Cher Says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Can ‘You-Know-What-Themselves’ After Repeated Nomination Snubs


The “Believe” singer has no patience for the institution that she’s been eligible for since 1991.

Cher on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show.’

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Cher vehemently doesn’t want to be a member of any club that doesn’t want her. The “Believe” legend said so in no uncertain terms on Friday’s (Dec. 15) Kelly Clarkson Show, when the host asked how a legend who has scored No. 1 hits over seven decades is somehow not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

With a sly smile, Cher corrected Clarkson’s claim that she’s the only act to ever have that kind of chart dominance across the decades, noting that she’s not, technically, alone. “Two of us have,” Cher said, with Clarkson replying, “Are you gonna say a band? Don’t say a band.”

“It’s a band,” Cher noted of her fellow chart champs the Rolling Stones, as Clarkson clarified that that doesn’t count. “It took four of them to be one of me,” the 77-year-old icon added with a twinkle in her eye, prompting Kelly to jump out of her seat and clap. “And I’m not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!” Cher added.

After the studio audience let out a collective groan, Cher told them it was okay. “You know what, I wouldn’t be in it now if they gave me a million dollars. I’m not kidding you,” she said, laughing that she almost dropped an f-bomb in her answer.

“I’m never going to change my mind. They can just you-know-what themselves,” Cher said to applause, while casually noting that she “changed music forever” with her 1998 dance pop hit “Believe,” one of the best-selling singles of all time and the track that is widely credited with introducing the world to AutoTune.

Cher’s first holiday hit, “DJ Play a Christmas Song,” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart last month (and topped the Adult Contemporary Chart this month), making her the first female artist to have a top hit for seven straight decades; that milestone put her in rarified air with the Stones, who have had at least one new No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts in every decades between the 1960s and 2020s.

A spokesperson for the RRHOF had not returned Billboard‘s request for comment at press time.

Cher’s first No. 1 hit was 1965’s “I Got You Babe” with late partner Sonny Bono and she has been eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame since 1991.

While Cher has not been nominated to date, it’s worth noting that last year country icon Dolly Parton was nominated fro the RRHOF and initially turned down the offer. She later accepted and was inducted in Nov. 2022 alongside Eminem, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis; she followed up by releasing her all-star, chart-topping first rock album, Rockstar, album last month.

Watch Cher on the Kelly Clarkson Show below.

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