As a true pop culture icon, Cyndi Lauper is recognized in the Women Who Rock exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, but it’s time she be inducted in her own right and not simply included in a showing of women in music.
The American singer-songwriter has been a success from the start with her debut album “She’s So Unusual” released in 1983. The solo album earned her the Best New Artist award in 1985 at the 27th Grammy Awards and and made her the first female artist with an album to have four top-five hits on Billboard Hot 100. They included “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “All Through the Night,” and “She Bop.” Her second album in 1986 had a number one and number three hit with “True Colors” and “Change of Heart.”
Throughout her 30-plus year career, Lauper has released nine studio albums and sold over 50 million records and 20 million singles. Her 2010 blues album “Memphis Blues” held the number one spot on Billboard Blues Albums for 13 weeks straight. However, her success is not limited to her solo career and she’s participated in a variety of other projects including the soundtrack “The Goonies” motion picture, along with her humanitarian work and advocating for LGBT rights are also cause for celebration.
Lauper has also received massive recognition for composing the score for Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.” Her Tony Award for Best Musical Score made her the first woman to win the category by herself. For the same show, Lauper received a Grammy Award in the category of Best Musical Theater Album.
Ranked number 58 of the 100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll by VH1, Lauper has won a plethora of awards and acknowledgement by the entertainment industry. Her debut album “She’s So Unusual” is included on Rolling Stone’s compilation of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. She’s dabbled in acting as well, and her Emmy award in 1995 for the comedy series “Mad About You” makes her one of very few singers to have won an Emmy, Grammy, and a Tony. Three out of four major entertainment awards in America.
Cyndi Lauper has also received recognition from the MTV Video Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the New York Outer Critics Circle, and the Billboard Awards. She’s already been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It goes without saying that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be next.