The Twitter bugs are all buggin’ over Adam Lambert’s risque performance Sunday night to close out the American Music Awards.
He sang his single “For Your Entertainment.” The stage was packed with dancers in what appeared to be a pseudo S&M club. Adam at one point had a guy on a leash. Moments later, another dude grinded his face into Adam’s crotch. (The camera turned away too late for that one. No wonder this aired at 10:55 p.m. EST! It was apparently edited out on the West Coast feed.). He later kissed the keyboardist, who looked like a girl to me but apparently was a guy.
He used his vintage Adam screech frequently and was oddly offkey at times. Was I entertained? Not enough. Overall, it was a bit of a mess and way over the top. He seemed to be trying way too hard to amp it to 11. I anticipate the Adam acolytes will lap up this spectacle and defend him to no end but I doubt he made any new fans.
Lambert told the L.A. Times he had nothing to be ashamed of and got a bit peeved when asked how he felt if the performance would be edited for the West Coast.
“If it’s gonna be edited, then in a way that’s discrimination. I don’t mean to get political, but Madonna, Britney and Christina weren’t edited,” Lambert said. “It’s a shame. Female entertainers have been risqué for years. Honestly, there’s a huge double standard.”
At least he didn’t fall on his bum like Jennifer Lopez!
I actually began watching the AMAs late. I forgot it was on until 8:24 p.m. so I missed Janet Jackson, Daughtry and Shakira.
In the end, the Idols did not win a single AMA award. Actually, only two were actually up for any awards. Carrie Underwood lost to Taylor Swift for best female country singer. Daughtry also lost to her for best adult contemporary artist. (Strange that they’d lose to the same person in very different categories!) Ryan Seacrest announced artist of the year, whch was Swift as well.
But I did catch Kelly Clarkson, wearing slimming black. I love her shorter hair but wow. Quoting Shakira, hips don’t lie, do they? She sounds amazing doing “Already Gone.” I’m sure MJ will have the video up in no time and I’ll try to embed the code (ditto with the others). Adam Lambert is shone giving her a standing ovation.
Kris Allen presented best soul/R&B artist in a totally stilted script in which he noted this was his first time presenting live. He looks dapper in that suit, at least.
At 9:30 p.m., Carrie Underwood took over the stage, with a racy yellow and black outfit to do “Cowboy Casanova.” It doesn’t show a lot of skin but kind of focuses your eye to a certain part of the body. I do appreciate that she is singing live and not trying to do anything overly complex when it comes to dancing. She lets the professional dancers do the heavy lifting on that front. Carrie’s male fans should be thrilled that she does know how to swivel those hips. The cameras show Adam again.
Off “Idol,” it was not a good night for our locals. They were all shut out.
Rascal Flatts beat two Georgia groups (Sugarland, Zac Brown Band) for best country group (boo!). And Beyonce defeated two Atlantans (Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole) for best R&B/soul female singer. T.I. lost to Jay-Z for best hip-hop/rap male artist, Michael Jackson for best pop/rock male artist and Taylor Swift for artist of the year. Jason Aldean lost best male country artist to Keith Urban. Hilson also lost the breakthrough artist of the year to Gloriana.