If ever there was a woman who embodies what it means to truly have it all, that woman would be Cher. Throughout her incredible career, the rock n’ roll icon has won honors across the entertainment industry including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award and a Fashion Award from the CFDA.
Incredibly determined and independent from a young age, Cher moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16 where she worked to support herself while taking acting classes. She worked hard to make connections with anyone and everyone in the industry and eventually met Sonny Bono in 1962. They were married after some time and ultimately became the duo Sonny & Cher. The pair’s music career breakthrough began in England and expanded to the U.S. with many young fans copying their signature style of bell bottoms and vests.
The couple experienced some issues both in their relationship and in their career before rising to success on television with The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. The pair eventually split and Cher’s solo career began to take off. Despite her brief and successful stint in disco music, Cher returned to her rock roots in 1979 with her album Prisoner. At the age of 52, her solo Believe made her the oldest female artist in the rock era to have a number one song in the U.S.
Cher’s repeated successful reinventions of herself lead New York Times to name her the ultimate “Queen of Comeback.” No other artist to date has number one singles spanning 6 decades, in Cher’s case 1960 to 2010. She refused to accept the conventional role of women in music when she began her career and skyrocketed to become epitome of female success in a male-dominated industry. Her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour earned $250 million and became one of the highest grossing concert tours at the time.
Surrounded by famous personas that are often carefully cultivated, Cher’s authenticity and realness is refreshing. She’s never been afraid to be anything other than who she is and her fans love her for it. Whether it was getting tattoos in a time when they weren’t mainstream or her long time public support for the LGBT community, Cher has always been her own person.
A talent beyond compare across disciplines, her greatest achievement is a lasting legacy in the world of rock n’ roll. It’s high time the rock diva be recognized for her contributions to the genre and her influence on the music world. She deserves the honor of a place in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.