school at Riverside Military Academy, a boarding school for boys in Gainesville, Georgia. Both of his parents were ordained ministers,[7] and he started his music career in church. His father died when Green was two years old.[7] His mother, Sheila J. Tyler-Callaway, a firefighter,[8][9] was paralyzed in a car crash and died two years after the accident when Green was 18.[7] Green has also acknowledged being a fan of disgraced British glam rock singer Gary Glitter, but has acknowledged to Q Magazine that he is aware of Glitter's crimes.[10]

At the time of his mother's death, Green's career with Goodie Mob had just begun taking off. He sank into a deep depression, which he later wrote about in various songs throughout his career, including 'Free' by Goodie Mob, 'Just a Thought' on St. Elsewhere, and 'She Knows' and 'A Little Better' on The Odd Couple.[7][11] Green also wrote about his mother in the song 'Guess Who' from Goodie Mob's album Soul Food. In an excerpt of CeeLo Distilled, a documentary produced by Absolut and The Fader, Green explained that his mother's death was a defining moment that led him toward 'crossing that threshold over into a career'.[12]

Music career[edit]

1991–1998: Early career with Goodie Mob[edit]

Along with Big Gipp, T-Mo, and Khujo, Green was an original member of the Atlanta hip hop group Goodie Mob. He is the youngest of the four.[13] The Goodie Mob was a part of the Atlanta rap collective the Dungeon Family, which also included Outkast. Goodie Mob appeared on two tracks on OutKast's 1994 debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, with Green providing vocals for 'Call of da Wild' and 'Git Up, Git Out'.

Goodie Mob released their debut album, Soul Food, in 1995. The album received much critical praise as a pioneering record for the emerging Southern rap scene. It featured a distinctive soulful southern sound by production team Organized Noize.

During this time, he also contributed backing vocals to TLC's hit 1995 song 'Waterfalls'.[14]

The group's second album, Still Standing, came out in 1998 and also received much critical praise. Its commercial performance was slightly lower than the group's previous effort, however. Green took more creative control on the group's next album, World Party, which was released in 1999.[15]

1999–2003: Move to Arista[edit]

In around 1999, during the making of the album World Party, Green left the group to pursue a solo career under Arista and the remaining members continued to perform together under the Goodie Mob name with Koch Records. They did however collaborate in combinations in the Dungeon Family album Even in Darkness.

The song 'Hold On' from Big Boi of Outkast's Got Purp? Vol. 2 album was the first newly recorded Goodie Mob song with all four members since World Party.[16]

Green was one of ten guest musicians who contributed to the 1999 Santana album Supernatural. Lauryn Hill wrote 'Do You Like The Way', and she and Green both provided lead vocals.

Green's Arista career was short-lived, as he was dropped after two albums due to low record sales. His first album, Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections (2002), was heavily in the vein of various other Dungeon Family releases, with southern soul/funk/jazz backings produced by Green and boasting appearances by fellow Dungeon Fam members Big Gipp and Backbone. The album did not sell very well, but Green achieved some airplay with the single 'Closet Freak'.[citation needed]

2004–2008: Second solo album and formation of Gnarls Barkley[edit]

Green (front) with Danger Mouse (back)

His second Arista album, Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine (2004) brought a more branched-out sound and more deeply explored southern rap music. This is evidenced by collaborations with 'the biggest hip-hop musicians of all time', including Ludacris, T.I., and Pharrell Williams.[17] The album debuted and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Album chart.[18] It received critical acclaim and was described as 'one of the most ambitious albums to come out of any genre in recent times.'[19]

Along with DJ Danger Mouse, Green was part of a duo called Gnarls Barkley. Green first met Danger Mouse at a University of Georgia event. They later collaborated on the remix of the Danger Mouse and Jemini song 'What U Sittin' On?' from the album Ghetto Pop Life,[20] before working together again on the 2005 Danger Doom album The Mouse and The Mask on the song 'Benzie Box' where Green delivers the chorus.[21]

Gnarls Barkley's first collaborative album, St. Elsewhere, was released on April 24, 2006, in the UK and May 2, 2006, in the United States. St. Elsewhere entered the charts at No.1 in the UK, as did the first single 'Crazy'. 'Crazy' is the first single to reach number one in the UK based on digital download sales alone and is ranked by Rolling Stone as the greatest song of the decade, ergo making it Green's most successful project to date.[13] A second album by Gnarls Barkley, titled The Odd Couple, was released in March 2008. Its first single was released in January called 'Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)'.[13]

Seeing the success achieved by Gnarls Barkley, Arista and Legacy released a 17-track greatest hits collection of songs by Green, titled Closet Freak: The Best of Cee-Lo Green the Soul Machine. It features predominantly solo tracks by Green and several Goodie Mob songs.[22] His 'What Part of Forever' was included in The Twilight Saga: Eclipsesoundtrack.[23] In 2008, Green published a rendition of the 1974 single 'Kung Fu Fighting' by Jamaican vocalist Carl Douglas, for the animated film Kung Fu Panda.[24]

2009–2011: The Lady Killer and tours[edit]

On August 14, 2010, Green released the single 'Fuck You' to YouTube ahead of his planned solo album release, due to its partial leak on April 13. 'Fuck You!' was an instant viral smash hit,[5] registering over two million plays in less than a week. Two weeks later on September 1, CeeLo released to YouTube an official music video of the song.[25] 'Fuck You' made a debut at No.1 on the UK charts, notably beating out 'Shame' from the recently reunited Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow. On December 1, 2010, CeeLo received five Grammy nominations for 'Fuck You!', which has been certified Gold in the United States[26] and Denmark.[27] The single achieved platinum status in Canada,[28] New Zealand,[29] and the UK;[30] and multi-platinum status in Australia. There is a bowdlerized version of the song titled, 'Forget You!'[31]

In October 2010, Green released his first mixtape, Stray Bullets.[32] In an interview with Exclaim!, he said his 2010 album The Lady Killer '...is a more clear, concise, consistent, conceptual, entire album [than his previous]. It's a complete thought, because it's written to be like a score. The album's meant to be a motion picture, you know? I've never taken that approach to doing an album before.'[33] The album was certified Gold in the UK on December 6, 2010.[34]

Green toured during 2010 and 2011 with an all-femalebacking band named 'Scarlet Fever' (made up of Sharon Aguilar, Brittany Brooks, Theresa Flaminio, and Regina Zernay Roberts), performing forTaratata,[35] the BBC,[36][37][38][39]Late Show with David Letterman,[40] W's Symmetry Live Concert Series,[41][42]Saturday Night Live,[43][44] the Jimmy Kimmel Live! special show following the Academy Awards,[45] and many other venues. Green also performed 'Forget You', a sanitized version of his hit 'Fuck You', with Gwyneth Paltrow and several puppets provided by The Jim Henson Company at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011. His performance was in part a homage to Elton John, who wore a very similar costume in a Muppet show performance in 1977.[46] At the 2011 BRIT Awards two days later, he was joined by British vocalist Joelle Bennett in another duet of 'Fuck You'.[47][48] Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Green would join Rihanna and J. Cole on the North American leg of RihannaLoud Tour in the summer of 2011.[49] However, he later dropped out of the tour citing that his busy work schedule, which included his commitment to judging The Voice, writing a new book and recording a new album, as the reason for his withdrawal.[50]

On August 14, 2011, Green performed at WWE SummerSlam performing 'Forget You' and the event's theme, 'Bright Lights Bigger City'. He also performed at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards performance.[51]

CeeLo re-released his album The Lady Killer as a Platinum Edition on November 28, 2011.[52] The repackaged album contained the original 16 tracks, including remixed versions of 'Bright Lights Bigger City' (feat. Wiz Khalifa) and 'I Want You (Hold On To Love)' plus one extra track, written by Ross Golan, 'Anyway'. The new track, 'Anyway', served as the album's sixth overall single and first Platinum Edition single.

Green recorded and wrote 'Language of Love', for the Sex and the City 2 soundtrack. It was rumoured in mid-2010 that Green was working with Alien Ant Farm on a track slated for appearance on an upcoming album by the latter.[53] This was confirmed the following year,[54] however, the track failed to materialize, with Alien Ant Farm singer Dryden Mitchell stating he planned to do a cover of Easy Lover with Green, but Green never recorded his parts.[55]

2012–present: Upcoming works and autobiography[edit]

CeeLo Green performing with the Muppets at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2012

In March 2012, Green performed at a fundraiser for President Barack Obama, who attended.[56] He began singing 'Fuck You' with the original lyrics, but then switched to the unprofane set of lyrics.[57] Green released the song 'I Love Football' in September 2012, set to the tune of 'Blitzkrieg Bop' by Ramones.[58] It was chosen by the National Football League as the theme song of Thursday Night Football 2013.[59]

On February 5, 2013, Green released the song 'Only You', featuring Lauriana Mae, a contestant on P. Diddy's Starmaker. It was set to be on Green's upcoming fourth album,[60] tentatively titled Girl Power[61], but in the end did not appear on an album. In the same month, Green kicked off his 'CeeLo Green Presents Loberace' concert residency (or simply 'Loberace').[62] Supposed to be unveiled at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on February 21, 2013, the event was rescheduled to a later date due to a fatal shooting along the Las Vegas Strip where the resort is situated.[63] A few months later, on September 10, Green's autobiography Everybody's Brother was released.[64]

From June to August 2014, Green toured alongside Lionel Richie for his North American 'All the Hits All Night Long' gig.[65][66] Green's new band the 'Board Memberz' is led by musical director Printz Board and consists of: Timothy 'Izo' Orindgreff, Lucy Graves, Jazelle Rodriguez, Ashley Dzerigan, Patty A. Miller, and Sojung 'Liso' Lee.

What Happened To Cee Lo Green

In January 2015, Green released a concept mixtape with music derived from a variety of TV show theme songs, titled TV on the Radio.[67] Green's next studio album, Heart Blanche was released on November 6, 2015.[68] The lead single, 'Robin Williams', named after and dedicated to the actor of the same name, was released on July 17, 2015.[69]

In December 2016 Green released a new song and video 'F**ck Me I'm Famous' under the alias Gnarly Davidson.[70] Green attended the 59th Grammy Awards in character as Gnarly Davidson, for which he dressed in all gold complete with a face mask.[71] A couple days later Green released a new song and video called 'Jay-Z's Girl' [72] The song is a reworking of Rick Springfield's 'Jessie's Girl' with lyrics changed to be about his admiration for Jay-Z's wife Beyoncé.[73]

On July 14, 2017, Green performed at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.[74]

Television appearances[edit]

Green, along with the rest of the Goodie Mob, had a cameo in the 1999 film Mystery Men, as a member of the Not So Goodie Mob, in which he was credited as 'Thomas Burton aka Cee lo'. He also has done voice acting work, voicing Prime Cut Miggity-Mo' Macdaddy Gizzabang Doggy Dog Dog on the Brak Show episode 'Brakstreet' in 2002, Frank and Buddy Z Class of 3000's Christmas special and as Godzilla in the Robot Chicken episode 'Squaw Bury Shortcake' in 2007, and Rev. Rollo Goodlove in the Boondocks episodes 'The S-Word' and 'The Hunger Strike' in 2008. In 2010, he appeared in T-Pain's Freaknik: The Musical as Light Skin.

On January 15, 2011, Green both acted and performed on NBC's Saturday Night Live hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow, who, in November 2010, covered his song 'Forget You' on an episode of Glee.[75]

Green was one of the coaches for contestants on seasons one through three on the singing TV show The Voice.[76] He retired as a coach on the fifth season.[77]

October 11, 2011, Green guest starred in the NBC series Parenthood in the episode 'Tales From the Luncheonette'.[78][79]

On August 14, 2011, Green appeared at WWE SummerSlam and performed both 'Bright Lights Bigger City', the official theme song for the event, and his hit 'Forget You'. On September 25, 2011, Green appeared as himself in a live-action/voice appearance and as the voice of a hot tub in the American Dad! episode 'Hot Water'.[80]

The following year, on February 5, Green appeared in the Super Bowl halftime show with Madonna. On March 31, 2012, Green appeared in the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards. On August 8 of that year, he played J.C. Carpenter in the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man, in the episode 'J.C. Carpenter's Gospel Show'. Ten days later, he guest starred in the Nickelodeon show How to Rock in the episode 'How to Rock Cee Lo'. That year, he also lent his voice to the animated feature Hotel Transylvania as Murray the Mummy.

On February 28, 2013, he appeared as himself in the sitcom Anger Management, in the episode 'Charlie & Cee Lo'. The same year, he appeared in the film Begin Again.[81]

Green performed at the Singapore Social Star Awards from May 23, 2013, to May 24, 2013.[82]

On June 23, 2014, Green premiered his new reality-based docu-comedy television series CeeLo Green's The Good Life on TBS, in which he appears with the other members of Goodie Mob. On September 2, 2014, TBS announced that they were canceling the show in the wake of Green's controversial comments on the nature of rape.[83]

Green competed on an episode of Lip Sync Battle that aired on May 26, 2016 against comedian Russell Peters. He won with performances of The Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' and 'Rock and Roll All Nite' by Kiss.[84]

In 2017, Green guest starred in the Cartoon Network series Teen Titans Go! acting as himself and Cee Lo Bear in the first and fourth parts of 'The Day the Night Stopped Beginning to Shine and Became Dark Even Though It Was the Day', and his cover of 'The Night Begins to Shine' from the special was commercially released.[85]

Other ventures[edit]

Managed by Primary Wave Entertainment, Green has endorsed various brands, including 7 Up, M&M's and Duracell.[86] Green owns part of the sake brand TY KU and the company has collaborated with him on a few business ventures,[87] including a commercial promoting the brand, dubbed the 'first national sake commercial' in the United States.[88] In 2011, it was estimated by a New York Times reporter that Green earned some US$20 million dollars, predominantly from the endorsement deals, in that year alone.[86]

Personal life[edit]

CeeLo Green has described himself as having been a 'goon' in his youth, as well as a 'kleptomaniac, pyromaniac, just plain maniac'.[89]

Green was married to Christina Johnson, and divorced in 2005. He and Johnson have a son, Kingston, who was born on September 30, 2000, and Green was stepfather to her daughters, Sierra and Kalah. Sierra appeared on the MTV show My Super Sweet 16 for her 15th birthday party.[90][91]

Legal troubles[edit]

On October 30, 2012, Green was accused of sexual battery by a woman with whom he had dined at a Los Angeles restaurant,[92][93] leading to a nearly year-long investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.[94] On October 21, 2013, Green pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of furnishing a controlled substance after the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office declined to file a charge of rape of an intoxicated person, citing insufficient evidence.[95] On August 29, 2014, Green pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy and was sentenced to three years' formal probation, 360 hours of community service, and ordered to complete 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.[96]


At the April 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Green had his set cut off while performing, and then stormed off stage.[97] CeeLo had arrived 25 minutes late, performed five songs, including 'Fuck You' and Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy'. His set was scheduled to end at 5:40 p.m. At 5:44 p.m., as he was apologizing for being late due to air travel delays, the audio from his microphone was cut off.[98] He then stormed off stage amid boos.[99]

On June 16, 2011, journalist Andrea Swensson of City Pages negatively reviewed one of Green's performances, writing that it 'failed to measure up to the fun factor of his recorded material. Green spent most of the set stationed in front of a microphone at the center of the stage, barely moving an inch while he sang and flanked by two forgettable back-up singers and a DJ that was all but hidden behind a giant LCD display'.[100] In response, the following day Green tweeted 'I respect your criticism but be fair! People enjoyed last night! I'm guessing ur gay? And my masculinity offended u? well fuck U!'[101] Green promptly received angered responses from some of his followers on Twitter, to which he replied 'Apologies gay community! what was homophobic about that?'[102] In a subsequent interview with magazine Us Weekly, Green stated that his comments were meant in good fun, adding that 'I am not harboring any sort of negative feeling toward the gay community' and that 'I am one of the most liberal artists that I think you will ever meet, and I pride myself on that.'[103]

On December 31, 2011, Green sang John Lennon's 'Imagine' just prior to the ball drop for New Year's Eve at New York City's Times Square. In his rendition, Green replaced the line 'and no religion, too' with the words 'and all religions true'.[104] Many saw this as a substantial revision of the meaning behind Lennon's original lyrics.[104] Shortly after the performance, Green responded via Twitter: 'Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world where u could believe what u wanted that's all'.[105] Green deleted a series of tweets pertaining to this event shortly thereafter.[106]

On August 31, 2014, Green was criticized for tweets relating to his sexual battery court case. Two of his specific tweets regarding rape were 'People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!' and 'If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent'. After sending a number of tweets on the topic of rape, he temporarily deactivated his Twitter account. He re-activated it a number of hours later, tweeting the following apology: 'I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.'[107]


Goodie Mob albums

  • Soul Food (1995)
  • Still Standing (1998)
  • World Party (1999)
  • Age Against the Machine (2013)

Gnarls Barkley albums

  • St. Elsewhere (2006)
  • The Odd Couple (2008)

Solo albums

  • Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections (2002)
  • Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine (2004)
  • The Lady Killer (2010)
  • Cee Lo's Magic Moment (2012)
  • Heart Blanche (2015)

Awards and nominations[edit]



  1. ^Not counting his appearance as a non-competition performer on the sixteenth episode of the fourth season.[6]


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Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green in 2007
Background information
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
Years active2003–2010 (currently inactive)

Gnarls Barkley is an American soul duo, composed of singer-songwriter CeeLo Green and producer Danger Mouse. They released their debut studio album, St. Elsewhere, in 2006. It contained their hit single 'Crazy', which peaked at number two on the US Hot 100 and topped the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated at the 2007 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, and was platinum certified for shipping over 1,000,000 records.[4]St. Elsewhere also received a nomination for Album of the Year. The Odd Couple, their second studio album, was scheduled for release in April 2008, but due to a leak of their album over the internet, they decided to release it early.[5] The album in its entirety received good reviews, but it did not have as much commercial success as their first album.

  • 1History
    • 1.1Background


What Happened To Cee Lo Green


CeeLo Green first entered the scene as part of the Atlantahip hop group Goodie Mob which had a large hand in the Dirty South movement of the 1990s. Green left the group after their third album in 1999 and started his solo career. That year he sang on 'Do You Like the Way' along with Lauryn Hill on Santana's multi-platinum Supernatural album.

Brian Joseph Burton, better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, has produced albums for a number of hip hop and rock artists, including Gorillaz' Demon Days, and The Black Keys' Attack & Release, El Camino, and Turn Blue. He received international attention for his mash-upThe Grey Album, which blended the a cappella edition of Jay-Z's The Black Album with samples from The Beatles' White Album.

The duo first met while Green was on a tour for which Danger Mouse happened to be the DJ. They became musical partners and worked together on the songs that would become St. Elsewhere; prior to the release of that album they collaborated on the songs 'What You Sittin' On?' for Lex Records in 2004, and 'Benzie Box' from the Danger Doom album The Mouse and the Mask in 2005.

Band name[edit]

In 2006, Sanjiv Bhattacharya interviewed the duo for The Guardian and asked about where their band name came from, to which Green replied: 'You ask me why we're called Gnarls Barkley and I'm asking you 'why not?'...The name Gnarls Barkley isn't anchored down. It's a drifter. A High Plains drifter, I might add'.[6] Danger Mouse said: 'There's no story behind it...The name doesn't have anything to do with anything'.[6] Although many people believe that their name has something to do with former NBA player Charles Barkley; when Sanjiv asked them about it, Danger Mouse replied: 'Nope. It's just like everything else on this record. There was no conscious decision about stuff'.[6]

According to a Billboard article: 'Burton and CeeLo have been cagey about what the name of the act means, and each live performance is an opportunity to play dress-up as tennis players, astronauts and chefs, among many other get-ups. The costuming extends to photo shoots, as Burton and Cee Lo would rather impersonate characters from such films as Back to the Future or Wayne's World. They also have dressed up as characters from films A Clockwork Orange and Napoleon Dynamite.

CeeLo Green said in an interview:

That is that electric industrial Euro soul, that's what I call it... if I can call it anything. It truly is shapeless and formless. My style and my approach is still water, and it runs so deep. So, with that project I got a chance to be a lil' zany, of course a continuation of eccentricity, abstract and vague, and all of those wonderful things that make art exactly what it is. And that's subject to interpretation. As far as the artiste himself, it does cater to and extend the legacy of Cee Lo Green, and showcase the diversity and range and intention of Cee Lo Green. It is a great project that I'm very, very proud of.[7]

St. Elsewhere (2006–2007)[edit]

Downtown/Atlantic in the United States and Warners Bros. Records in the United Kingdom signed the band after several songs, including 'Crazy', were played for them by Danger Mouse's management company Waxploitation.[8] 'Crazy' was released as their first single on April 3, 2006, preceded by its release as digital download and 12' vinyl record single in March 2006. It gained some of its popularity due to its use on primetime BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe's television advert, and it was also made Record of the Week by Ken Bruce of BBC Radio 2, Scott Mills and Jo Whiley of BBC Radio 1 as well as being made 'Weekend Anthem' by DJ Spoony and Sara Cox (also of Radio 1).

In an interview with journalist Stephen Mooallem about their single 'Crazy', Mooallem asked the duo, 'Is it true that Cee-Lo recorded the vocals for 'Crazy' in just one take?' to which Danger Mouse replied, 'Yeah. He had the words written on paper, and what you hear on the album was the first time he ever tried singing it. He went in and gave it a shot, really just to see what it would sound like. We just kept it because it sounded great.'[9] The song was, in addition, considered by the duo to be an 'independent joint venture,' paid for entirely 'out-of-pocket.' Catapulting the two into stardom, the single was primarily responsible for their success, as they 'didn't even have a formal deal in place' until the song hit No. 1.[10]

In the United Kingdom, 'Crazy' became the first ever single to top the UK Singles Chart purely on download sales as it was released online a week before it was released as a CD single.[11] It is also the first single to top the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks consecutively since 1994 when Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' was number one for fifteen weeks (the last song to spend exactly nine weeks on top was 'Two Tribes' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood in 1984). It has also equaled the Queen 1975 classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which also topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks. Gnarls Barkley announced that as the record had spent its ninth week at number one, it was to be deleted as a vinyl/CD listing from May 28, 2006, so people will 'remember the song fondly and not get sick of it'.[12]'Crazy' is also the longest number-one on the UK Official Download Chart with its stay lasting eleven consecutive weeks. In late 2009 the song was voted as the best song of the decade by Rolling Stone magazine.[13]

The group released their debut album, St. Elsewhere, on April 24, 2006, in the United Kingdom and on May 9, 2006, in their native United States. For their American television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, May 24, 2006, the band performed 'Crazy'.

They performed along with Christina Aguilera, AFI, and Wolfmother at the MTV Movie Awards 2006 on June 8, 2006.[14] They were dressed as characters from the film series Star Wars. Rebel Alliance pilots, Imperial officers, Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, Jango Fett, Obi-Wan, with Cee-Lo singing as an unmasked Darth Vader.

In October 2006, Gnarls Barkley recorded a live session for Live from Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios.

St. Elsewhere has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1,000,000 albums in the United States. A limited edition deluxe package of St. Elsewhere was released on November 7, 2006. The CD+DVD package includes a 92-page booklet, four music videos and bonus songs from live performance.[4]

St. Elsewhere was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 2007 including for Record of the Year, and Album of the Year, winning two of them for Best Alternate Music Album, and Best Urban/Alternate Performance for 'Crazy'.[15]

Gnarls Barkley at the Mini V festival in Melbourne, 2007

From January until March 2007, they toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers through the U.S.[16]

They did a collaborative short film in both the Spring of 2006 and 2007 with the international TV series Kung Faux which airs heavily on Channel V around the world, and they also toured Australia in March and April 2007 as part of the Channel V Festival.[citation needed]

The Odd Couple (2008)[edit]

In early March 2008, the duo's second album, The Odd Couple, was leaked over the internet prompting the duo to push the release date up from April 8. In an interview with Entertainment Magazine, Danger Mouse said that he 'knew it [the leak] was coming...every day, I expected to get a call saying it leaked, and eventually I got a call saying it leaked.'[17] On March 18, 2008, the album became available via download on the iTunes Store and Amazon MP3. Hard copies of the album were released on March 25.

Prior to its official release, Green spoke to the album's anti-formulaic qualities, noting bluntly that 'there's no formula to it,' and that to expect the same wild success of St. Elsewhere is to neglect the ever-present 'risk factor in any artistic endeavor.' He called it something of an 'act of faith' – a true, earnest attempt to create and disseminate a piece of art to those who would seek out its conception.[18]

They appeared as the musical guest on the April 12, 2008 episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live. They were supposed to be in a Digital Short parodying amateur music videos according to the scrolled text but only appeared in the singing performances of the live broadcast.

On November 11, 2008, they released an EP, Who's Gonna Save My Soul, featuring four versions of the song which originally appeared on The Odd Couple, along with a live version of 'Neighbors' and a previously unreleased song, 'Mystery Man.' A music video for 'Mystery Man' was directed by Walter Robot and premiered on Yahoo! Music.[19]

Third studio album (2010–present)[edit]

In 2010, Green announced Gnarls Barkley would start recording their third studio album after he finished work on the latestGoodie Mob album.[20] However, the Gnarls Barkley album did not materialize and the duo was dormant for several years. In 2013, Green stated they will be releasing a third album sometime in the future.[21] In late 2017, Cee Lo stated “We have already started on a new [Gnarls Barkley] album, we’re halfway in and we have some overtures from the other projects that may not have stood the test of time, we don’t know yet.” [22]


  • St. Elsewhere (2006)
  • The Odd Couple (2008)


BET Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2007'Crazy'Video of the YearNominated
Gnarls BarkleyBest New ArtistNominated
Best GroupWon
2008Gnarls BarkleyBest GroupNominated
Brit Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2007St. ElsewhereInternational AlbumNominated
Gnarls BarkleyInternational Breakthrough ActNominated
International GroupNominated
Grammy Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2007St. ElsewhereAlbum of the YearNominated
Best Alternative Music AlbumWon
'Crazy'Record of the YearNominated
Best Urban/Alternative PerformanceWon
2008'Gone Daddy Gone'Best Music VideoNominated
2009'Going On'Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalsNominated
'Who's Gonna Save My Soul'Best Music VideoNominated
The Odd CoupleBest Alternative Music AlbumNominated
MTV Europe Music Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2006Gnarls BarkleyFuture SoundWon
'Crazy'Best SongWon
Best VideoNominated
MTV Video Music Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2006'Crazy'Best Group VideoNominated
Best DirectionWon
Best EditingWon
2007'Smiley Face'Best EditingWon
2008'Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)'Best ChoreographyWon
Best Art DirectionWon
2009'Who's Gonna Save My Soul'Breakthrough VideoNominated
Best Visual EffectsNominated
Best Art DirectionNominated
MTVU Woodie Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2006Gnarls BarkleyLeft Field WoodieWon
'Crazy'Best Video Woodie - AnimatedNominated
2008'Who's Gonna Save My Soul'Best Video WoodieNominated
NAACP Image Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2007Gnarls BarkleyOutstanding Duo or GroupNominated
'Crazy'Outstanding SongNominated
Q Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2006'Crazy'Best TrackWon
'Smiley Face'Best VideoNominated

Whatever Happened To Cee Lo Green

Soul Train Music Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2007St. ElsewhereBest R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or DuoNominated
'Crazy'Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or DuoWon
Teen Choice Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2006Gnarls BarkleyChoice Music: Male Breakout ArtistNominated
'Crazy'Choice Music: Summer SongNominated
  • 2009 Rolling Stone 100 Best Songs of the Decade – No. 1 'Crazy'

See also[edit]


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  2. ^Hermes, Will (March 25, 2008). 'Gnarls Barkley, 'The Odd Couple''. Spin. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
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  9. ^'Off Campus Access'. web.b.ebscohost.com.mctproxy.mnpals.net. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
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  12. ^'Gnarls Go Out On Top'. The Daily Record. Retrieved May 28, 2006.
  13. ^'100 Best Songs of the Decade'. December 9, 2009.
  14. ^Carroll, Larry (May 8, 2006). '2007 Movie Awards Story Justin, Luda To Appear At Movie Awards – Show Story Headlines'. MTV. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  15. ^'GRAMMY Rewind: 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards'. The GRAMMYs. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
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  18. ^'Off Campus Access'. web.a.ebscohost.com.mctproxy.mnpals.net. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  19. ^Cohen, Jonathan (October 22, 2008). 'Gnarls Barkley Bares Its 'Soul' On New EP'. Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2008.
  20. ^'I'm a granddad at 35,' Gnarls Barkley star Cee Lo Green celebrates daughter's new baby'. December 3, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2015. Cee Lo, who is nominated for record and song of the year at the 2011 Grammys, told Handler he was planning to record a new album with his hip hop group Goodie Mob, and then start on a new record with Gnarls Barkley.
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  22. ^'CeeLo Green is 'Cookin Up' a 'Prequel' to Gnarls Barkley's Brand New Album (Exclusive)'. DJBooth.net.
  23. ^Todd Leopold CNN (February 12, 2007). 'CNN.com, February 11, 2007'. Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved December 19, 2012.

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