Mamma Mia! Cher's 5 iconic moments
1. Cher is the only female artist in history to have had No. 1 singles in the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s in America
Cher's success is unrivalled. With a successful career spanning over 50 years, Cher (real name: Cherilyn Sarkisian) is the only female artist in history to have had No. 1 singles in the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s in America. The 72-year-old American singer and actress has also won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and is reputed as one of the few artists to have received those honours. Her current net worth is estimated to be $350 million.
2. She introduced auto-tune to pop culture
Cher's 1998 song 'Believe' was one of the earliest pop songs to feature auto-tune and pitch correction for vocal effect. While auto-tune is widely used in popular music today, it was originally used to correct off-key inaccuracies in vocal music records. However, Cher proposed to use it as an intentional creative effect instead. When her record label hesitated to follow her instructions, she said, "You can change that part of it, over my dead body." 'Believe' proceeded to achieved huge success and became the top song of 1999. It reached No.1 on the Hot 100, making the then 52-year-old Cher the oldest woman to achieve that feat — a record she still holds today.
3. Her fashion remains relevant
The '60s saw everyone going for the jet black hair, bell-bottoms and bare-midriff look as inspired by Cher's own long black silken hair and iconic fashion choices. Cher's Bob Mackie-designed feather and crystal-encrusted gown which she wore to the 1974 Met Gala remains one of the most recreated and classic looks some 40 years later. Kim Kardashian's 2015 Met Gala was completely inspired by Cher's jumpsuit. Many in-trend looks that we see now were also first introduced by Cher, like wire-rim glasses and underboob-baring tops.
4. Her doll surpassed Barbie's sales in 1976
Cher's route to fame started as half of the husband-and-wife duo Sonny & Cher. While the pair have since divorced, their decade-long career together sold 40 million records worldwide and landed them two top ten TV shows in the US, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Show. At the height of their popularity in the '70s, toy company, Mego released a doll of both Bono and Cher. Cher's doll with her salmon pink evening gown, blue eyebrows and signature black hair became the highest selling doll of 1976, surpassing the sales of Barbie.
5. She's an inspirational LGBTQ icon
From her unconditional support for her transgender son, Chaz Bono, to her Oscar-nominated performance in Silkwood as a lesbian, Cher has always championed the rights and freedom to love. Last year, she headlined for Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras after-party but showed up earlier in a surprise performance to a crowd of 300,000 people in Taylor Square.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! comes to Singapore theatres on 9 August.
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