At the BET Awards in 2011 Cee lo Green paid a tribute to Patti LaBelle in a more personal manner. He decided to “become” Patti LaBelle on stage, dressing up like her and acting like her at the music ceremony that took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles, Digital Spy says.
The singer-songwriter-producer appeared on the stage dressed in lady’s, jacket, mostly black but with sparkling green, violet and blue lines. His impersonation of the diva didn’t stop to copying her outfits; he was also wearing a spiky black hair wig which he stopped to spray from time to time. You can actually see the can of spray in his hand in the photo. He kept it in his hand during the whole performance. Cee Lo Green has taken the stage singing LaBelle’s “Somebody Loves You”.
Patti LaBelle was the recipient of the BET Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s BET Awards, which was broadcasted live from the Shrine Auditorium. Other music artists played in honour of LaBelle as well. The list includes Beyonce, Gladys Kinght, Shirley Ceaser and Marsha Ambrosius. Shirley Ceaser sang “You Are My Friend” and Marsha Ambrosius sang “If Only I Knew”.
LaBelle herself performed the songs “Love, Need And Want You” and “Lady Marmalade”. During the show, she wanted to thank everybody and show that she is worthy of the award. “I would like to thank everybody for everything you’ve done for me” se said. “I plan to hold myself higher because I have gotten this wonderful award.”
Cee Lo Green, 37, is best known worldwide for his success hit in “Crazy”, released in 2006. The song has reached No. 1 in series of music charts. In 2010, after taking a break from recording with Gnarls Barkley, he released the album “The Lady Killer”. The single “Fuck You!” released in August 2010 has stopped at Nor.2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and got the top spot in the UK and the Netherlands charts.