[artist id="1043"]Will.i.am[/artist] made quite an impression on the music world when he performed with Nicki Minaj during the pre-show of the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and he's about to make waves among an entirely different audience soon. His new song "What I Am," which he performed for "Sesame Street," just premiered online, and the track will also be featured on the show's season premiere on September 27.
Flanked by an army of "Sesame Street" all-stars (including Big Bird, Elmo, Grover and Cookie Monster), Will croons an inspirational track about being yourself, setting goals and working hard to achieve those goals. The video segment was recorded back in November, and MTV News was there to catch up with Will (and Grover).
"The song is called 'What I Am,' and it's about making goals and working hard to achieve them," Will told MTV News. He was especially honored to be on the set of "Sesame Street" and working with some of the Muppets who gave him his early education.
"You have to understand: I was like 4 or 5 years old, and I always wanted to watch 'Sesame Street,' " he said. "Grover helped me learn about numbers and about the alphabet, and I used to know all the songs."
He had a fan in Grover, who insisted he liked the Black Eyed Peas, as well as "carrots, broccoli, all those vegetables." Grover later taught Will a few dance moves while the producer provided beatbox backup.
Will represents the first in a series of high-profile guest appearances on the 41st season of "Sesame Street," including Katy Perry, Usher, Jude Law, Ryan Reynolds, Kara DioGuardi, Reggie Bush and Zoe Saldana.
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