Why did Cee Lo Green wear feathers and chainmail to the Grammys?

Cee Lo Green rocked the house on Grammy night performing his edited-for-television song “Forget You” while wearing a chainmail getup and a rainbow of feathers. To add to the surreal charm, his back-up singers were puppets. (Gwyneth Paltrow also joined him on-stage to reprise her Glee performance)

It was a fun show if you didn’t know any better, but it makes it even cooler to learn that Cee Lo and his stylist Shawn Barton were paying a homage to iconic The Muppet Show appearance by Elton John in 1978.

Here’s Elton in all his feathery glory on The Muppet Show singin’ “Crocodile Rock” in a crocodile infested swamp:

And, Cee Lo, at the 2011 Grammy Awards: