Cher to attend Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction after all

If she could turn back time, Cher might have changed her wording when she vowed to never to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even if they paid her. But it’s f—ing Cher, and she can do whatever she wants.

At the premiere of a documentary about her longtime friend and collaborator Bob Mackie, Cher confirmed to ET that she would indeed attend the Hall of Fame ceremony in October and that she would “have some words to say.”

Cher.

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During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show back in December, the Oscar-winner (and don’t you forget it) was discussing her legendary career when Clarkson noted that she’s the only solo artist in history to have a No. 1 single on a Billboard chart in seven consecutive decades.

Cher explained that another act, The Rolling Stones, pulled off the same feat, but it “took four of them to be one of me.” The 77-year-old went on to declare that she “changed music forever” with “Believe,” her massive 1998 comeback hit that popularized AutoTune and cemented her status as an enduing icon.

But despite all that, Cher — with no bitterness, just diva-ness — pointed out that she’s not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to which the audience collectively gasped and clutched a pair of communal pearls.

They shouldn’t be too surprised, though, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a long, raggedy track record with recognizing women. After all, Cher bestie and undisputed Queen of Rock and Roll Tina Turner wasn’t inducted as a solo act until 2021.

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“You know what? I wouldn’t be in it now if they gave me a million dollars. I’m not kidding you,” Cher told Clarkson, adding that she was “never gonna change” her mind. “They can just go you-know-what themselves.”

Well, someone must have ponied up a million and one dollars or hell has officially frozen over. No, the credit goes mostly to Cher’s “friend and most wonderful person ever,” David Geffen and Rock Hall chairman John Sykes. Though considering how rich Geffen is, one shouldn’t completely rule out a fat check. Either way, we get more Cher and that’s always a good thing.

This year’s inductees include  Mary J. Blige, Dave Matthews Band, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Kool & The Gang, Ozzy Osbourne, and A Tribe Called Quest.

“I’m gonna have some words to say,” Cher said of showing up to the Rock Hall ceremony. “I’m gonna accept it in my Cher [way] — as me.”

Hopefully those words are, “Shnap out of it!”

The 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction will air live on Saturday, October 19, on Disney+, with a special airing on ABC at a later date and available on Hulu the next day.