One of the highlights of the Kennedy Center Honors 2018 airing on CBS on December 26 was Adam Lambert's moving tribute to Cher. The "American Idol" Alum and the current Queen Frontman provided a slowed-down version of Cher's 1998 song "Believe", which caused the 72-year-old singer and actress to wipe tears from her eyes and the word "Wow" ( Mouth) to wipe the performance above).
When "Believe" was originally released, it was a big dance hit for Cher and also marked the first time that "Auto-Tune" or "Pitch Correction" was used for a hit song. "Believe" reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed four weeks in 1
Lambert had previously performed the song during his first run in Season 8 of "American Idol." After the broadcast, Cher tweeted how much she moved from Lambert and wrote that her "senses [were] were overwhelmed." Lambert responded that it was "an absolute honor" to appear at the ceremony. "You are a goddess," he wrote.
Cher tweeted admiration for Cyndi Lauper, who not only rocked the house with her version of the 1989 hit "If I could turn back time," but also joins Lambert for a duet of Sonny & Cher's classic "I Got You Babe. "Little Big Town raved through" Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves "in 1971. The salute to Cher was finally saved and began with an introduction by buddy Whoopi Goldberg.
The Oscar-winning actress was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors, along with singer Reba McEntire, composer Philip Glass, jazz musician Wayne Shorter, and the cast of "Hamilton." President Donald Trump declined to attend the event for the second year in a row, or host the traditional Pre-Gala Reception for winners at the White House. The decision, which was broken with the long-standing tradition, was met with no apparent contradiction, as the presence of Trump would have overshadowed the event, if it were not directly affected. Attendees included US Representative Nancy Pelosi and Supreme Court Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.
With coverage by Paul Harris