Cyndi Lauper Turns Back Time For One Hell Of A “If I Could Turn Back Time” Tribute To Cher

Cyndi Lauper Turns Back Time For One Hell Of A “If I Could Turn Back Time” Tribute To Cher | I Love Classic Rock Videos

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Lauper Celebrates Cher At Kennedy Center Honors

At 72, Cher isn’t an entertainer.

She isn’t an icon, she isn’t a legend – she’s a force of nature capable of sweeping you up in her power and creativity and with every reinvention, every reincarnation of the last 54 years of her career as one of music’s reigning queens, Cher continues to find new and exciting ways to catch us in her undertow – and the tribute put on by her longtime friend Cyndi Lauper is absolute proof.

This month saw Cher honored at the Kennedy Center Honors, recognized alongside Reba McEntire, Wayne Shorter, Broadway hit Hamilton, and Philip Glass for her musical contributions to American culture over the past several decades.


The recipients of the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors pose for a group photo following a dinner hosted by United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in their honor at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 1, 2018. From left to right back row: Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Alex Lacamoire. Front row, left to right: Wayne Shorter, Cher, Reba McEntire, and Philip Glass The 2018 honorees are: singer and actress Cher; composer and pianist Philip Glass; Country music entertainer Reba McEntire; and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. This year, the co-creators of Hamilton,­ writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda; director Thomas Kail; choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler; and music director Alex Lacamoire will receive a unique Kennedy Center Honors as trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category.
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One of many performers to take the stage in Cher’s honor that night, 80’s icon Cyndi Lauper marked the occasion with one hell of a showstopping performance that found her hitting the stage with a cover of “If I Could Turn Back Time,” surprising Cher – who thought that Cyndi would be in Los Angeles that night (“I lied,” shrugged Lauper).

Decked out in a leather jacket, leather bicycle shorts and heeled knee high boots, Cyndi danced and twirled her way across the stage, the crowd completely unable to sit still and dancing in the aisles while Cher watched from her box above the stage.

About last night… Cher The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts #KCH

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However, while that alone was worth the watch, the moment that really brought Cher’s impact on the music world home was when the camera panned around the audience, showing several generations of musicians singing and dancing in the aisles and letting themselves get caught up in the fun and magic of the moment.

After 54 years,  Cher’s music is still a force to be reckoned with and we can’t think of another artist better suited to perform it in her honor than the legendary Cyndi Lauper – check out the performance everyone’s talking about in the video below!

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