Will Sonny & Cher Ever Get Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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Sonny & Cher: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Facts
Eligible Since: 1990
Finalist: Never
Grammy Awards/Nominations: 0/2
Career Top 40 Hits: 11
Essential Tracks: Baby Don’t Go, I Got You Babe, But You’re Mine, Little Man, The Beat Goes On, All I Ever Need is You
Essential Albums: Look at Us (1965), All I Ever Need is You (1972)

Cherilyn Sarkisian has been an icon for six decades. Cher rose to fame with her husband Sonny in the mid 1960s, then branched off into a massive solo career that demonstrated remarkable longevity. She first reached the Top 20 as a solo act with “All I Really Want To Do” in 1965, and was still breaking records in 1997, when “Believe” made her the oldest woman ever to score a #1 single.

In 2024, after an absurdly long wait, Cher was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. But Sonny & Cher as a duo deserve consideration as well. And they have never been nominated.

Let’s examine whether Sonny & Cher might someday earn a place in the Rock Hall together.

Sonny & Cher’s Rock Hall Credentials

Sonny & Cher recorded a number of hits that remain classics, most notably “The Beat Goes On” and “I Got You Babe.”

They released only five albums together, but scored 20 chart entries, including nine which reached the Top 20. And they hosted a variety show for several years, which put them right at the forefront of popular culture.

Critics view some of their songs as lightweight or fluff, but they resonated with audiences. Cher herself makes the best argument for the duo’s importance.

She told Entertainment Weekly in 2010, “Sonny and I still aren’t in the Hall of Fame, and it just seems kind of rude. Sonny was a good writer, and we started something that no one else was doing. We were weird hippies before there was a name for it, when the Beatles were wearing sweet little haircuts and round-collared suits…. We influenced a generation, and it’s like: What more do you want?”

Cher went on to earn numerous hits in her career in various genres from pop to disco to rock, such as “Dark Lady,” “Half-Breed,” “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” “Bang Bang,” “Take Me Home,” “I Found Someone,” “Believe,” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” with its iconic music video.

Cher is almost an EGOT – she’s won an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar (plus a Golden Globe.) She’s missing a Tony, but she has received the Kennedy Center Honor – and that’s much bigger than a Tony!

She just kept coming back when people thought her career was dead. There’s a reason people used to joke that the only things to survive a nuclear holocaust would be cockroaches and Cher.

Cher herself has said that she wouldn’t have had a career without Sonny, so it seems a bit odd to induct her but to overlook his contribution. Sonny Bono helped launch her career, wrote many of their songs, and worked to secure film projects and other opportunities that increased their public profile.

The Case Against Sonny & Cher

Some voters may feel that Sonny & Cher do not meet the “musical excellence” criteria. But their commercial success and the lasting influence of their music should put that claim to rest.

The biggest challenge for Sonny & Cher earning Rock Hall induction will be convincing voters to induct Cher a second time, now that she’s already been honoted as a solo act.

Many artists have been inducted into the Rock Hall twice. But they usually have to wait many years between those inductions.

Tina Turner, for instance, earned induction with Ike Turner in 1991, and again as a solo artist three decades later in 2021. Stevie Nicks went in with Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and solo in 2019.

So it stands to reason that Sonny & Cher may not get inducted for a very long time, since it would be weird to induct Cher twice in such a short time span.

The Verdict: Will Sonny & Cher Ever Get Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Since Cher herself has been speaking out in support of the couple’s induction, you’d think the Hall will follow her lead and consider Sonny & Cher as a duo.

As she noted, they were trailblazers and rebels in a time when every other musical act seemed to be straight-laced. That’s a true rock & roll attitude. Hopefully, voters will reward them and induct the duo.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Sonny & Cher
Odds of Getting Inducted Next Year: 5%
Odds of Getting Inducted in the Next Five Years: 10%
Odds of Getting Inducted Eventually: 40%

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Last Updated on April 27, 2024

1 thought on “Will Sonny & Cher Ever Get Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?”

  1. I will continue to refuse to visit the RRHOF or watch the televised ceremony until Cher is inducted. It’s absolutely disgraceful that both her solo career and career with Sonny have not been recognized. No one deserves it more than Cher.

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