NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Bruno willed it into being.
Just over a year after wowing the country with their lip sync rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” the Norfolk Police Department took the top spot in an hour-long tribute to first responders’ viral fun last summer.
The CBS special “Lip Sync to the Rescue” on Monday night was hosted by comedian Cedric the Entertainer and featured country artist Luke Bryan.
Viewers were asked to vote for their favorite lip sync during the program, which showcased law enforcement and fire departments from across the country.
Norfolk was seen as a major favorite going into the show, and ended up beating out another heavyweight in the Seattle Police Department to take the title.
And they got a little late help just before showtime, with a shoutout from Bruno himself.
In addition to bragging rights and national fame, Norfolk also won $100,000.
“I can tell you right now it took every bit of me to keep myself up cause I was so excited, and when [Cedric the Entertainer] mentioned the Norfolk Police Department, we went wild, it was so cool,” said William Pickering with the department.”
“Again the community pushed us, we did it, and then they supported and backed us they voted last night, and it’s not just local communities, not just Norfolk or Virginia, it was nationwide,” added Joann Hughes.
The winnings have a nice home waiting in the Norfolk Police Foundation.
“That is going to be used to help further our police services and improve police services in the city, and it is gong to help further our 25 plus community outreach engagement programs here that we’ve adopted with Chief Boone,” Pickering said.
So what about the future? Are we going to see the dance moves again anytime soon?
Ultimately they’re OK with being a one hit wonder. They say the longterm prize is how it’s affected their relationship with the community.
“It’s brought international and national recognition to the great work, the men and women on this police department are doing through those community outreach initiatives,” said Daniel Hudson.
“So that’s what creates that conversation and that’s what we want and what we desire to get to know our community members on a personal level,” Pickering said.