This year's Kennedy Centre Honours boasted plenty of stunning performances, but only one got everyone in the audience on their feet.
While Adam Lambert's emotional cover of Cher's "Believe" had people getting teary-eyed (including Cher herself), and Kelly Clarkson blew the crowd away with her powerful version of Reba McEntire's "Fancy," it was Cyndi Lauper's rendition of "If I Could Turn Back Time" that inspired audience members like Kristin Chenoweth, Amanda Seyfried, and Whoopi Goldberg to leap from their seats. As soon as Lauper took the stage, Cher burst out laughing and yelled down, "You told me you were going to Los Angeles!" Lauper smiled and simply said, "I lied," before diving into her spirited take on Cher's iconic 1989 hit.
The 72-year-old "I Got You Babe" singer, who recently celebrated the opening of a Broadway show about her life and career, was one of eight phenomenal artists honoured for their contributions to the arts at the 41st annual event. In addition to Cher, McEntire, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, pianist Philip Glass, jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, and music director Alex Lacamoire were all honoured.
Watch Lauper's epic performance above!