Cher Turns Back Time with Iconic Performance and Dazzling Attire at amfAR Gala

At 78 years old, Cher continues to defy age and expectations, stunning attendees at the amfAR Gala in Cap d’Antibes, France, on May 23 with a performance that harkened back to her heyday while proving her enduring star power.

Cher arrives at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2024 on May 23, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MICHAEL BUCKNER/VARIETY VIA GETTY)
Cher arrives at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2024 on May 23, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MICHAEL BUCKNER/VARIETY VIA GETTY)

The annual gala, a highlight of the Cannes Film Festival, raises significant funds for AIDS research and attracts a glittering array of celebrities. Cher’s performance was a standout moment, as she donned a sparkly black bodysuit reminiscent of her famous outfit from the 1989 music video for “If I Could Turn Back Time.”

The evening began with Cher making a grand entrance on the red carpet alongside her partner, Alexander Edwards, who at 38 is 40 years her junior. The couple displayed their affection openly, holding hands and sharing a kiss for the cameras.

Cher looked resplendent in a floor-length gown, setting the tone for an evening that would blend glamour with nostalgia.

Inside the venue, the excitement continued to build. Cher’s longtime friend, Demi Moore, took to the stage to introduce the legendary performer, setting the scene with an enthusiastic and heartfelt speech.

Alexander Edwards and Cher kiss at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2024 on May 23, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, STEPHANE CARDINALE - CORBIS/CORBIS VIA GETTY)
Alexander Edwards and Cher kiss at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2024 on May 23, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, STEPHANE CARDINALE – CORBIS/CORBIS VIA GETTY)

“I’m gonna see if this is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. I’m just making sure that you’re really, really with me,” Moore began, her voice rising above the crowd’s cheers. She proceeded to list Cher’s numerous accolades, including Grammy, Oscar, and Emmy wins, before concluding, “The bottom line is she’s just one of the most talented, successful and best-loved performers of all time. So please, please give a warm welcome to the incredible, one and only Cher!”

Cher’s performance kicked off with “Walking In Memphis,” for which she sported a blonde wig and a purple suit, a stark contrast to the black hair she showcased earlier on the red carpet.

The crowd was instantly captivated, and the energy only increased when she transitioned into ABBA’s “Waterloo,” a track she had covered on her 2018 album Dancing Queen. Joined by a troupe of dancers, Cher’s lively performance was a testament to her enduring stage presence.

The set took a brief intermission, during which a dance number entertained the audience. Cher returned to the stage in a new outfit—a black curly wig, sheer black bodysuit, leather bomber jacket, and tall black boots—echoing her iconic look from the “If I Could Turn Back Time” video.

This outfit, originally deemed too racy by MTV in 1989 and relegated to post-9 p.m. airings, was instantly recognizable to her fans and underscored the theme of timelessness that permeated her performance.

Cher and Demi Moore arrive at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2024 on May 23, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, EAMONN M. MCCORMACK/GETTY)
Cher and Demi Moore arrive at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2024 on May 23, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, EAMONN M. MCCORMACK/GETTY)

Before launching into her final song, Cher shared a poignant story about resilience and reinvention. “When I was 50, which seems so young now, but when I was 50 I got dropped by my record company,” she recounted.

“And my manager, who’s my best friend, came in and said, ‘You know, my self-esteem was too sewed up in my talent.'” Feeling uncertain about her future, Cher found renewed hope when a man from England reached out with a song that would later become a defining moment in her career.

That song was “Believe,” the 1998 hit that not only introduced her to a new generation of fans but also became a defining anthem of her career. As Cher performed “Believe,” the audience was reminded of her ability to continually reinvent herself and stay relevant in an ever-changing music industry.

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Observers at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, where the gala took place, were unanimous in their praise. Cher “looks unbelievable” and her “voice is as strong as ever,” they remarked. Her performance was more than just a nostalgic trip down memory lane; it was a powerful statement of her enduring talent and charisma.

The amfAR Gala, which raises funds for AIDS research, was the perfect backdrop for Cher’s performance. Her presence added an extra layer of star power to an already illustrious event.

The highlight of the evening included the auctioning of a date with Cher in Malibu, California, which fetched $150,000, with all proceeds directed towards AIDS research.

In a world where many artists fade from the limelight, Cher continues to shine brightly. Her performance at the amfAR Gala was a testament to her resilience, talent, and timeless appeal. As she continues to defy age and expectations, Cher remains not just a music icon but an enduring symbol of reinvention and resilience.

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