Adam Lambert has been entertaining and shocking America since his 2009 stint on a reality show that made him a household name. He quickly became know for his theatrical voice, black eyeliner, and daring performances.
Now, the star has a TV gig and a new tour with a legendary rock band. Here’s all you need to know about the 32-year-old’s exciting and flourishing career.
1. He First Came on the Scene on ‘American Idol’
At the 2009 American Music Awards, Lambert sang his single, “For Your Entertainment,” off his debut album of the same name.
His sexually charged performance broke some boundaries according to some viewers.
According to Rolling Stone, it included “simulated oral sex from a male backup dancer and a brief make-out session with his male keyboardist.”
Dancers were outfitted in S&M gear, attached by harnesses, and Lambert felt up the legs of both men and women on stage.
ABC producers claimed they weren’t informed about the guy-on-guy kiss in advance. In fact, when the show was broadcast on the West Coast, the infamous kiss was removed.
The following day, ABC received 1,500 complaints and canceled his appearance on Good Morning America.
In an interview with a CNN, Lambert said the comments are “a form of discrimination and a double standard” since “women performers have been pushing the envelope” for decades.
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