Cee Lo Dresses as Patti LaBelle for Tribute, Lloyd Upset
Cee Lo Green‘s exuberant awards show outfits are becoming legendary and at Sunday night’s (June 26) BET Awards he took it to a whole new level.
Performing a tribute to Patti LaBelle, who was the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Green appeared in a colorful sequin jacket and spiky black wig, which he wore in an effort to mimic the singer’s famous ’80s hairdo, as he belted out her hit ‘Somebody Loves You.’
While the crowd responded positively to his attempt at dressing up just like LaBelle, he also slipped up, addressing the audience as “motherf—ers,” before the censors had time to block the expletive, which aired live on the East Coast, but was removed for the West Coast feed.
Singer Marsha Ambrosious and gospel star Shirley Ceaser also lent their pipes to the tribute before LaBelle herself took the stage to perform a few of her hits including ‘Lady Marmalade.’
While the singer seemed genuinely moved and grateful for the acknowledgement of her contribution to the music world, there was one person that was none too happy about being shut out of honoring LaBelle: R&B crooner Lloyd.
The Atlanta native tapped the soul singer for the remix of his song ‘Lay It Down,’ which is a sample of LaBelle’s ‘Love, Need and Want You.’ Following the show, the 25-year-old publicly blasted BET for not including him in the performance. “I’m just very passionate,” Lloyd told the Boombox of his reaction to the snub. “I’m just passionate about my music and my art, and I’m passionate about being recognized for that, being the only young person of my generation to work with the likes of Patti LaBelle. Blame me if you want but I’m just passionate.”
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