Cyndi Lauper spoke about her optimism for 2021, as well as performing two songs, at a New Year’s Eve show in New York.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, broadcast live from Times Square, initially saw the ‘Time After Time’ singer team up with Billy Porter – alongside whom Lauper had previously collaborated on the 2013 Broadway musical version of Kinky Boots – to perform an acoustic rendition of her 1986 Number One hit ‘True Colors’.
“This has been a year of great loss,” Lauper said, introducing her second song of the evening, ‘Hope’. “But in my heart, I feel that if we stick together, we just stick together and help each other, we can make it through. I have hope.”
Watch a short clip of Lauper performing ‘Hope’ below.
Fans were less than impressed with Lauper’s musical performance, however, with several Twitter users expressing their horror of the quality of her voice on the show.
"2020 can’t get any worse, there’s just one hour left."
cyndi lauper: pic.twitter.com/r8rdO8jHqJ
— Emerson Lotzia, Jr. (@EmersonLotzia) January 1, 2021
— Chase D (@chased8980) January 1, 2021
Billy Porter wondering why he agreed to sing with Cyndi Lauper pic.twitter.com/hQbRiDt5fN
— Hannah Patterson (@hannahp4tt) January 1, 2021
The show raises money every year for True Colors United, a nonprofit organisation that Lauper founded 12 years ago to help combat LGBTQ youth homelessness.