Cee Lo Green Changes Lyrics To John Lennon’s “Imagine” On Carson’s New Year’s Eve Special

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It may be the middle of winter, but [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cee Lo Green[/lastfm] is certainly feeling the heat after switching up the lyrics to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm]’s iconic song, “Imagine.”

This all went down during NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly and luckily we were able to get the scoop straight from the host himself, Carson, this morning!

During the part where [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm] sings “and no religion too,” [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cee Lo[/lastfm] chose to sing “and all religion is true” instead.

Almost immediately, the Twitter backlash began.

The “Forget You” singer initially responded by tweeting:

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.

He later deleted that tweet and replaced it with a less controversial message.

Carson revealed today on the AMP Radio morning show that he didn’t even notice the change in lyrics when he was live in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

But he wasn’t surprised by the outcry because when you sing that song in New York City, you open up yourself to a lot of criticism.

That being said, Carson thinks it’s not really a big deal and believes the whole controversy will blow over soon.

Curious to see how it all played out? Watch [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cee Lo[/lastfm]’s much talked-about performance below…

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