"GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FRIENDS"
WITH CYNDI LAUPER, INGRID MICHAELSON AND KELSEA BALLERINI
Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Cyndi Lauper qualified as well for Understatement of the Year honors. Midway through the show, after several standing ovations, the legendary entertainer scanned the studio audience and observed, "Well, we're doing good so far." In fact, Lauper and her guest artists, country star-on-the-rise Kelsea Ballerini and innovative singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, filled the hour-long program with one unforgettable performance after the other as viewers online around the world savored every moment. As a nod toward Nashville, home of Skyville Live, Lauper sang several country music classics from her upcoming new album, Detours, sharing that the songs were "from a time period when blues and country walked hand in hand, before Elvis cut the door down." All three women rocked the room with their own material, performing solo and in combinations. Playing dulcimer and backed by the stellar Skyville Live band, Lauper proved beyond doubt why her voice is one of the great instruments of modern popular music on "True Colors." Then, joined onstage by Kelsea Ballerini and midway through the song by Michaelson, she closed with her anthem "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" as balloons bounced and tumbled throughout the audience.