For over 30 years, pop music and performance legend Cyndi Lauper has been a leader in pushing social boundaries and creative innovation. In honor of her work, on December 6, she will receive the 2018 Icon Award at Billboard’s Annual Music in Women ceremony. In the early 1980s when Lauper began her career as a singer/songwriter, her eclectic style and brilliant discography propelled her to the top of the pop charts. She made a huge mark on the industry with unforgettable singles like, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “True Colors,” but Lauper also used her platform to bring awareness to important issues, especially within the LGBTQ community.
“The entire world recognizes the power of Cyndi Lauper’s pop music, and just as crucially, she has used her undeniable talent to soar beyond music, create positive change in modern society and become a true Icon,” Billboard’s editorial director Jason Lipshutz said in an earlier article on the site.
In honor of Lauper’s legacy, Billboard has highlighted some of her most important accomplishments and moments from over the years. Here’s a breakdown of her inventive and extraordinary journey.