Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (born May 30, 1975),[1] better known by his stage name CeeLo Green (sometimes rendered as Cee Lo Green or Cee-Lo Green), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman.

Green came to initial prominence as a member of the southern hip hop group Goodie Mob and later as part of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley, with record producer Danger Mouse. Subsequently he embarked on a solo career, partially spurred by YouTube popularity.[2]

Internationally, Green is best known for his soul work: his most popular was Gnarls Barkley's 2006 worldwide hit "Crazy", which reached number 1 in various singles charts worldwide, including the UK. In the United States, "Crazy" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Its parent album St. Elsewhere (2006), was also a hit, peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and number 4 on the USBillboard 200 albums chart. Gnarls Barkley's second album, The Odd Couple (2008), charted at number 12 on the Billboard 200.

In 2010, Green took a hiatus from working with Danger Mouse, and released a solo single titled "Fuck You!", on August 19. The song became a successful single, with the radio-edit version "Forget You", reaching the top spot in the UK and the Netherlands and peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Its parent album, The Lady Killer (2010), saw similar success, peaking within the top five of the UK Albums Chart and debuting within the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, receiving a Gold certification from the BPI in the UK. His next two singles, "It's OK" and "Bright Lights Bigger City" were also hits in Europe. From 2011 to 2014, Green was a judge and coach on American reality television singing competition The Voice, appearing on four of its seasons.[a] In 2013, Green reunited with the rest of Goodie Mob, to release their fifth studio album Age Against the Machine.

He has ventured into work as a voice actor in the animated feature Hotel Transylvania (2012) and also made appearances in a few television programs and films, including his own show The Good Life on TBS. Green has endorsed 7 Up, Duracell, M&M’s and sakebrand TY KU. His work has earned numerous awards and accolades, including five Grammy Awards, a BET Award, a Billboard Award and a Brit Award.

==Early life==

Green was born in [[Atlanta]], [[Georgia (U.S. state)|Georgia]]. He graduated from high school at [[Riverside Military Academy]], a boarding school for boys in [[Gainesville, Georgia]]. Both of his parents were ordained ministers,<ref name=nytimes040608 /> and he started his music career in church. His father died when Green was two years old.<ref name=nytimes040608>{{cite news | url = | title = First Came Crazy, Now Comes Odd | first= Jeff | last= Chang | work = [[The New York Times]] | date=  April 6, 2008 | accessdate = October 21, 2013}}</ref> His mother, Sheila J. Tyler-Callaway, a firefighter,<ref name="2011May09">{{cite web | url =,cee-lo-turns-forget-you-into-thank-you_194.htm |title=Cee Lo Turns 'Forget You' Into 'Thank You' |date=May 9, 2011 | publisher = (official site) | quote=It's a very noble cause, and I connect with it very, very personally because my mother was a fireman as well — one of the first black female firemen in Atlanta, Georgia, so quite a historic accomplishment. |accessdate=May 9, 2011}}</ref><ref name="firefighters">{{cite news  |url=  |title=Cee Lo adapts 'Forget You' for ode to firefighters. Now this is a tribute!  |first=Sandra  |last=Gonzalez  |date=May 9, 2011 |work=[[Entertainment Weekly]] |accessdate=May 12, 2011}}</ref> was paralyzed in a car crash and died two years after the accident when Green was 18.<ref name=nytimes040608 />

At the time of his mother's death, Green's career with [[Goodie Mob]] had just begun taking off. He sank into a deep [[clinical depression|depression]], which he later wrote about in various songs throughout his career, including "Free" by Goodie Mob, "Just a Thought" on ''[[St. Elsewhere (album)|St. Elsewhere]]'', and "She Knows" and "A Little Better" on ''[[The Odd Couple (album)|The Odd Couple]]''.<ref name=nytimes040608/><ref>

[ "The Acid Nerd Gangsters"] (reprint of an interview originally published in ''[[Rolling Stone]]''), published August 9, 2006</ref> Green also wrote about his mother in the song "Guess Who" from Goodie Mob's album ''[[Soul Food (Goodie Mob album)|Soul Food]]''. In an excerpt of ''CeeLo Distilled'', a documentary produced by [[Absolut]] and [[The Fader]], Green explained that his mother's death was a defining moment that led him toward "crossing that threshold over into a career".<ref>[ Cee Lo Distilled Part 1], YouTube Mini Documentary released June 24, 2011.</ref>

==Music career==

===1991–1998: Early career with Goodie Mob===

Along with [[Big Gipp]], [[T-Mo]], and [[Khujo]], Green was an original member of the [[Atlanta]] hip hop group Goodie Mob. He is the youngest of the four.<ref name=ALLMUSIC>{{cite web|last=Birchmeier |first=Jason |url={{Allmusic|class=artist|id=p458353/biography|pure_url=yes}} |title=allmusic Biography | |date=May 30, 1974 |accessdate=August 23, 2010}}</ref> The Goodie Mob was a part of the Atlanta rap collective the [[Dungeon Family]], which also included [[Outkast]]. Goodie Mob appeared on two tracks on OutKast's 1994 debut album ''[[Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik]]'', with Green providing vocals for "Call of da Wild" and "[[Git Up, Git Out]]".

Goodie Mob released their debut album, ''[[Soul Food (Goodie Mob album)|Soul Food]]'', in 1995. The album received much critical praise as a pioneering record for the emerging [[Southern rap]] scene. It featured a distinctive soulful southern sound by production team [[Organized Noize]].

During this time, he also contributed backing vocals to [[TLC (group)|TLC]]'s hit 1995 song "[[Waterfalls (TLC song)|Waterfalls]]".<ref>{{cite news|author=Jeff Benjamin |url= |title=TLC Reflect on No. 1 Hit "Waterfalls," Detail Cee Lo's Involvement - Exclusive Interview | |date=October 22, 2013 |accessdate=July 19, 2014}}</ref>

The group's second album, ''[[Still Standing (Goodie Mob album)|Still Standing]]'', came out in 1998 and also received much critical praise. Its commercial performance was slightly lower than the group's previous effort, however. Green took more creative control on the group's next album, ''[[World Party (album)|World Party]]'', which was released in 1999.<ref>{{cite web|last=Bush |first=John |url= |title=World Party – Allmusic | |date=December 21, 1999 |accessdate=November 12, 2011}}</ref>

===1999–2003: Move to Arista===

In around 1999, during the making of the album ''World Party'', Green left the group to pursue a solo career under [[Arista Records|Arista]] and the remaining members continued to perform together under the Goodie Mob name with [[Koch Records]]. They did however collaborate in combinations in the [[Dungeon Family]] album ''[[Even in Darkness]]''.

The song "Hold On" from [[Big Boi]] of [[OutKast]]'s ''[[Got Purp? Vol. 2]]'' album was the first newly recorded Goodie Mob song with all four members since ''World Party''. ([[Khujo]] later revealed to fans at an album signing{{Or|date=January 2012}} for his new album "Mercury", that the song "Hold On" was originally recorded in 1995 before ''[[Soul Food (Goodie Mob album)|Soul Food]]'' was released.)

Green was one of ten guest musicians who contributed to the 1999 [[Santana (band)|Santana]] album ''[[Supernatural (Santana album)|Supernatural]]''. [[Lauryn Hill]] wrote "Do You Like The Way," and she and Green both provided lead vocals.

Green's Arista career was short-lived, as he was dropped after two albums due to low record sales. His first album, ''[[Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections]]'' (2002), was heavily in the vein of various other Dungeon Family releases, with southern soul/funk/jazz backings produced by Green and boasting appearances by fellow Dungeon Fam members [[Big Gipp]] and [[Dungeon Family#Backbone|Backbone]]. The album did not sell very well, but Green achieved some airplay with the single "Closet Freak".

===2004–2008: Second solo album and formation of Gnarls Barkley===

[[File:Gnarls Barkley.jpg|thumb|right|Green (front) with Danger Mouse (back)]]

His second Arista album, ''[[Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine]]'' (2004) brought a more branched-out sound and more deeply explored southern rap music. This is evidenced by collaborations with "the biggest hip-hop musicians of all time", including [[Ludacris]], [[T.I.]], and [[Pharrell Williams]].{{Sfn|Watson|2013|p=43}} The album debuted and peaked at number 2 on the ''Billboard'' Top R&B/Hip Hop Album chart.{{Sfn|Watson|2013|p=44}} It received critical acclaim and was described as "one of the most ambitious albums to come out of any genre in recent times."{{Sfn|Watson|2013|p=45}}

Along with DJ [[Danger Mouse (music producer)|Danger Mouse]], Green was part of a duo called [[Gnarls Barkley]]. Green first met Danger Mouse at a [[University of Georgia]] event. They later collaborated on the [[remix]] of the Danger Mouse and [[Jemini]] song "What U Sittin' On?" from the album ''[[Ghetto Pop Life]]'',<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Sample the Future|last=Goetz|first=Thomas|date=November 2004|publisher=Wired}}</ref> before working together again on the 2005 [[Danger Doom]] album ''[[The Mouse and The Mask]]'' on the song "Benzie Box" where Green delivers the chorus.<ref name="Whitburn2007">{{cite book|author=Joel Whitburn|title=The Billboard Albums: Includes Every Album That Made the Billboard 200 Chart|date=April 15, 2007|publisher=Record Research Incorporated|isbn=978-0-89820-166-6|page=264}}</ref>

Gnarls Barkley's first collaborative album, ''[[St. Elsewhere (album)|St. Elsewhere]]'', was released on April 24, 2006, in the UK and May 2, 2006, in the United States. ''St. Elsewhere'' entered the charts at No.1 in the UK, as did the first single "[[Crazy (Gnarls Barkley song)|Crazy]]". "Crazy" is the first single to reach number one in the UK based on [[music download|digital download]] sales alone and is ranked by Rolling Stone as the greatest song of the decade, ergo making it Green's most successful project to date.<ref name="ALLMUSIC" /> A second album by Gnarls Barkley, titled ''[[The Odd Couple (album)|The Odd Couple]]'', was released in March 2008. Its first single was released in January called "[[Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)]]".<ref name="ALLMUSIC" />

Seeing the success achieved by Gnarls Barkley, [[Arista Records|Arista]] and Legacy released a 17-track [[greatest hits]] collection of songs by Green, titled ''[[Closet Freak: The Best of Cee-Lo Green the Soul Machine]]''. It features predominantly solo tracks by Green and several Goodie Mob songs.<ref name="LLC2007">{{cite book|author=SPIN Media LLC|title=SPIN|date=February 2007|publisher=SPIN Media LLC|pages=83–|issn=0886-3032}}</ref> His "What Part of Forever" was included in ''[[The Twilight Saga: Eclipse]]'' [[The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (soundtrack)|soundtrack]].<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|publisher=Apple iTunes|accessdate=June 24, 2014}}</ref> In 2008, he re-did "Kung Fu fighting" for the animated film ''[[Kung Fu Panda]]''.{{Sfn|Cook|2012|p=37}}

===2009–2011: ''The Lady Killer'' and tours===

On August 14, 2010, Green released the single "[[Fuck You (Cee Lo Green song)|Fuck You!]]" to [[YouTube]] ahead of his planned solo album release, due to its partial leak on April 13. "Fuck You!" was an instant viral smash hit,<ref name="New York Times August 2010" /> registering over two million plays in less than a week. Two weeks later on September 1, CeeLo released to YouTube an official music video of the song.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Cee Lo's Viral Hit: Blunt and Sweet}}</ref> "Fuck You" made a debut at No.1 on the UK charts, notably beating out "[[Shame (Robbie Williams song)|Shame]]" from the recently reunited [[Robbie Williams]] and [[Gary Barlow]]. On December 1, 2010, CeeLo received five [[Grammy Award|Grammy]] nominations for "Fuck You!", which has been certified [[gold single|Gold]] in the United States<ref name="Cee-Lo RIAA">{{cite web|title=RIAA Gold & Platinum – Cee Lo|url=|publisher=[[Recording Industry Association of America]]|accessdate=January 28, 2011}}</ref> and Denmark.<ref>{{cite web|title=Hitlisten.NU – 12.11.2010|url=|publisher=Hitlisten.NU|accessdate=January 28, 2011}}</ref> The single achieved [[platinum single|platinum]] status in Canada,<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum – December 2010|publisher=[[Canadian Recording Industry Association]]|accessdate=January 7, 2010}}</ref> New Zealand,<ref>{{cite web|title=Latest Gold / Platinum Singles|url=|publisher=RadioScope – Media Sauce Ltd|accessdate=January 28, 2011}}</ref> and the UK;<ref name="BPI Search">{{cite web|title=Certified Awards Search|url=|publisher=[[British Phonographic Industry]]|accessdate=January 28, 2011}}</ref> and multi-platinum status in Australia.<ref name="2010 ARIA accreditations">{{cite web|title=ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Singles|url=|publisher=[[Australian Recording Industry Association]]|accessdate=January 28, 2011}}</ref>

In October 2010, Green released his first [[mixtape]], ''Stray Bullets''.<ref name="Inc.2010">{{cite book|author=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|title=Billboard|date=October 2, 2010|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|page=3|issn=0006-2510}}</ref> In an interview with [[Exclaim!]], he said his 2010 album ''[[The Lady Killer (album)|The Lady Killer]]'' "is a more clear, concise, consistent, conceptual, entire album [than his previous]. It's a complete thought, because it's written to be like a score. The album's meant to be a motion picture, you know? I've never taken that approach to doing an album before."<ref name= Interview>{{cite web|title=Cee Lo Green|work=[[Exclaim!]]|url=}}</ref> The album was certified [[gold album|Gold]] in the UK on December 6, 2010.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=British Phonographic Industry search results|publisher=[[British Phonographic Industry]]|accessdate=December 6, 2010}}</ref>

Green toured during 2010 and 2011 with an [[all-female band|all-female]] [[backing band]] named "[[Scarlet Fever (band)|Scarlet Fever]]" (made up of [[Sharon Aguilar]], [[Brittany Brooks]], [[Theresa Flaminio]], and [[Regina Zernay Roberts]]), performing for

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Green also performed "Forget You", a sanitized version of his hit "Fuck You", with [[Gwyneth Paltrow]] and several puppets provided by [[The Jim Henson Company]] at the [[53rd Annual Grammy Awards]] on February 13, 2011. His performance was in part an homage to [[Elton John]], who wore a very similar costume in a Muppet show performance in 1977.<ref>

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Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Green would join [[Rihanna]] and [[J. Cole]] on the North American leg of [[Rihanna]] [[Loud Tour]] in the summer of 2011.<ref>{{cite web |url=|title=Cee-Lo added to Rihanna's 'Loud' tour |date=February 18, 2011 |work=[[MSN|MSN News]] |publisher=[[Microsoft|Microsoft Corporation]] |accessdate=March 13, 2011}}</ref> However, he later dropped out of the tour citing that his busy work schedule, which included his commitment to judging ''[[The Voice (TV series)|The Voice]]'', writing a new book and recording a new album, as the reason for his withdrawal.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Cee-Lo Green Drops Out of Rihanna's LOUD Tour | |date=June 25, 2011 |accessdate=November 12, 2011}}</ref>

On August 14, 2011, Green performed at [[SummerSlam (2011)|WWE SummerSlam]] performing [[Fuck You (Cee Lo Green song)|"Forget You"]] and the [[Theme music|event's theme]], [[Bright Lights Bigger City|"Bright Lights, Bigger City"]]. He also performed at the 2011 [[Billboard Music Awards]] performance.<ref>{{cite news|title=Cee Lo's Flying Piano Explained|url=|accessdate=April 2, 2013|newspaper=The Hollywood Reporter|first=Shirley|last=Halperin|date=May 22, 2011}}</ref>

CeeLo re-released his album ''[[The Lady Killer (album)|The Lady Killer]]'' as a Platinum Edition on November 28, 2011.<ref>{{cite web|author=Cee Lo Green - The LadyKiller &nbsp;-&nbsp;CD |url= |title=Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer (Platinum Edition) CD | |date= |accessdate=November 12, 2011}}</ref> The repackaged album contained the original 16 tracks (including remixed versions of ''Bright Lights Bigger City'' (feat. Wiz Khalifa) and ''I Want You (Hold On To Love)'' plus one extra track, written by [[Ross Golan]], ''Anyway''. The new track, ''Anyway'', served as the album's sixth overall single and first Platinum Edition single.

Green recorded and wrote "Language of Love", for the ''[[Sex and the City 2]]'' soundtrack. It was rumoured in mid-2010 that Green was working with [[Alien Ant Farm]] on a track slated for appearance on an upcoming album by the latter.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Cee Lo Guest On Oakenfold Album |work=Billboard |accessdate=August 23, 2010}}</ref> This was confirmed the following year.<ref>{{cite news|newspaper=Revolver|url=|title=Alien Ant Farm Announce First New Album with Original Lineup Since 2003|date=October 4, 2011|last=Geist|first=Brandon}}</ref>

===2012–present: Upcoming works and autobiography===

In March 2012, Green performed at a fundraiser for President [[Barack Obama]], who attended.<ref>{{cite news|url= |title=Carla Caldwell, "Obama in Atl. Friday; Tyler Perry to host, Cee Lo to perform", March 16, 2012 | |date=March 16, 2012 |accessdate=December 19, 2012}}</ref> He began singing "[[Fuck You (Cee Lo Green song)|Fuck You]]" with the original lyrics, but then switched to the non-profane lyrics.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title="Cee Lo Green Sings ‘F*** You’ at Obama Fundraiser", '&#39;ABC News'&#39;, March 16, 2012 | |date=March 16, 2012 |accessdate=December 19, 2012}}</ref> Green released the song "I Love Football" in September 2012, set to the tune of "[[Blitzkrieg Bop]]" by [[Ramones]].<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Cee Lo Green Wants In On The Football Anthem Action - News - American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest | |date=August 17, 2012 |accessdate=October 31, 2012}}</ref> It was chosen by the [[National Football League]] as the theme song of ''[[Thursday Night Football]]'' 2013.<ref>{{cite news|newspaper=[[Rolling Stone]]|url=|title=Cee Lo Green to Record Song for NFL|date=August 16, 2012}}</ref>

On February 5, 2013, Green released the song "[[Only You (Cee Lo Green song)|Only You]]", featuring Lauriana Mae, a contestant on ''[[P. Diddy's Starmaker]]''. It is set to be on Green's upcoming fourth album,<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Cee Lo Green Professes Love to Lauriana Mae in 'Only You' Song Premiere - Music News - Rolling Stone | |date=January 29, 2013 |accessdate=January 30, 2013}}</ref> tentatively titled ''Girl Power''.<ref>{{cite news|url= |newspaper=[[Billboard (magazine)|Billboard]] |title=CeeLo Green Talks Las Vegas Residency, 'Girl Power' Solo Album |last=Lipshutz |date=March 15, 2013 |first=Jason }}</ref> In the same month, Green kicked off his "CeeLo Green Presents Loberace" tour (or simply "Loberace").<ref>{{cite news|newspaper=[[Las Vegas Review-Journal]] |url= |title=CeeLo Green unveiling 'Loberace' |date=February 22, 2013 |last=Weatherford |first=Mike |accessdate=February 23, 2013 }}</ref> Supposed to be unveiled at the [[Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino]] on February 21, 2013, the event was rescheduled to a later date due to a fatal shooting along the [[Las Vegas Strip]] where the resort is situated.<ref>{{cite news|newspaper=[[Las Vegas Sun]] |title=Cee Lo postpones Vegas arrival amid Strip closure |date=February 21, 2013 |accessdate=February 23, 2013 }}</ref> A few months later, on September 10, Green's autobiography ''Everybody's Brother'' was released.<ref>{{cite web|last=Wild|first=David|url=|title=|date=September 10, 2013}}</ref>

From June to August 2014, Green toured alongside [[Lionel Richie]] for his North American "[[All the Hits All Night Long Tour|All the Hits All Night Long]]" gig.<ref>{{cite web|publisher=Warner|title=Cee Lo Green|accessdate=June 24, 2014|url=}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|newspaper=[[USA Today]]|url=|title=On the Road Again: Lionel Richie, plus hits on steroids|date=May 29, 2014|last=Mansfield|first=Brian}}</ref> Green's new band the "Board Memberz" is led by musical director Printz Board and consists of: Timothy "Izo" Orindgreff, Lucy Graves, Jazelle Rodriguez, Ashley Dzerigan, Patty A. Miller, and Sojung "Liso" Lee.

==Acting career==

Green, along with the rest of the Goodie Mob, had a cameo in the 1999 film ''[[Mystery Men]]'' as a member of the Not So Goodie Mob, in which he was credited as "Thomas Burton aka Cee lo". He also has done voice acting work, voicing Prime Cut Miggity-Mo' Macdaddy Gizzabang Doggy Dog Dog on the ''[[The Brak Show|Brak Show]]'' episode "Brakstreet" in 2002, Frank and Buddy Z ''[[Class of 3000]]'''s Christmas special and as Godzilla in the ''[[Robot Chicken]]'' episode "Squaw Bury Shortcake" in 2007, and Rev. Rollo Goodlove in the ''[[The Boondocks (TV series)|Boondocks]]'' episodes "The S-Word" and "The Hunger Strike" in 2008. In 2010, he appeared in [[T-Pain]]'s ''[[Freaknik: The Musical]]'' as Light Skin.

On January 15, 2011, Green both acted and performed on [[NBC]]'s ''[[Saturday Night Live]]'' hosted by [[Gwyneth Paltrow]], who, in November 2010, covered his song "[[Fuck You (Cee Lo Green song)|Forget You]]" on [[The Substitute (Glee)|an episode]] of ''[[Glee (TV series)|Glee]]''.<ref name="SNL recap,">{{cite web|title='Saturday Night Live' recap: Gwyneth Paltrow was country weak and comedy strong|url=|work=Entertainment Weekly|accessdate=January 26, 2011|author=Ken Tucker|date=January 16, 2011}}</ref>

Green was one of the coaches for contestants on seasons one through three on the singing TV show ''[[The Voice (U.S.)|The Voice]]''.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine Named Coaches of ‘The Voice' | |date= |accessdate=November 12, 2011}}</ref> He retired as a coach on the fifth season.<ref>{{cite news|title=Usher, Shakira To Join NBC's 'Voice' in Spring|url=|work=Associated Press|accessdate=September 17, 2012}}</ref>

October 11, 2011, Green also made a guest-star appearance in the NBC show, ''[[Parenthood (2010 TV series)|Parenthood]]'' -  season 3 episode 6, "Tales From the Luncheonette".<ref>{{cite web|last=Dos Santos|first=Kristin|title=Find Out Which Voice Coach Is Coming to Parenthood!|url=|publisher=''E! Online''|accessdate=September 5, 2011|date=August 29, 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|last=Tucker|first=Ken|title='Parenthood' review: Cee Lo Green stole the spotlight from baby Nora|url=|work=Entertainment Weekly|accessdate=October 22, 2011|date=October 18, 2011}}</ref>

On August 14, 2011, Green appeared at [[SummerSlam (2011)|WWE SummerSlam]] and performed both "'[[Bright Lights Bigger City]]", the official theme song for the event, and his hit "'[[Fuck You (Cee Lo Green song)|Forget You]]". On September 25, 2011, Green appeared as himself in a live-action/voice appearance and as the voice of a hot tub in the ''[[American Dad!]]'' episode "[[Hot Water (American Dad!)|Hot Water]]".<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Fox Primetime |publisher=Fox Flash |date= |accessdate=November 12, 2011}}</ref>

The following year, on February 5, Green appeared in the Super Bowl halftime show with [[Madonna (entertainer)|Madonna]]. On March 31, 2012, Green appeared in the [[2012 Kids' Choice Awards]]. On August 8 of that year, he played J.C. Carpenter in the [[TV Land]] sitcom ''The Soul Man'', in the episode "J.C. Carpenter's Gospel Show".<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=The Soul Man |publisher= TV Land |date= |accessdate=August 12, 2012}}</ref> Ten days later, he guest starred in the Nickelodeon show ''[[How to Rock]]'' in the episode "How to Rock Cee Lo". He also lent his voice that year to the animated feature ''[[Hotel Transylvania]]'' as Murray the Mummy.

On September 6, 2012, NBC said Green would star in and serve as executive producer of a family comedy on the network.<ref>{{cite web | url =|title=Cee Lo Green Set For NBC Family Comedy|publisher=Deadline|date=September 6, 2012|accessdate=September 7, 2012}}</ref>

On February 28, 2013, he appeared as himself in the sitcom ''[[Anger Management (TV series)|Anger Management]]'', in the episode "Charlie & Cee Lo". The same year, he appeared in the film ''[[Begin Again (film)|Begin Again]]''.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Begin Again (2013)|author=phd_travel|date=July 11, 2014|work=IMDb}}</ref>

Green performed at the Singapore Social Star Awards from May 23, 2013, to May 24, 2013.<ref>{{cite news|newspaper=TODAY |url= |title=Aerosmith, PSY headline social media awards and concerts in Singapore |date=April 23, 2013 |first=June |last=Yang }}</ref>

On June 23, 2014, Green premiered his new reality-based docu-comedy television series ''[[CeeLo Green's The Good Life]]'' on [[TBS (TV channel)|TBS]], in which he appears with the other members of [[Goodie Mob]]. On September 6, 2014, TBS announced that they were canceling the show in the wake of Green's controversial comments on the nature of [[rape]].<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Cee-Lo Green Has Concerts, TV Show Cancelled In The Wake Of Rape Comments|author=Patrick Lyons|work=HotNewHipHop}}</ref>

==Other ventures==

Managed by Primary Wave Entertainment, Green has endorsed various brands, including [[7 Up]], [[M&M's]] and [[Duracell]].<ref name="NYT 2011">{{cite news|url=|title=Cee Lo Green Strikes Gold, Without a Gold Album|newspaper=[[New York Times]]|date=December 26, 2011}}</ref> Green owns part of the sake brand [[TY KU]] and the company has collaborated with him on a few business ventures,<ref>{{cite news|url=|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|title=Cee Lo, the 'Green' Behind Ty Ku|date=April 18, 2013}}</ref> including a commercial promoting the brand, dubbed the "first national sake commercial" in the United States.<ref>{{cite web|url=|publisher=Ad Week|title=Cee Lo Green Sips on Sake Singer-songwriter and entertainer stars in the first national sake commercial|first=John|last=Tejada|date=April 8, 2013}}</ref> In 2011, it was estimated by a ''[[New York Times]]'' reporter that Green earned some [[United States dollar|US$]]20 million dollars, predominantly from the endorsement deals, in that year alone.<ref name="NYT 2011"/>

==Personal life==

CeeLo Green has described himself as having been a "goon" in his youth, as well as a "[[kleptomania]]c, [[pyromania]]c, just plain maniac".<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Cee-Lo Green: Has Something To Tell You!!|date=November 15, 2010| via |location=United States|accessdate=March 25, 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|last=Parvizi |first=Lauren |url= |title=Cee Lo Green developed 'thick skin' from tough teen years | |date= |accessdate=November 12, 2011}}</ref>

Green was married to Christina Johnson, and divorced in 2005. He and Johnson have a son, Kingston, who was born in 2000, and Green was stepfather to her daughters, Sierra and Kalah. Sierra appeared on the [[MTV]] show ''[[My Super Sweet 16]]'' for her 16th birthday party.<ref name=dailynews090813>{{cite news | title = Cee Lo Green, who returns to 'The Voice' in two weeks, is out with a new memoir | url = | first= Sherryl <!--as spelled, with two Rs--> | last=Connelly | work = [[Daily News (New York)|Daily News]] | location = [[New York City|New York]] | date= September 8, 2013 | accessdate= October 21, 2013}}</ref>

On October 30, 2012, Green was accused of [[sexual battery]] by a woman with whom he had dined at a Los Angeles restaurant,<ref>{{cite news | url= | title=Cee Lo Accused of Sexual Battery Singer Calls BS | work=TMZ | date=October 30, 2012 | accessdate=October 31, 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Cee Lo Accuser Claims He Sexually Assaulted Her in Sushi Joint|publisher=TMZ|date=November 1, 2012|accessdate=November 2, 2012}}</ref> leading to a nearly year-long investigation by the [[Los Angeles Police Department]].<ref name=lax102113>{{cite news | url =,0,4362992.story#axzz2iOj3LyRx | title = Cee Lo Green pleads not guilty to putting Molly in woman's drink | first= Richard | last = Winton | work =[[Los Angeles Times]] | date=October 21, 2013 | accessdate= October 21, 2013}}</ref> On October 21, 2013, Green pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of furnishing a controlled substance after the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office declined to file a charge of rape of an intoxicated person, citing insufficient evidence.<ref name=lada>{{cite press release| url = | title = Singer CeeLo Green Charged | publisher = Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office | date= October 21, 2013 | accessdate= October 21, 2013 | archivedate= October 21, 2013 | archiveurl = | deadurl = no | quote = Green, 38 (dob 5-30-75)....}}</ref>


At the April 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Green had his set cut off while performing, and then stormed off stage.<ref>{{cite web|title=Cee Lo Green Coachella Performance Cut Short, Leaves Stage|author=LALATE|date=April 17, 2011|url=}}</ref> CeeLo had arrived 25 minutes late, performed five songs, including "Fuck You" and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy". His set was scheduled to end at 5:40 p.m. At 5:44, as he was apologizing for being late due to air travel delays, the audio from his microphone was cut off.<ref>{{cite news|title=04:08 PM ET Coachella Day 1: Cee Lo gets unplugged – and not by choice|url=|accessdate=April 2, 2013|newspaper=CNN|date=April 16, 2011}}</ref> He then stormed off stage amid boos.<ref>{{cite news|title=Cee Lo Green's set cut short at Coachella|author=Alison Maxwell, USA TODAY|date=April 17, 2011|url=|work=USA Today}}</ref>

On June 16, 2011, journalist Andrea Swensson of ''[[City Pages]]'' negatively reviewed one of Green's performances, writing that it "failed to measure up to the fun factor of his recorded material. Green spent most of the set stationed in front of a microphone at the center of the stage, barely moving an inch while he sang and flanked by two forgettable back-up singers and a DJ that was all but hidden behind a giant LCD display".<ref>{{cite web|last=Swensson |first=Andrea |url= |title=Rihanna and Cee Lo Green at the Target Center, 6/16/11 - Minneapolis Music - Gimme Noise | |date=June 17, 2011 |accessdate=November 12, 2011}}</ref> In response, the following day Green tweeted "I respect your criticism but be fair! People enjoyed last night! I'm guessing ur [[gay]]? And my masculinity offended u? well fuck U!"<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Pictures of 20 funniest music feuds of 2011 - Photos |publisher=Nme.Com |date=July 28, 2011 |accessdate=November 12, 2011}}</ref> Green promptly received angered responses from some of his followers on Twitter, to which he replied "Apologies gay community! what was homophobic about that?"<ref>{{cite web|author=LGBTQ Nation |url= |title=Cee Lo Green’s homophobic tweet: ‘I shouldn’t have to apologize’ – LGBTQ Nation | |date=June 19, 2011 |accessdate=November 12, 2011}}</ref> In a subsequent interview with magazine ''[[Us Weekly]]'', Green stated that his comments were meant in good fun, adding that "I am not harboring any sort of negative feeling toward the gay community" and that "I am one of the most liberal artists that I think you will ever meet, and I pride myself on that."<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=The Voice's Cee Lo Green Addresses "Homophobic" Tweet Controversy | |date=June 18, 2011 |accessdate=November 12, 2011}}</ref>

On December 31, 2011, Green sang [[John Lennon]]'s "[[Imagine (John Lennon song)|Imagine]]" just prior to the [[Times Square Ball|ball drop]] for [[New Year's Eve]] at [[New York City]]'s [[Times Square]]. In his rendition, Green replaced the line "and no religion, too" with the words "and all religion's true".<ref name=eonline>Sung at 11:57 p.m. as per video at {{cite web|url=|title=Imagine All the Scandal: Cee Lo Tweets, Then Deletes, Apology After Changing John Lennon Lyrics|date= January 3, 2012 |first=Gina|last=Serpe|publisher=[[E!|E! Online]]|accessdate=January 3, 2012}}</ref> Many saw this as a substantial revision of the meaning behind Lennon's original lyrics.<ref name=eonline /> Shortly after the performance, Green responded via Twitter: "Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world where u could believe what u wanted that's all" [sic]<ref>{{cite web|title=That’s Not How the Song Goes, Cee Lo…|author=Hemant Mehta|url=}}</ref> Green deleted a series of tweets pertaining to this event shortly thereafter.<ref>{{cite news|title=Cee Lo Green Changes 'Imagine' Lyrics To 'All Religions' From John Lennon's 'No Religion'|author=Huffington Post|url= | date=January 1, 2012}}</ref>

On September 10, 2013 Green's appearance on [[Sirius Satellite Radio|Sirius Radio]]'s ''[[Opie and Anthony|The Opie and Anthony Show]]'' was cancelled due to the singer's failure to arrive on time. Green was told on arrival that he should leave the studio or he would be escorted from the building.

On August 31, 2014 Green was criticised for tweets relating to his sexual battery court case. Two of his specific tweets regarding rape were "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” and “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent”. After sending a number of tweets on the topic of rape, he temporarily deleted his [[Twitter]] account. He re-activated it a number of hours later, tweeting the following apology: "I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe."<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Cee-Lo Green: It isn't rape if the victim is unconscious| |date=September 2, 2014}}</ref>


{{Main|CeeLo Green discography}}

{{see also|Goodie Mob discography|Gnarls Barkley discography}}



; Studio albums

* ''[[Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections]]'' (2002)

* ''[[Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine]]'' (2004)

* ''[[The Lady Killer (album)|The Lady Killer]]'' (2010)

* ''[[Cee Lo's Magic Moment]]'' (2012)

* ''TV on the Radio'' (2015)

* ''Girl Power'' (TBA)

; Mixtapes

* ''Stray Bullets'' (2010)


==Awards and nominations==

{{See also|List of awards and nominations received by CeeLo Green}}