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Cher surprises Chaz, debuts giant afro at GLAAD Media Awards

April 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM ET

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Chaz Bono and Cher backstage at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards at Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 21.

Cher never sticks to the same look for long.

The singer, 65, nearly stole the spotlight at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday. Sporting a large black afro, Cher made a surprise appearance to honor her transgender son, Chaz Bono, 43, with the Stephen F. Kolzak award.

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"I'm here because Chaz has the most courage of almost anyone I know," Cher told a star-studded audience that included Josh Hutcherson, 19, Betty White, 90, Ellen DeGeneres, 54, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 36, and Joshua Jackson, 33.

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Cher then addressed her son directly, saying: "You are the most courageous person I know and you really deserve this award, so come up and get it!"

Earlier that evening, Bono told Us Weekly he was elated to be honored for his work with the LGBT community. "I've seen a lot of people get this award and I really never thought I'd be one of them, so it's pretty special for me," said Bono, who competed on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" in 2011.

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"I get recognized a lot more," he told Us. "I think that one of my goals in doing all this stuff was to let people get to know a transgender person. For so many people, the only time they get to know a member of the LGBT community is through the media, and so in that I think I accomplished a lot."

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