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Meryl Streep Praises Cher’s ‘Open, Battered, Giant Heart,’ Beyonce Talks ‘Cowboy Carter’ at iHeartRadio Music Awards

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Thania Garcia Beyoncé, Cher, SZA, Taylor Swift and Ice Spice led the charge on what turned out to be a celebratory night for women in music at iHeartRadio‘s 2024 Awards on April 1 in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Meryl Streep introduced the icon award recipient, Cher, with whom she starred in the 1984 film “Silkwood.” Streep’s speech recalled her relationship with Cher technically started when Streep was a “14-year-old freshman in high school in Bernardsville, New Jersey,” back when “the song that I carried in my head in 1962 was the No.

1 hit” from a then 19-year-old Cher. Trailing off, Streep began humming the beginning of Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe.” “It’s not 15 minutes of fame and you’re lucky to get seven seconds of somebody’s fractured attention… never mind seven decades,” Streep said. “It takes time.

Or more than that, I think it takes heart. When I think of Cher, I think of her giant heart. How open it is, how battered it is, and how strong it is.” Cher touched on her hardships in her acceptance speech: “I don’t usually talk about it, but I have been down and out so many times that you cannot believe,” she said.

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