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Adam Lambert has been making quite a name of himself after finishing the 8th season of American Idol as a runner-up. From performing with Queen to touring the world, Lambert has had a pretty successful year. And to top it off, he was able to perform Cher’s song, ‘Believe’ at the Kenedy Center Honors and Cher couldn’t contain herself during the performance. Take a look:

The Kennedy Center Honors have been around since 1978 when George Stevens Jr. (the founder of the American Film Institute) and Nick Vanoff (a dancer, producer, and philanthropist) produced the first gala to honor those in the performing arts for their lifetime contributions to American culture. The Kennedy Center honorees do not have to be American, but rather have contributed to American entertainment. Some past honorees include Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Al Pacino, and Shirley MacLaine.

The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors are proud to honor the following:

Cher

The singer and actress known for being the ‘Goddess of Pop’, has been in the American music industry for over 60 years. A Broadway show about her life has recently debuted in New York.

Philip Glass

The pianist and composer is noted to be one of the most influential musicians in the late 20th century.

Reba McEntire

Songwriter, singer and actress, Reba does it all. Most recently the country music singer performed “The Lord’s Prayer” at the Texas funeral of George H.W. Bush.

Wayne Shorter

The American jazz saxophonist and composer has won over ten Grammy Awards and performed with Miles Davis.

Hamilton Co-Creators 

Hamilton co-creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Alex Lacamoire also received special honors for their work with their American history musical.

You can watch the entire show on CBS All Access through your cable provider. You can also look back at some of the greatest highlights throughout the years on the Kennedy Center Honors website.

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Lyndsay Burginger is a food and lifestyle writer as well as the Managing Editor of Wide Open Eats. Lyndsay has worked for companies such as America's Test Kitchen and Disney, and holds degrees in Creative Writing and Culinary Arts. When she's not writing or cooking you can find Lyndsay traveling ...Read more
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