In a recent appearance on the Kelly Clarkson Show, iconic American actress and singer Cher didn’t mince words when she addressed her exclusion from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite a career spanning seven decades with numerous No. 1 hits.
During the interview, Cher humorously highlighted her impressive track record of Billboard chart-toppers across the years, including her most recent holiday single, “DJ Play a Christmas Song,” which soared to No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart.
While Clarkson praised Cher for being the only solo artist with top-charting songs in seven consecutive decades, the pop diva corrected her, acknowledging that the Rolling Stones had achieved a similar feat as a band. However, Cher emphasized that she’s the lone individual artist to accomplish this remarkable milestone.
Despite being eligible for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction since 1991, Cher has never received a nomination. Expressing frustration, she stated that even if offered a million dollars now, she would decline induction, declaring, “They can you-know-what themselves.”
Cher’s impact on the music industry is undeniable, with her groundbreaking 1998 hit “Believe” acknowledged as a game-changer that popularized autotune in music. Despite her influential contributions, the singer remains absent from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame roster.
While other legendary figures, such as Dolly Parton, have received nominations and graciously accepted induction, Cher’s name has been notably absent. The 2023 inductees included Willie Nelson, Missy Elliot, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, George Michael, The Spinners, and Rage Against the Machine, leaving Cher’s omission a point of rightful exasperation for the acclaimed artist.
Cher’s career, spanning from her 1965 hit “I Got You Babe” to her recent chart-topping songs, underscores her enduring impact on the music industry. As she continues to captivate audiences, her frustration over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snub remains a notable and discussed aspect of her remarkable legacy.