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Adam Lambert Slayed Cher’s ‘Believe’ at the Kennedy Center Honors

Adam Lambert Slayed Cher’s ‘Believe’ at the Kennedy Center Honors

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the only person gayer than Adam Lambert is Cher — or maybe that the only person gayer than Cher is Adam Lambert. Either way, Adam Lambert covering Cher has enough gay energy to power a Tesla or charge a prostate massager.

Wednesday’s Kennedy Center Honors dedicated part of the evening to Cher, with performances of some of her most iconic songs. The dramatic interpretation of the night was Lambert’s take on Cher’s late 90s classic “Believe” (You know, the song that invented autotune.) which the American Idol finalist turned into a stirring ballad.

Also on hand to honor Cher was Cyndi Lauper, who bantered with the icon before launching into a rousing rendition of “If I Could Turn Back Time.”

Cher wasn’t the only legend honored by the Kennedy Center: country queen Reba McEntire was also celebrated at the ceremony with an earth-shattering rendition of sex worker anthem “Fancy” by Kelly Clarkson, who is married to McEntire’s stepson. Clarkson explained that she’s been a fan of McEntire since she was a little girl. “Sometimes when we meet our heroes, it doesn’t always pan out how you hope. But meeting Reba, being friends with her, and eventually becoming family has been one of the highlights of my life,” before thanking her for being a "really rad grandma" for her kids and while fighting tears. I guess Kelly Clarkson stans do deserve rights.

The Kennedy center also honored Hamilton with the original cast performing “The Schuyler Sisters” as Lin-Manuel Miranda benevolently looked on. He looked a little bored, but he's probably just thinking about all his Disney money.

All in all, a very gay night.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated that “Believe” was an early 2000s hit when it was actually released in 1998 and has now been corrected. Can y’all chill now?

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