Cee Lo Green Does a Better Elton John Than Elton John

Emily Abbate

cee lo green elton johnLast night's Grammy Awards had its share of phenomenal performances. From the Aretha Franklin tribute (complete with Christina Aguilera stumble) to Lady Gaga's hatching, there wasn't a dull moment. But alas, there's no doubt in my mind that Cee Lo Green, accompanied with Gwyneth Paltrow, stole the show with their colorful performance of "Forget You."

There's also no doubt in my mind that Cee Lo's performance did Elton John proud. Complete with an ensemble of muppets, the lady killer dawned an almost identical outfit to John's from his 1977 performance on The Muppet Show, adorned with feathers and gemstones to match.

Besides the decorative ensemble, I can think of just a few reasons why Green out-shined John on the Grammy stage ...

1. Location, location, location. Sure, The Muppet Show is a great way to reach a plethora of family audiences. But let's be real for a second? Last night's Grammy Awards had millions of viewers (last year's show had 25.8 million, to be exact) and was arguably Green's biggest gig yet.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow: There's actually no better way to get audiences to stay focused on your performance than add in a blond bombshell, no? After Paltrow performed Cee Lo's song on Glee last month -- there seemed like no better companion to rock out with. Well, besides all those Muppets.

3. Gwyneth Paltrow's cat suit: And the blond bombshell only looks better when dressed head-to-toe in black, body-accentuating material. Deserving its own mention on our list, the cat suit had a deep v-neck and looked killer with Paltrow's pumps. Whether or not she can really dance in them, well -- who cares? Now, more importantly, where can I get myself a look like that? And how many miles will I have to run until my calves look that good?

4. Better-looking Muppets: Cee Lo's Muppet artillery was filled with voluptuous backup singers, guitar-playing Hendrix wannabees, and straight-up groovy guest stars. Meanwhile, John had a few animal-esque additions to his performance. Who wants to serenade with alligators when you can shake it with Supreme-styled singers?

For those who missed it, take a look at both last night's Grammy performance and Elton John's "Crocodile Rock": 

What did you think of Cee Lo's Grammy performance?

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