Cher has been a chart-topping music artist for 7 decades, yet she still isn’t a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After the continuous snubs, she’s not even interested in accepting the honor.
While visiting The Kelly Clarkson Show on Dec. 15, the Believe singer slammed the organization for overlooking her contributions to the industry. Since releasing her first single as a solo artist in 1965, she has produced 14 no. 1 U.S. Billboard hits and countless more across the globe. Furthermore, she hasn’t closed a decade without accomplishing that feat. When Clarkson pointed out that accomplishment, Cher noted that only one other band has done the same, The Rolling Stones.
“It took four of them to be one of me,” she said.
It was that revelation that pushed Cher into mentioning her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubs.
“And I’m not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” she said.
“Wait, are you serious?” Clarkson gasped.
“I’m not kidding you,” Cher continued. “I was about to say something else. I was about to say sh—ing you! You know what, I wouldn’t be in it now if they gave me a million dollars.”
Cher Will ‘Never’ Accept a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Invitation
Due to the oversight, Cher doesn’t want to be associated with the organization. She declared that she’s “never going to change [her] mind.”
“They can just go you-know-what themselves,” she added. “Can I just say one other thing? I changed music forever with Believe.”
Some may say that Cher misses the mark with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by being a pop singer. However, the organization does not strictly recognize rock groups and singers. In fact, the 2023 class included country star Willie Nelson, rapper and R&B singer Missy Elliot, and pop crooner George Michael.
Musicians are eligible for induction 25 years after releasing their first commercial song. So Cher has technically been in the running since 1990.
Every year, over 1,000 historians, artists, and music professionals vote on who makes the cut. According to the chairman of the Rock Hall, John Sykes, “each [inductee has] a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock ‘n’ roll.”
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