Cee Lo Green says when a man is writing a hit song for a female act, he must be one of two things: in touch with his feminine side or a ladies' man. He says he's the latter.
At the How To Write A Song pre-Grammy event, Cee Lo talked about writing the Pussycat Dolls' debut song, Don't Cha, as well as his own hits like Forget You and Crazy.
"I don't take myself too seriously as a producer. I consider myself more of an idealist," said Cee Lo, who has also written for Jennifer Hudson and Brandy.
Cee Lo's Forget You is up for four awards at the Grammys, including record and song of the year. He co-wrote the tune with the Smeezingtons, the production trio that includes rising star Bruno Mars, who is up for seven awards.
Seal, whose Kiss From A Rose won Grammys for record and song of the year in 1996, was also on the songwriting panel. He told a story about how his biggest hit almost didn't make his album.
"It wasn't edgy ... and (I) took it off the album," he explained. He then said a publicist friend convinced him to put the song back on the CD.
Other attendees included songwriters Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry's California Gurls, Britney Spears' Hold It Against Me) and Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars' Grenade, Kelly Clarkson's My Life Would Suck Without You).
Claude also co-wrote Miley Cyrus' Party In The USA and Britney's Circus. He said writing for women isn't complicated at all.
"I have a weird way of imitating anybody ... I can go in the booth and I can sing anything from a male perspective or female perspective without any problems," he said.