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Adam Lambert

  • Adam Mitchel Lambert, born January 29, 1982 is an American singer, songwriter, and actor from San Diego, California
  • In May 2009, he finished as the runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol
  • Lambert was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Leila, an interior designer, and Eber Lambert, who works for program management at Novatel Wireless
  • Lambert moved to California shortly after his birth and grew up in Rancho Peñasquitos in northeastern San Diego
  • He attended Deer Canyon Elementary School, Mesa Verde Middle School, where he was a winner in the Airband competition (featuring Michael Jackson's "Thriller"), and Mount Carmel High School (MCHS), where he was in theater, choir, and frequently performed vocals with the school's jazz band "MC Jazz
  • Lambert, who is Jewish, performed in Hebrew at Jewish events, singing songs such as "Shir LaShalom"
  • Lambert auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in San Francisco, California
  • In a Rolling Stone interview he said his decision to audition for the show came after a week at Burning Man where he experimented with "certain funguses"
  • Lambert stated that he would love to work with Slash, stating "When I was working with Slash I felt at home"
  • In November, Lambert performed "For Your Entertainment" at the American Music Awards of 2009
  • The performance showed Lambert kissing a male keyboardist, grinding a dancer's head against his pelvis, and grabbing the crotch of another
  • Lambert told Rolling Stone magazine, "Female performers have been doing this for years—pushing the envelope about sexuality—and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out".  "We're in 2009—it's time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people's eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I'm not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom"
  • In response to his performance, the Parents Television Council, a conservative decency campaigning group, urged viewers to complain to the FCC

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