Adam Lambert arguably delivered the performance of the night at the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors, which aired last night (Dec. 26) on CBS.
The current Queen frontman brought Kennedy Center Honoree Cher to tears, with his extraordinary version of her Grammy-winning dance track “Believe.” Lambert put a slow, emotional spin on the up-tempo, chart-topping track, turning it into an emotional ballad. A camera pan to the audience found Cher wiping away tears during his performance. (Watch his performance and Cher’s reaction above).
Cher was one of five Kennedy Center Honorees this year. Wayne Shorter, Reba McEntire, Philip Glass and “Hamilton,” the musical, were also honored. Lambert also performed the iconic Sonny and Cher breakout hit, “I Got You Babe,” with ‘80s icon Cyndi Lauper. Cher was surprised to see Lauper hit the stage and called out to her from above in the balcony, “You said you were in Los Angeles!” to which Lauper replied, “I lied!”
The Kennedy Center Honors is an award given to members of the performing arts for their lifetime contributions to American Culture. Cher’s iconic career has spanned more than five decades. She has received scores of awards through the years for both acting and singing. She’s won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards.
In 2017, Cher was awarded the Billboard Icon Award. She’s the only artist in music history to have a chart-topping single on the Billboard charts across six consecutive decades. “Believe” dropped in 1998 and became the best-selling single of all time by a female artist in the UK. It also set a record in 1999 for spending 21 weeks in at the top of Billboard’s U.S. Hot Dance Singles Sales Chart.
The reigning Goddess of Pop shows no sign of slowing down. Earlier this year, she starred in “Mama Mia: Here We Go Again,” and performed an epic rendition of “Fernando” with Andy Garcia. She followed up her performance with an album of ABBA covers, Dancing Queen, which topped the US Top Albums Sales chart. She also announced her Here We Go Again Tour to support the album. Follow this link to find tickets to select Cher shows at AXS.