‘The Cher Show’ Star Micaela Diamond Curates Empowering Playlist for Women’s History Month

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As we enter Women’s History Month, it’s time to replicate on among the largest legends in music. While a number of careers are value celebrating, just one diva can brag that she is the one artist so far to have a No. 1 single on a Billboard chart in six consecutive many years, from the 1960s to the 2010s: Cher.

Micaela Diamond is a fan — and she or he performs a model of her (Babe, the youngest Cher) in The Cher Show on Broadway.

“Cher was a number of ‘firsts.’ One of the primary working moms, one of many first ladies to expertise paparazzi changing into legitimately harmful, one of many first ladies to publicly divorce even when the world determined they beloved Sonny and Cher as a unit,” Diamond tells Billboard. “She continues to crash by ceilings, admit errors and tumble ahead in her journey of life which is drastically totally different than anybody else on this planet. Any human who has influenced 5 totally different generations of human beings is, with out query, inspiring.”

Billboard requested Diamond, who’s making her Broadway debut with this function, to compile a playlist that celebrates ladies. Along with Cher, the rising star selected everybody from fellow theater queen Sara Bareilles (whom she was the understudy for in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) to one in every of final week’s Oscar winners, Lady Gaga. Check out her alternatives beneath.

Beyoncé, “Sorry”

"Bey is all the time reminding us simply how legitimate our emotions are and simply how little we have to apologize for them. 10/10 advocate watching Lemonade not less than every year."

Janelle Monáe, “America”

"The masterpiece that’s Dirty Computer is stuffed with every kind of “ism” anthems and this tune, to me, focuses on the hope for LGBTQ and ladies of shade to have the identical alternatives on this nation as those that are extra privileged. (While you pay attention, donate to the TransWomen of Color Collective and be a greater ally — you’ll be carried out by the point the songs over!)"

Lady Gaga feat. Florence Welch, “Hey Girl”

"These two sing this little girl anthem that makes me fall mad for them. Loving and lifting your feminine associates actually by no means feels not good."

Brandi Carlile, “Raise Hell”

"Brandi is a silly mixture of expertise and authenticity and watching her sing this (and every little thing else ever) and naked her soul generally is a true definition feminine empowerment."

Sara Bareilles, “Beautiful Girl”

"A Sara ballad needs to be on each record I write, so right here we’re with this little gem. Don’t purchase the heels for the person, purchase them for your self, my love. She’s proper, Sara is all the time proper — and so is her vibrato."

Ariana Grande, “God Is a Woman”

"Ariana talks in regards to the sexual empowerment ladies ought to really feel throughout intercourse (for positive) and likewise throughout life. Knowing our our bodies and repeatedly reminding the world that they’re ours. It’s scorching."

Demi Lovato, “ Sorry Not Sorry”

"There’s a number of hate thrown at ladies with an enormous quantity of fame. Through all of her private BS, Demi repeatedly rises above it and by no means apologizes for who she is. (We usually are not on a primary identify foundation.)"

Cher, “Woman’s World”

"I needed to throw a Cher quantity in right here. I’m fortunate to sing this one within the present each evening and hopefully remind each feminine in the home simply how thrilling it’s to have boobs — huge or small. Cher has had each."

Whitney Houston, “I’m Every Woman”

"A wonderful throwback. She desires to acknowledge that she has the capability and energy to be any sort of girl she desires. She is also actually 10 totally different races making her roughly each girl and stupidly beautiful. Math."

Drake, “Nice for What”

"I want there have been extra songs by males on this record. I believe a part of how we are able to transfer ahead quicker as a human race is for the half that doesn’t need to take care of all of the bullshit to boldly step up. Highly advocate falling in love with Misty Copeland and Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae within the music video that celebrates absolutely the hustle of some nice ladies."