Cee Lo 'Pleasantly Surprised' By Gwyneth Paltrow's Version Of 'Forget You'

1:43 AM PST 12/02/2010 by Shirley Halperin

Gwyneth Paltrow's spot-on rendition of "Forget You" on Glee made a fan out of Cee Lo Green, who just garnered four Grammy nominations for the track, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. "I had no idea she was a vocalist in the least bit, she did a great job," he said following the Grammy Awards nominations concert, which was held at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night. "I was pleasantly surprised... and  impressed." 

In giving some context to the song also known as "F--- You," Cee Lo said a big push to was not what he and his label Atlantic had intended. "It wasn't meant to be a radio song initially," he said. "It was meant to be something with flare and a first impression and it really took a life of its own. I had no idea it would become what it is today."

The song's soulful flavor falls in line with an overall trend this year, set by the likes of Bruno Mars and the passing of Michael Jackson. Cee Lo says the throwback sound is vital to "counterbalance what today's industry has become -- all product... We need more true-to-heart, true-to-life music -- soul, integrity, sincerity, these things are necessary."
 
To that end, he might be pleased to hear that Paltrow's next foray into music is of the life-on-the-rocks kind: she plays a down on her luck country singer in the forthcoming movie Country Strong (out December 22).   
 

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