Rapper Cee-Lo Was “Surprised” By His Grammy Nods

Thomas DeCarlo Callaway - better known as rapper, singer and producer Cee-Lo Green - said he wasn't expecting the the slew of Grammy nods (including song, record, and best short form music video of the year) he received for his latest single, "F*uck You." 

Another shocking statistiic? Before the full video, the bare-bones viral version nabbed up to one million views less than a week after its release in August. 

"No, not exactly," Green told Niteside when asked about the Grammy nods. "I was pleasantly surprised by the YouTube success."

And don't look for any underlying drama in this popular tune, either. Cee Lo - who took the stage at Fontainebleau's LIV for its Dirty Hairy Party Wednesday night - said his latest hit, also referred to as "Forget You," has no specific hidden meaning into his own life. 

"It's just art imitating life in general," he added.

Recently dropping his latest album, The Lady Killer, the southern rapper has been in the game for nearly 20 years, originally forming Atlanta hip-hop group Goodie Mob before crafting mega-hits like "Crazy" with Gnarls Barkley.

And as far as how he has managed to stay a fixture in the scene all this time, Cee-Lo merely waxed poetic.

"Fate rewards faith," he said. "I just want to live when I'm alive."

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