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Cher Slays & Wins the Billboard Icon Award

Chris Pizzello

Last night's Billboard Music Awards proved a momentous occasion: Drake broke the record for most decorated musician in the show's history in one night, with 13 wins. Vanessa Hudgens and Ludacris hosted the evening in an unexpected yet pleasant pairing. And Cher, the 71-year-old goddess who could easily out-pushup any of us, hit the stage to sing her hits, "Believe," and, "If I Could Turn Back Time," dressed in the legendary outfit she wore for the latter song's 1989 music video set aboard the USS Missouri.

The set was Cher's first awards show performance in 15 years. Take a look, below, or watch, here:

After concluding her performance, Cher was handed the Icon Award by fellow icon, Gwen Stefani.

“So, I’ve wanted to do what I do since I was 4 years old, and I’ve been doing it for 53 years,” she began. “That’s not an applause thing. I’m 71 yesterday. And I can do a 5-minute plank. Okay? Just saying.”

Cher continued, “I want to thank my mom. When I was really young my mom said, ‘You’re not going to be the smartest, you’re not going to be the prettiest. You’re not going to be the most talented. But you’re going to be special. And then when I met Sonny [Bono], he said the same thing. And there was really nothing about me that lead anyone [else] to believe that I was going to be special.”

She ended with a shoutout to the people working behind the scenes:

“I work with people you might not know, but they are like the greatest people in our industry. And I just have to say I think luck has so much to do with my success. I think it was mostly luck and a little bit of something thrown in.”

Watch her speech, below:

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