Lambert Defends His AMA Performance


ABC Received 1,500 complaints Against Adam Lambert's AMA Performance

Adam Lambert is one of the most talked-about performers this week because of his racy AMA performance, but the Idol alumni isn’t regretting a second of his work.

Adam Lambert responded to the criticisms by saying, “People are scared, and it’s really sad. I just wish people could open their minds up and enjoy things. It’s all for a laugh — it’s really not that big of a deal.” He also told Access Hollywood, “I believe in artistic freedom and expression. I believe in honoring the lyrics of a song, and those lyrics aren’t really for everybody either.”

According to the Associated Press, ABC said more than 1,500 people called to complain about Lambert’s performance. If you missed the videos, Adam simulated a sex act with a male dancer and kissed his male keyboardist, which he said was a spur-of-the-moment kiss.

The performance was edited for the West Coast broadcast of the awards show, which Lambert called “discrimination.” Adam explained, “Female pop artists have been doing things provocative like that for years.” On Twitter Monday morning, Lambert wrote: “All hail freedom of expression and artistic integrity … fans: I adore u.”

If you missed the video, check it out here with more photos from the event.

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  1. Adam, I loved each and every one of your performances on American Idol and I thought your performance on the AMA show was amazing. I’m not young either. In fact, I could be your grandma but I appreciate your level of performance and your ability to be unique, no matter what song you are doing. Keep it up. You’re going to be BIG!



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