Walking into Cher’s Here We Go Again tour in Washington, D.C.’s Capital One Arena, her 78th show out of a staggering 108-concert tour, I had decently high expectations. I knew and loved Cher — the Goddess of Pop and the only artist to have a No. 1 single for six consecutive decades — for her unique voice, catchy songs and fabulous costumes. And she didn’t disappoint.

Following her opener, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Cher lived up to everything I imagined. Performing time-honored hits such as “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Believe” — as well as her more recent covers of ABBA songs — Cher engaged her entire audience, bringing together people of all generations and backgrounds in roaring cheers and vibrant dancing. She changed from costume to costume, grandiosely reappearing on stage each time, and shared snippets of advice from her astonishing life. I left the arena with a solid understanding of how Cher continued to capitalize on her fame decade after decade.

Nile Rodgers & Chic, an American band, opened for Cher on Dec. 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C.’s Capital One Arena. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)


Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback


Cher entered the arena on a dramatic, chandelier-like hanging platform, dressed in a vibrant blue wig and purple toga. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)


Cher started off the show by performing ‘Woman’s World’, a song focused on female empowerment. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)


After her first set, Cher shared several stories with the audience, such as her first time on Late Night with David Letterman and the friendship that grew out of that meeting. But Cher’s message of female empowerment was the most striking takeaway. After singing two songs on the topic, Cher encouraged all woman in the audience, no matter their age, to pursue their dreams and have fun.

Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback


Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback


With thousands of people in the packed audience, some fans were extreme, dressing up in different iterations of Cher’s outfits from various stages in her career. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)