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Cher receives Kennedy Center Honor – Adam Lambert, Cyndi Lauper and Little Big Town sing some of her many hits

Looking forward to seeing this year’s telecast of The Kennedy Center Honors for one reason: Cher.

It usually airs on CBS the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Until then we have press reports of what went down over the weekend in regards to Cher’s much-deserved tribute.

When Whoopi Goldberg took the stage to honor Cher in a black sequin robe and deadpanned, “I went into your closet.”

“She is the true original,” Goldberg said. “She not only marched to the beat of her own drum – honey, she is a one-woman band!”

When Cyndi Lauper stepped on stage to perform a show-stopping “If I Could Turn Back Time” and Cher screamed from the balcony, “I thought you said you were going to be in Los Angeles.” Lauper shouted back, “I lied.” Lauper then dueted with Adam Lambert on show closer, Sonny & Cher’s classic “I Got You, Babe.” Lambert also put his stamp on “Believe,” and got a standing ovation from Cher upon sustaining a high note.

Cher, whose life story-inspired Broadway musical The Cher Show opens today, seemed genuinely tickled to add this national honor to her treasure trove. “Meryl [Streep] told me once, ‘You do things for the art and if the award comes, it’s a bonus,’” she told Billboard before the show. ]

Still, the Academy Award winner never expected to be in this particular room. “I never thought I was the right person to win this award, because I’m just a little bit out there. I’m the girl who rode the cannon.”

Little Big Town opened Cher’s segment with a medley of “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” “I Found Someone,” and “Baby Don’t Go,” the latter a long time favorite of the band. “It was re-released as a duet by Sheryl Crow and Dwight Yoakam,” said the band’s Phillip Sweet. “We would sing that as a band and jam out to it, so it’s cool we get to do that tonight.”

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  1. It’s the year of Cher!

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