Cher has expressed her frustration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for not including her in its inductees. During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the 77-year-old music legend pointed out her omission despite achieving a No. 1 hit across seven decades, a feat she shares with The Rolling Stones. Cher playfully remarked, “It took four of them to be one of me!” She then shocked the audience by stating, “And I’m not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!”
Despite her exclusion, Cher made it clear that she has no interest in being inducted now. She told the audience, “You know what, I wouldn’t be in it now if they gave me a million dollars. I’m not kidding you.” Asserting that she “changed music forever” with her 1998 hit “Believe,” which became one of the best-selling singles of all time and pioneered the use of AutoTune, Cher expressed her defiance toward the institution.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame faced controversy this year when co-founder Jann Wenner made disparaging remarks about female and Black artists, stating they were “not intellectual enough” for his book The Masters. Wenner was subsequently removed from the board, and an apology was issued. Cher’s criticism adds to the ongoing debate about diversity and inclusion within the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“And I’m not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! I’m never going to change my mind,” she continued. “They can just you-know-what themselves.”