Idol Credibility Chatter
Grammy nod aside, it's still impossible to take Adam Lambert seriously
Many are not impressed with this year’s Grammy nominations. High on the hate list is Adam Lambert, runner up from the eighth season of American Idol. The singer says he hopes his recent nomination earns him some respect as a solo recording artist.
Lambert told The Hollywood Reporter, “I was so excited! I knew the song would be a key track on my album.
“I hope that at this point, after all the hard work I’ve done over the past year, the nomination will give me credibility as a true vocalist in the industry. And perhaps help fade some of the stigma that comes from rising to fame on a competition show.”
While I’m all for dance-y gays and am in awe of Lambert's eyebrow-shaping techniques, receiving a gold phonograph (or, rather, the chance of receiving one) isn’t going to change the public’s opinion of him.
Lambert wants us to take him seriously? That certainly wasn’t the impression he gave when he humped a dancer’s face at the American Music Awards, resulting in ABC’s Good Morning America canceling his scheduled appearance.
The singer has been nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his single “Whataya Want From Me.” Whataya we want is for you to calm down a hot second.
But maybe we should cut him some slack. As the first openly gay performer on a major record label, perhaps he’s making a statement with his flamboyant antics. His racy make-out sessions and glitzed-up wardrobe say, "Take that, Westboro Baptist Church!" (an anti-gay group who often protests Lambert). He’s here, he’s queer, so give him a beer… er, Grammy.
Ultimately the Recording Academy will have the final say in Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The 53rd Grammy Awards are scheduled to take place February 13, 2011.