December 8, 2013


Big Freedia Jams With Cyndi Lauper

Taylor Hill/WireImage
Taylor Hill/WireImage

Almost three months after setting a Guinness World Record for twerking in New York's Herald Square, Big Freedia returned to NYC Saturday to get everyone bouncing at the historic Beacon Theatre for the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays charity show. 

Lauper's benefit was thrown to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youths, and it boasted an all-star line-up that included Pink, Josh Groban, Susan Sarandon, Nelly FurtadoMatt & Kim, the Hives, Rosie O'Donell... and, of course, the star of Fuse's Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce. 

For her performance, Freedia took to the stage with her Shake Team member Tootie. And by the time the shaking was over, twerking had become the talk of the night. Later in the evening, O'Donnell and the show's host Carson Kressley even attempted to twerk—with predictable results. 

Yet the pinnacle of the concert came when Freedia helped Lauper belt out her 1979 mega-hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." To make things even more unbelievable, Rosie O'Donnell joined the duo on drums.

Earlier in the day, before the benefit, Freedia had taken to Twitter and Instagram to voice her excitement for the upcoming concert:

That excitement was warranted, because by the end of the night, the whole crowd at Home for the Holidays had learned to twerk.

Is it time to move on and introduce the audience to Freedia's top 5 dance moves that don't involve twerking?