Okay so last night I am in bed, half watching the American Music Awards, half working, half falling asleep (don't do the math here, or you will see I got no work done). Janet Jackson was high energy, Whitney Houston showed us what she can do, Lady Gaga did a huge space alien production number, Keith Urban rocked out, Jennifer Lopez sang a lousy song and literally fell on her ass. All good.
Then the show closes with this Adam Lambert guy, who I am quickly becoming a fan of. With Elvis-like hair and a glittery suit he sang "For Your Entertainment" in a big loud gaudy production number that was more an ad for Lambert than his song or album. It was a vulgar spectacle a la Madonna or Freddie Mercury, and I think puts Lambert on the map, beyond Idol or the tabloids or the Out magazine controversy.
I don't really remember the song or Lambert's actual singing, though I think both were fine. He is a performer, and his performance was a breath of fresh (vulgar) air. Sure it was crude in an over-the-top glamour kind of way, with dancers on leashes and sexual moves. It was an adult performance. For those who object, two thoughts:
(1) it was 11 PM on a Sunday evening, so if your kids are up watching TV, I think you may just be a lousy parent
(2) the sexual innuendo was nothing Madonna, Janet Jackson, and three million rappers haven't done before, the only difference being the same-sex angle, so homophobic much?
This guy may be a flash in the pan, or he may be around for a long time. Who knows? It sure looks like his career will be a hell of an interesting show to watch.
And as an added bonus -- the fact that right wing homophobe stick figure Elisabeth Hasselback trashed the performance made me like it even more!