Cher to be honored, perform at 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Cher attends the Los Angeles premiere of "The Promise" on April 12. The singer will receive the Icon Award and sing her hit song "Believe" at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

May 4 (UPI) — Music superstar Cher will be honored and perform at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

The 70-year-old singer will receive the Icon Award and sing her hit song “Believe” at the annual awards show May 21, dick clark productions and ABC announced in a press release Thursday.

“I’m honored to receive the 2017 Billboard Music Awards Icon Award and take the stage to celebrate my love of music with my fans,” Cher said in a statement.

“Seeing so many powerful artists — especially female artists emerge and take their place in history through the years has been incredible. I’m honored to be amongst the previous Icon Award winners and to celebrate this milestone achievement by performing ‘Believe’ on the show,” she added.

The Billboard Music Awards will mark Cher’s first awards show performance in more than 15 years. The ceremony will broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on ABC.

“Cher’s incredible talent has inspired both audiences and other artists for more than six decades,” dick clark productions CEO Allen Shapiro said. “Her impact on the industry has been monumental and unlike any other. We are honored to celebrate her exceptional career.”

Cher is a Grammy-, Academy Award- and Emmy-winning singer and actress who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide during her solo career. “Believe,” which hails from her 1998 album of the same name, spent 31 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“OH …Am Getting Billboard Icon Award,” the singer, who last released the album “Closer to the Truth” in 2013, tweeted to her 3.3 million followers.


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