Adam Lambert was on hand at the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors to pay tribute to Cher, who along with Reba, composer and pianist Philip Glass and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, was being honored at a ceremony earlier in December.
Adam was chosen to perform Cher’s biggest pop-dance hit, “Believe,” which hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999. The former “American Idol” contestant chose to sing a slowed down version of the song, which brought tears to Cher’s eyes during the performance. She then led the standing ovation that followed as Adam sang his last note.
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Following the show, Cher Tweeted about Adam’s performance that moved her so. “Tried 2 write Feelings About Adam Lambert Singing Believe In Words, but Cant seem 2,” she wrote. “When Your senses are Overwhelmed All Can you feel with your [heart].”
Adam replied to her tweet saying, “It was a total honor
@Cher!!!! You’re a goddess!”
Tried 2 write Feelings About Adam Lambert Singing
Believe In Words,but Cant seem 2.When Your senses are Overwhelmed All Can you feel with your ❤️.
I Was Shocked AND Over The MOON When Cindi (Lauper) came out Rocking the house.
Shocked Because SHE TOLD ME SHE WAS IN LA,
— Cher (@cher) December 27, 2018
This wasn’t the first time Adam performed Cher’s “Believe.” He sang the song during Season 8 of his stint on “American Idol.”