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Adam Lambert, Cyndi Lauper Wow Cher at Kennedy Center Honors

Cyndi Lauper and Adam Lambert

Lambert moved Cher to tears with "Believe," and then he and Lauper slayed with "I Got You Babe."

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Gay icon Cher was moved to both laughter and tears at the Kennedy Center Honors, thanks to fellow icon and ally Cyndi Lauper and out performer Adam Lambert.

Lambert delivered an emotional rendition of Cher's hit "Believe" at the ceremony, which took place December 2 and was broadcast on CBS Wednesday night. She can be seen wiping away tears, and another honoree, country music star Reba McEntire, was visibly moved as well.

Then Lambert and Lauper closed the show by performing "I Got You Babe," a chart-topper for Cher and her then-husband, Sonny Bono, in 1965.

Other honorees at the event were jazz musician Wayne Shorter, composer Philip Glass, and the creators of Hamilton. Watch "Believe" and "I Got You Babe" below.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.