The iconic Cher, a diva in her 60s, made a surprise appearance at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards last night when she came out to present the last award of the night — Best Video. Cher stunned the crowd when she sauntered out in an outfit that was very reminiscent of the costume she wore in her 1989 music video If I Could Turn Back Time. When that video was released, it was considered so risqué that MTV would only air it after 11pm. These days, it looks very tame in comparison to the music videos that air thruout the day on various music television channels. Here are a couple photos of Cher at the VMAs last night:
She is 40 years older than most of last night’s attendees and hasn’t had a major hit since 1998, but Cher was the name on everybody’s lips at the MTV Video Music Awards. The singer stole the show in a barely-there outfit reminiscent of the costume made famous in her video for her 1989 song If I Could Turn Back Time. It was an updated version of the controversial jewelled outfit, complete with her trademark over-the-top curled hair and leather jacket. At 64, Cher’s choice to recreate the famous look was certainly brave. The see-through black body stocking left very little to the imagination, but the singer proved she still has an incredible body. She acknowledged the age difference between her and the audience when she arrived on stage to present Lady Gaga with the award for Video of the Year for Bad Romance. ‘I have shoes older than most of these nominees,’ she told a cheering audience. ‘I’m the oldest chick with the biggest hair in the littlest costume. ‘Back in the day, I used to get thrown off MTV for wearing things like this that seem so tame now,’ she added. ‘That’s when Lady Gaga was Baby Gaga.’
Each year the MTV VMAs provides a moment that everyone talks about the following day … this year, much like last year, I suspect the talk will be about Taylor Swift and Kanye West. As you may recall, Kanye interrupted Taylor’s award speech last year and then caught hell for it. This year, both Taylor and Kanye sang about that moment last year … but neither one did very well or scored any points (tho, I suspect, Kanye came off looking better by comparison this year). For me, the big VMAs moment was Cher’s surprise appearance. I think other moments include Lindsay Lohan’s cameo (which we got to see earlier today), the performance by Florence + the Machine and Rihanna’s surprise duet with Eminem to open the show. To be honest, this year’s VMAs seemed a bit more subdued … maybe even a bit lackluster. What did y’all think … what was YOUR fave moment of the night?
And, just to refresh your memories (or to clue in you young’ns who have never seen it before), here is Cher’s 1989 all too risqué music video for If I Could Turn Back Time:
Diva. Bow down. Recognize.