Adam Lambert will be one of the presenters at the 2011 American Music Awards (AMAs). For those who thought the flamboyant rocker was banned from the show due to the controversy his live performance at the 2009 show generated, it would appear that those rumors inspiring such thoughts were exaggerated.
“Adam Lambert was never banned from the show,” Larry Klein, American Music Awards executive producer, told The Hollywood Reporter.
It was just two years ago at the AMAs that Adam Lambert, the then recent runner-up on the top-rated show in the U.S., "American Idol," performed the show closer, his own song "For Your Entertainment" from his then upcoming album of the same name. The sexually provocative stage show, complete with pelvic thrusts, face-in-crotch maneuvers, and a guy-on-guy kiss, prompted over 1,500 complaints and caused ABC to react by canceling Lambert's upcoming appearance on "Good Morning America."
“We laugh about it to this day,” Klein said. “We didn't censor,” says Klein, acknowledging that there was a quick camera cut. “The kiss went on and that's all there is to it.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone backstage after the show, Lambert said, "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."
ABC's dismissal was CBS' gain. Lambert appeared on "The Early Show" in the same time-frame as he would have had he gone on "Good Morning America." When asked about the controversy, he said he had done nothing wrong, had gotten caught up in the moment, and would offer no apologies for it.
On Nov. 20, Lambert will return to the stage whereon he caused a media uproar.
Lambert took to Twitter to tell his 1.25 million followers that he would be on the 2011 AMAs: "Excited to present at the AMA's tomorrow! tune in!"
Klein said that although Lambert wasn't performing, he would undoubtedly be invited back to do so in the future. “It’s like [AMAs creator] Dick Clark always used to say: ‘I don't care what people do on stage because a stage is for their performance. I care about how people act offstage.’ Adam was performing on a stage. Did he get carried away? Absolutely. Was he regrettful afterwards? Of course he was, but it’s over. ABC never banned him and Dick Clark Productions never would. We’d absolutely have him back.”
It might be an issue that Adam Lambert will take them up on. He recently posted to Twitter that his sophomore album, entitled Trespassing, would be out in the Spring. He also told his followers that the first single from the new album would be "Better Than I Know Myself."
The AMAs were created by Dick Clark as an award show where the awards were presented to those democratically selected as the best in their respective categories, a ceremony in contrast to the industry-controlled Grammy Awards.
The 2011 American Music Awards will air at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC Television.
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