CBSN previews the Kennedy Center Honors with highlights from recent interviews with honorees Cher and the team behind “Hamilton.”
Cher, 72, is moved to TEARS when Adam Lambert sings her 1998 pop song Believe as a ballad at the Kennedy Center Honors
- Cher broke down in tears during the Kennedy Center Honors, which aired on TV on Wednesday.
The icon was moved when Adam Lambert sang a rendition of her tune Believe.
The Mermaids actress appeared to be very pleased with how he turned her pop song into a ballad.
Emotional moment: Adam Lambert, 36, performed Cher’s 1998 hit song Believe that left the honoree wiping away tears at the Kennedy Center Honors which aired Wednesday
The show was recorded earlier this month.
The single incorporates the work of six different songwriters, two producers and a executive producer.
Cyndi Lauper, 65, also covered Cher’s 1989 single If I Could Turn Back Time that earned a standing ovation from Cher and the audience.
A video tribute showed Cher starting as part of the singing duo Sonny & Cher with late ex-husband Sonny Bono and their variety show to her career as a solo Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-winning actress.
Little Big Town performed a medley of her hits including Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, I Found Someone and Baby Don’t Go.
Amanda Seyfried, 33, who played Cher’s granddaughter earlier this year in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again revealed that she ‘teared up’ when she first met her on set.
Seyfried said she ‘over-compensated’ and just introduced herself before she ‘literally ran away.’
Over compensated: The Mean Girls star said she ‘over compensated’ when she first met Cher
The Mean Girls star said that Cher later told her, ‘I didn’t think you wanted to hang out with me’.
‘Are you nuts? You’re Cher,’ Seyfried said as Cher looked on from her balcony seat.
President Donald Trump, 72, did not attend the national celebration of the arts that took place on December 2 and he also skipped the 2017 ceremony and canceled its White House reception.
Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson brought the house down as they performed a Hamilton song.
Miranda, 38, was an honoree at the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors held earlier this month at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC.
He reprised his role of Alexander Hamilton opposite Jackson, 43, as George Washington as they sang One Last Time together.
The performance from the 2015 Broadway hit earned a spirited standing ovation from the audience and plenty of praise on social media.
Former US President Barack Obama, 57, has a speaking part delivering Washington’s 1796 farewell address in a remix of One Last Time that was released last week by Hamilton.
Miranda was joined on stage after his performance by his fellow Hamilton co-creators Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire who also were honorees.
A video tribute to Hamilton showed Miranda performing the first song from The Hamilton Mixtape in May 2009 at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music and the Spoken Word in front of Barack and Michelle Obama, 54.
Poetry jam: Michelle Obama was shown watching Miranda perform in May 2009 at the White HouseMiranda went on to write Hamilton and it became a cultural phenomenon winning a Pulitzer Prize and 11 Tony Awards and he returned to the White House in 2017 to perform One Last Time in a farewell to Obama.
The Schuyler Sisters song from Hamilton also was performed with original cast members Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones commanding the stage.
The other honorees at the black-tie event held earlier this month were Cher, 72; Philip Glass, 81; Reba McEntire, 63, and Wayne Shorter, 85.
Sister act: The Schuyler Sisters song from Hamilton also was performed with original cast members Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones
Heart exploded: The performance of The Schuyler Sisters excited a Twitter user
Greatest ever: Another Twitter user said One Last Time was one of the greatest moments ever
Genuine joy: Several Twitter users commented on the obvious joy Miranda had performing
The Kennedy Center Honors since 1978 has honored five artists or groups for their lifetime contributions to American culture.
The Hamilton co-creators were recognized for being ‘trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category’.
The two-hour broadcast on CBS was hosted by 2017 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Gloria Estefan, 61, and featured video and on-stage tributes to the honorees.
High praise: One Last Time was hailed as ‘priceless’ and ‘so beautiful’
Getting emotional: Another Twitter user wasn’t ready for One Last Time
In tears: Tears were flowing for another Twitter user while watching the performance
Fan favorite: The Schuyler Sisters also received a ton of praise on social media
The Dancing With The Stars champion directly addressed the country music superstar.
‘I love you. I do. I love you, Reba,’ Bones said before recounting his first Reba concert at age 12 in Arkansas.
Dance champion: Bobby Bones paid tribute to McEntire to start the show
A video tribute showed young McEntire singing the National Anthem at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma.
Her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner helped land McEntire her first recording contract on the way to becoming a member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2011.
Kelly Clarkson, 36, also took to the stage and praised Reba for her singing and for being a friend and ‘rad grandma for my kids.
Paying tribute: Kelly Clarkson praised Reba for her singing and for being a friend and ‘rad grandma for my kids’
‘I hope you enjoy this song, don’t judge me,’ Clarkson said before performing Reba’s 1991 hit song Fancy.
Lady Antebellum also performed a tribute to McEntire and her co-star Melissa Peterman from the Reba sitcom recounted her TV, film and stage work.
Kristen Chenoweth and Brooks & Dunn also performed in tribute to McEntire.
No judging: The American Idol champion Reba’s 1991 hit song Fancy
Broadway star: Kristen Chenoweth also sang a tribute to McEntire who also starred on Broadway
‘Everything about Wayne is improvisation,’ Santana said.
Kennedy Center Board of Trustees chairman David M. Rubenstein, 69, called the event a memorial to late US President John F. Kennedy and hailed the eight honorees for their inspiration.
Glass was honored by Paul Simon and Jon Batiste, 32, played a piano solo from the honoree’s 1982 chamber music work Glassworks.
Whoopi Goldberg, 63, paid tribute to Cher as being one of only a handful of entertainers instantly recognized by one name.
‘She not only marches to the beat of her own drum, honey, she’s a one-woman band,’ Goldberg said.