Cher is an American pop singer, television personality, actress, director, record producer and philanthropist. Referred to as the Goddess of Pop, she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes and a Cannes Film Festival Award among others for her work in film, music and television. She is the only person in history to have received all of these awards.
Cher began her career as a backup singer and later came to prominence as one half of the pop rock duo Sonny & Cher with the success of their song "I Got You Babe" in 1965. She subsequently established herself as a solo recording artist, and became a television star in 1971 with The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, a variety show for which she won a Golden Globe. Throughout a career spanning over 45 years, she has broken many records. She is the only artist to reach number one on the Billboard charts in each of the previous six decades.
Cher has recorded 25 studio albums, 12 compilation albums, 3 soundtrack albums, and 1 live album. She has sold 128 million albums worldwide and is the 7th best selling female artist of all time, and the 2nd best selling female rock singer of all time behind Madonna. In 1998, her best selling album, Believe, was released on and has sold 20 million copies world-wide. Her hit dance single "Believe", is her biggest-selling recording and was the best-selling single of 1999, having sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
She holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span, with 33 years between the release of her first and most recent Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles, in 1965 and 1999 and 45 years between her first and most recent #1 ranking on any Billboard chart. Cher ended her 3-year-long "Farewell Tour" in 2005 as the most successful tour by a female solo artist of all time. After a three-year hiatus and retirement from touring, Cher returned to the stage in May 2008 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where she performed her show Cher at the Colosseum until February 2011.