Adam Lambert and Cyndi Lauper Tribute Cher at Kennedy Center Honors: Watch the Performances

Adam Lambert Kennedy Center Honors
Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images

Adam Lambert performs during the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

It's hard to out-diva the biggest diva of them all. But Adam Lambert did his best on Wednesday night (Dec. 26) during the broadcast of the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors on CBS, when he honored Cher, 72, with a stunning ballad version of her biggest hit, "Believe." The night also featured Cyndi Lauper performing a spirited "If I Could Turn Back Time," and the two later teamed up for a performance of Sonny & Cher's “I Got You Babe.”

"Believe," the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 1998 dance pop smash with its signature AutoTuned vocals, was transformed into an emotional, tear-jerking show-stopper by Lambert, 36, who as backed by a full orchestra for the performance. The song swept to a close with one of Lambert's signature sustained high notes, which seemed to impress the typically unflappable Cher (who appeared to mouth the word "wow"), earning the Queen singer a standing ovation from the packed house.

The Kennedy Center Honors -- which was taped earlier in the month -- also featured tributes to country superstar Reba McEntire, composer/pianist Philip Glass, jazz composer, saxophone player Wayne Shorter and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton musical.

Watch Lambert and Lauper's performances of "Believe" and "I Got You Babe" below.