Adam Lambert Brought Cher To Tears With Spectacular ‘Believe’ At Kennedy Center Honors

Adam Lambert sings in tribute to Cher at 2018 Kennedy Center Honors

Last night, CBS aired this year’s Kennedy Center Honors which recognizes those in the performing arts for a lifetime of achievement.

This year’s honorees included Cher, Reba McEntire, composer Philip Glass and jazz legend Wayne Short.

And, for the first time, the Kennedy Center honored a groundbreaking work of art: Hamilton. The blockbuster Broadway musicals creators – Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire – received special honors for their work.

Many spectacular performances were thrown down during the telecast, but it was the tribute to Oscar & Grammy winner, Cher, that left the audience wiped out.

Whoopi Goldberg, in a sequin dress perfect for the moment, took to the stage to offer spoken tribute to the goddess.

Little Big Town rocked a medley of “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “I Found Someone” and “Baby Don’t Go;” the indomitable Cyndi Lauper laid down her take on “(If I Could) Turn Back Time” as well as dueting with Adam Lambert for a show-closing “I Got You Babe.”

Cyndi Lauper (screen capture)

But Adam Lambert’s intimate-to-soaring performance of Cher’s iconic “Believe” was ‘the’ moment of the night.

Set in an orchestral soundscape, Lambert turned the 1998 dance hit into an stunning, emotional pop anthem with diva-worthy vocals building to the American Idol alum’s signature high notes.

Cher took to Twitter after the telecast to express her feelings about the tribute.

“Tried 2 write Feelings About Adam Lambert Singing Believe In Words, but Cant seem 2,” Cher shared on Twitter. “When Your senses are Overwhelmed All Can you feel with your [heart].”

“I Was Shocked AND Over The MOON When Cindi (Lauper) came out Rocking the house,” the diva continued. “Shocked Because SHE TOLD ME SHE WAS IN LA, & Over The Moon Because My Friend CINDI Is One Of Our ‘Great’ Singers. When Adam & Cindi Sang Together It=Heaven. ‘Little Big Town’ Were Adorable, & Harmonies. Amanda Was Genuine & Dear & When Whoopi Came Out In ”Cher Outfit” She brought Down House.”

Lambert tweeted back, “It was a total honor!!!! You’re a goddess!”

News Round-Up: December 26, 2018

Do not forget to watch the Kennedy Center Honors tonight on CBS at 8pm as Cher, Philip Glass, Reba McEntire, and Wayne Shorter receive the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors.  Hamilton co-creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Alex Lacamoire receive a special Honors for groundbreaking work.
The 2018 Kennedy Center Honors air tonight on CBS at 8pm

Some news items you might have missed:

• Do not forget to watch the Kennedy Center Honors tonight on CBS at 8pm as Cher, Philip Glass, Reba McEntire, and Wayne Shorter receive the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Hamilton co-creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Alex Lacamoire receive a special Honors for groundbreaking work.

• An unhinged Catholic priest claimed Satan designed the Pride flag.

• Legal pot was a popular Christmas gift in California this year as cannabis businesses reported up to 5x normal foot traffic in the days leading up to the holiday.

• House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi trolled Donald Trump and his infamous wall telling USA Today he’s now shifted from a concrete structure to “a beaded curtain or something.”

• The transgender teen who was bullied by an assistant principal in a bathroom speaks to the press about the hideous experience.

• A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll asked Democratic and Independent voters who would excited them the most in the 2020 presidential race.

“Someone entirely new” garnered 59%, followed closely by former Vice President Joe Biden (who is the exact opposite of that) at 53%.

News Round-Up: December 24, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• Here’s hoping Santa shows up looking half as hot as this ‘Santa Daddy.’ He sure isn’t your parents’ calendar Santa… 😉

• The Stonewall Inn announced that Madonna has been named a Stonewall Ambassador for the upcoming 50th anniversary Stonewall celebrations in June 2019.

• Don’t miss the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors set to air Wednesday at 8 p.m Eastern on CBS. Cyndi Lauper is scheduled to sing a tribute honoring Cher; Kelly Clarkson performs in honor of country superstar Reba McEntire; plus honors for Philip Glass, Wayne Shorter and the creators of Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire).

• A new poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden would beat Donald Trump by 6 points – 42% to 36% – in a hypothetical head-to-head run for the presidency in 2020.

The Advocate has compiled a list of the Top 10 Homophobes and Transphobes of 2018.

• The ‘Old Gays’ at Into were sat down and asked to identify several modern famous gays.

A few of the queer celebs the gentlemen nail immediately (Gus Kenworthy and Troye Sivan are clearly popular in the elder gay set), but others were met with big ole question marks (“These are people I’ve never heard of;” “I just don’t watch current television”).

Watch below. Pretty cute.

Kelly Clarkson Totally Fan-Girls Out Meeting Cher

Cher and Kelly Clarkson at the Kennedy Center Honors

For everyone (including me) who has ever fan-boy/fan-girled out over an artist you really, really, really admire…

Kelly Clarkson found herself on the red carpet of the Kennedy Center Honors last night at the same time as honoree, Cher.

While Clarkson was there to sing in honor of country superstar Reba McEntire, Clarkson was adorable in her fan-moment speaking to Extra’s AJ Calloway.

“I’ve never met her,” she tells Calloway.

Calloway, surprised, asks, “Never?”

Clarkson: “No, never. And don’t do anything either – it’ll make me so nervous I’ll want to cry…”

You have to watch. I laugh because I’ve done the exact same thing in my life 🙂

News Round-Up: November 14, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• You know what gets you over Hump Day? A dog. Or, more dogs. And InstaHunk Dan Tai (above).

• Rapper Yung Miami has said she would ‘beat’ her son if he came out as gay.

• Donald Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors for the second year because no one likes him.

• LGBT people made up 6% of voters in the midterm elections and 82% supported Democratic candidates.

• A gay Baltimore fitness trainer was murdered in his own apartment.

• Scotland will be the world’s first country to teach LGBTQ inclusivity and history in all public school nationwide

Chicago the Musical celebrates 22 years on Broadway today!

I was lucky to be part of the Broadway cast as one of the earliest replacements. The show would end up hiring me 14 times from 1998 to 2013 to get down in ‘all that jazz.’ Thank you, Ann Reinking.

This pic was from my last stage appearance in 2013 at the Hollywood Bowl in Chicago as I turned 50. #TheGiftThatKeepsGiving #BlackSexyClothes

Aretha Franklin’s Electrifying Performance Of “Natural Woman” At 2015 Kennedy Center Honors

Aretha Franklin sings “Natural Woman” at 2015 Kennedy Center Honors

Yes, everything you heard about Aretha Franklin’s performance of “Natural Woman” in a salute to Carole King at the Kennedy Center Honors last night is true.

Aretha’s electrifying performance brought the house down resulting in an instantaneous standing ovation. And for good reason.

Wait for the moment when she drops her fur coat like a boss. #Killer #AllHailTheQueen

2014 Kennedy Center Honorees announced

The Kennedy Center has announced its 2014 honorees which include out actress/comedienne Lily Tomlin:

“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.

“Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting’s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”

The induction takes place on December 7th. CBS will air the gala performance on December 30,

(via press release)

2013 Kennedy Center Honorees announced

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors will honor:

• opera singer Martina Arroyo
• pianist/band leader/composer Herbie Hancock
• pianist/singer/songwriter Billy Joel
• actress Shirley MacLaine
• musician/songwriter Carlos Santana

The annual event at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will air Sunday, Dec. 29, 9-11 PM ET/PT on CBS.

From today’s announcement:

“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. “Martina Arroyo has dazzled the world with her glorious soprano voice and continues to share her artistry with a new generation of opera singers; Herbie Hancock has established himself as one of the most innovative musicians in the world, constantly breaking musical barriers and redefining the art of jazz; Billy Joel’s melodies have provided the soundtrack of our lives for over four decades, making him one of pop music’s most prolific and memorable singers and songwriters; the remarkable breadth and range of Shirley MacLaine’s acting has left an indelible impression during a nearly 60-year career on stage and screen; from his legendary performance at Woodstock to his sweep at the 2000 Grammys and beyond, Carlos Santana’s artistry transcends genres while entertaining millions.”

The Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts – whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television – and are selected by the Center’s Board of Trustees.

(via Deadline)

Campaign to nominate Tony Award winner Carol Channing for the Kennedy Center Honors

A campaign has been launched to nominate Tony Award winner and Broadway legend Carol Channing for the Kennedy Center Honors.

People who know Carol well, like Broadway stars Lee Roy Reams and Marge Champion have joined the endeavor.

As many of you know, I spent several years working with Carol during the last revival of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. A few years ago I was honored to share a Broadway stage with her again at the “Gypsy of the Year” gala in 2010 and was invited to speak about my experiences with her in the documentary “Carol Channing: Larger Than Life.”

I love Carol so dearly; and her talent is so vast, special and glorious.  

You can personally recommend Carol for this well-deserved honor on the official Kennedy Center website by clicking here.

The Honors recipients are typically announced in early September, but the decisions on who to honor begin much, much earlier in the year. It’s never too early to recommend an artist for the honor.