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Cee Lo Green: 'I'm inspired by Kiss and Alice Cooper'

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Cee Lo Green performs at the BET Awards

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Cee Lo Green has said that he finds inspiration from artists of previous eras.

In an interview with Parade, the singer and judge of NBC's talent competition The Voice revealed that his fashion and musical tastes are influenced by those who came before him.

"I'm inspired by the likes of Kiss and Alice Cooper and Sly Stone and Elton John - people who have great showmanship. I just like to shake things up and breathe some fresh air back into music," Green said regarding his notoriously outlandish wardrobe choices.

"I'm inspired by so many others before me who were pioneers and opened up the door for these opportunities that I have. I'm a fan more than anything else. I'm inspired by what's been done and I'd also like to inspire someone else."

Asked if any current artists have moved him, Green explained: "I'm a fan of Drake's. I'm watching. I like more things than I love, and I notice more things than I like. I have a career that spans 18 years, so sometimes when I see someone just starting out, I'm just a little bit skeptical.

"I like to see their attitudes be more appreciative and I want them to aspire towards long-term careers. I want that for other artists. So I wait before I become a fan or emotionally involved."

Green was recently cast as Wu Tang Clan member Raekwon's father in an upcoming biopic of the rap group.

Watch the official video to 'Bright Lights Bigger City' by Cee Lo Green below:

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