Singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, actor and professional lady-killer, CeeLo has spent his career pushing hip-hop and soul's creative envelope. Lately, he's been busier than ever. His worldwide mega-hit "Forget You" captured five Grammy award nominations; he appeared on both "Saturday Night Live" and "Oprah" (remixing her theme song), and he began hosting his own show on FUSE TV.
CeeLo Green serves as a coach on "The Voice," NBC's hit reality vocal competition series that searches for the nation's best voice. p>
Green is a singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, actor, professional lady-killer and one of the busiest men of 2011. He received five 2011 Grammy Award nominations for his worldwide hit "Forget You" (aka "F—k You"), winning the category for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. The single is certified gold in the United States and Denmark, achieved platinum status in Canada, New Zealand and the U.K., and multi-platinum status in Australia. p>
He made his famous debut appearance on "Saturday Night Live" with Gwyneth Paltrow in January 2011 before their over-the-top performance at the Grammys in February, followed by his performance at the Brit Awards the next night, where he won an award for the Best International Male category. In April, Green made his first appearance on "Oprah" remixing her famous talk show theme song, followed by his performance at the Billboard Music Awards in May, the BET Awards in June and Lollapalooza in August. p>
In addition to "The Voice," Green's FUSE TV talk show "Talking to Strangers" premiered in June 2011 and featured celebrity guests Keri Hilson, Estelle, Lupe Fiasco, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and TV on the Radio. In September 2011, Green did a guest voice spot on the Fox animated series "American Dad" and also guest starred in NBC's hit show "Parenthood" in October. Additionally, Green will appear in the upcoming film "Sparkle," which is still in production. He is currently the face for the new 7UP campaign and performed at the 2011 Victoria's Secret Runway Show and will be featured in the new Las Vegas Tourism campaign starting in 2012. p>
Green first came onto the music scene as a member of the hip-hop group Goodie Mob along with Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo. They released their debut album "Soul Food" in 1995, taking them to the top of the emerging Southern rap scene. Goodie Mob released two more albums, "Still Standing" (1998) and "World Party" (1999), and is currently back in the studio working on a new album. After Green's success with Goodie Mob, he successfully reinvented himself and formed Gnarls Barkley with deejay producer Danger Mouse and released the 2006 worldwide hit "Crazy," which reached No. 1 in various singles charts worldwide. In the U.S., "Crazy" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following Gnarls Barkley, Green put his time back into a true solo career and released the 2010 album "The Lady Killer," which featured his hit single "Forget You." Green is also presently in the studio working on a new solo "covers" album of his favorite classic songs (release date TBA). p>
On a personal note, Green grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Both of his parents were ordained ministers, and he started his music career in church. His father died when he was just two years old and his mother, Sheila J. Tyler-Callaway, a volunteer firefighter, was involved in a fatal car crash and died when he was 18. As a result, Green got involved this year with Duracell's "Power of Those Who Protect Us" program, which benefits the National Volunteer Fire Council, a non-profit group representing the interests of volunteer fire, EMS and rescue services. Green is also passionate about helping sick children in hospitals around the Atlanta area and is working on developing a "green-house" in Atlanta, where children can visit to escape the hospital and enjoy life. p>