Cher can add 2017 Billboard Icon Award recipient to her long list of accolades, as she is slated to receive the high honor at this year’s star-studded Billboard Music Award ceremony which airs live on May 21 on ABC. Per Billboard, the reigning Goddess of Pop will also hit the stage to perform her legendary Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping hit, “Believe.” It will notably mark her first award show performance in 15 years.
Cher arguably set the chart-smashing pace for many of her music peers as she remarkably snagged a No. 1 single in each decade for six decades, from the ‘1960s to the 2010 (and she’s the only artist to date to do so.) She’s released 25 studio albums and sold more than 20 million records worldwide across her prolific career.
From her early mid- ‘60s duo success opposite her late ex-husband Sonny Bono, which spawned their huge hit “I Got You Babe,” to her ‘80s rock heyday with hits like “I Found Someone” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” Cher’s incomparable music legacy has inspired artists for multiple generations.
The “Dark Lady” singer won a Best Dance Recording Grammy for “Believe” in 2000. She also won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and three Golden Globes for her successful foray into acting. She’s a multi-talented, consummate entertainer and dynamic music diva. She joins an elite list of past Billboard Icon Award recipients which includes Celine Dion (2016), Jennifer Lopez (2014), Prince (2013), Stevie Wonder (2012) and Neil Diamond (2011).
Cher’s artistry has evolved over the years and she is highly regarded as one of the biggest female music artists in history. She’s honored to receive Billboard’s esteemed recognition. "Seeing so many powerful artists -- especially female artists emerge and take their place in history through the years has been incredible,” she reportedly said in a statement. “I'm honored to be amongst the previous ICON Award winners and to celebrate this milestone achievement by performing 'Believe' on the show."
The 2017 Billboard Music Awards airs live on Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC. Stay tuned to AXS for Cher and BBMA updates.