Cher‘s Believe is her bestselling single of her six-decades-long career. The dance hit was ubiquitous 20 years ago. American Idol alum and Queen guest star Adam Lambert performed the song as a ballad at the Kennedy Center Honors, which aired Wednesday night.
Cher has won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award, a CFDA Fashion Award, and now she deservedly has a Kennedy Center Honor. She has sold 100 million records worldwide to date, becoming one of the bestselling music artists in history. She is the only artist to have a Number One single on Billboard charts in six consecutive decades, from the 1960s to the 2010s. She is outspoken in her political views, philanthropic and social activism, especially LGBTQ Rights and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Lambert sang Believe as a tribute to Cher at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, celebrating the lifetime achievements of composer Philip Glass, country music star Reba McEntire and jazz icon Wayne Shorter, a new award to the co-creators of Hamilton, calling them trailblazing creators of a transformative work.
Cher was moved to tears by Lambert’s soulful performance and leapt to her feet for a standing ovation.
Later, Lambert joined Cyndi Lauper on stage singing I’ve Got You, Babe, written by Sonny Bono and Cher.
Later, Cher tweeted
Tried 2 write Feelings About Adam Lambert Singing
Believe In Words,but Cant seem 2.When Your senses are Overwhelmed All Can you feel with your ❤️.
I Was Shocked AND Over The MOON When Cindi (Lauper) came out Rocking the house.
Shocked Because SHE TOLD ME SHE WAS IN LA,
— Cher (@cher) December 27, 2018