The Queen frontman's emotional performance also wins over Twitter.
During the Washington, D.C., ceremony, which was held on Dec. 2 but was televised on Wednesday, the "American Idol" alum hit the stage and put a beautiful spin on Cher's 1998 hit record. As Lambert sang the famous tune as a soulful ballad, the audience, like Cher, was so emotionally invested there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Cher began to tear up when the current Queen frontman reached the bridge (around 2:57). However, Lambert really blew Cher and the audience away when he busted out a mind-blowing high note at 3:18.
Cindi Lauper also made a surprise appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors to pay tribute to Cher. Lauper sang "If I Could Turn Back Time," before she and Lambert teamed up to sing Sonny and Cher's hit "I Got You Babe."
Get those tissues ready and watch the clips below.
The pop icon, who was just one of the Kennedy Center's honorees, took to Twitter to gush about Lambert's incredible performance.
"Tried 2 write Feelings About Adam Lambert Singing," Cher wrote. "Believe In Words,but Cant seem 2.When Your senses are Overwhelmed All Can you feel with your ❤️."
"It was a total honor Cher!!!!" Lambert tweeted in response. "You're a goddess!"
Twitter exploded following Lambert's impressive performance. People applauded the rendition of "Believe," with some even saying it was one of the best live TV performances in long time. See their reactions after Cher's below.
Tried 2 write Feelings About Adam Lambert Singing— Cher (@cher) December 27, 2018
Believe In Words,but Cant seem 2.When Your senses are Overwhelmed All Can you feel with your ❤️.
I Was Shocked AND Over The MOON When Cindi (Lauper) came out Rocking the house.
Shocked Because SHE TOLD ME SHE WAS IN LA,
& Over The Moon Because— Cher (@cher) December 27, 2018
My Friend💋CINDI Is One Of Our”Great”Singers‼️
When ✨Adam✨& Cindi✨ Sang Together It=Heaven 🙌🏻.
”Little Big Town”Were Adorable,& Harmonies✨🌟✨.
Amanda Was Genuine,& Dear🥰,& When Whoopi Came Out In”Cher Outfit”She brought Down House😘.
One of the most moving performances I have ever seen on TV was #AdamLambert singing #Cher's hit, #doyoubelieveinlifeafterlove on the #KCHonors on CBS.. He deservedly got a standing ovation, including from Cher, who was moved to tears. pic.twitter.com/G0Flc99c58— Stephen Paley (@stepale) December 27, 2018
me watching Adam Lambert tribute Cher pic.twitter.com/gzqEh4FatC— ave (@avery__byrd) December 27, 2018
So I’ve watched Adam Lambert’s cover of Believe by Cher at the Kennedy Center Honors on repeat for the last 20 minutes. One of the best live TV performances in a long time#kchonors— Brady Eagle (@Beags88) December 27, 2018
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