Cher dusted off her old costumes and routines as she performed Believe & Turn Back Time at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday. Her performance was introduced by Gwen Stefani who called her a role model and said she taught women ‘how to be strong.’ Cher then went on to sing If I Could Turn Back Time as she wore a flashback black outfit from all her recent tours. And she delivered a quick speech as she picked up her Icon Award.
Although viewers may have expected the outspoken critic of Donald Trump to go after the president, she refrained from even mentioning him with producers fingers firmly held on the mute button in case of a tirade.
Instead, she delivered a speech that thanked her long time collaborators but failed to thank her own fans. She also thanked her mom and Sonny Bono for seeing something “special” in her.
“I’ve wanted to do what I do since I was four years old and I’ve been doing it for 53 years,” she said, noting she’d turned 71 the day before. “I want to thank my mom because when I was 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 when I met Sonny, he said the same thing. And there was really nothing about me that led anyone to believe that I was going to be special.”
“I think luck has had so much to do with my success,” she told the Billboard audience. “I think it was luck and a little bit of something thrown in.”
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