Best Celebrity

Cee-Lo

Staff Pick

This time last year, CEE-LO was another B-level celebrity known as much for his role as the indulgent father on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and his songwriting (“Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls) as for his music. Then, he released St. Elsewhere, the album he’d spent more than a year working on with Danger Mouse. Collectively known as Gnarls Barkley, they produced the song of the summer, “Crazy,” which sounds like Sly and the Family Stone jettisoned into 2006. The song hit the top of the charts in the U.K. before it was even officially released. It did the same in the United States once it was released here. “Crazy,” with its haunting lyrics and Cee-Lo’s soaring voice on the chorus, finally launched him into major league stardom. Ain’t that crazy?

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