Cher to Receive Icon Award, Perform ‘Believe’ at 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Previous recipients include Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond

Last Updated: May 4, 2017 @ 8:38 AM

Cher will be the 2017 recipient of the Billboard Music Awards Icon Award, Dick Clark Productions and ABC revealed on Thursday. She’ll also perform her 1998 hit song “Believe” at the upcoming event.

The trophy itself will find an appropriate home, as Cher was the first artist to have a No. 1 single on a Billboard chart in each decade from the 1960s to the 2010s. Previous recipients of the Icon Award include Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond.

“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,” said Cher. “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.”

Cher‘s incredible talent has inspired both audiences and other artists for more than six decades,” added Allen Shapiro, CEO, Dick Clark Productions. “Her impact on the industry has been monumental and unlike any other. We are honored to celebrate her exceptional career with the 2017 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award and look forward to what’s sure to be an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime performance!”

The 2017 BBMAs — which mark Cher’s first awards show performance in more than 15 years — will be broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.

Get a taste of her performance to-come via the song’s official music video above.


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