American Idol finalist Adam Lambert will return to ABC’s American Music Awards after a two year hiatus. In 2009, Lambert set off a firestorm with a sexually explicit performance that included “bondage, simulated oral sex and a same-sex kiss,” Danielle Berrin wrote in 2009.
That moment of musical passion sparked outrage.
Weighing in on his racy finale, The L.A. Times Pop & Hiss blog writes:
Within minutes of the American Music Awards coming to an end, irate viewers had begun writing in. Reader Kathie Kunish declared that the telecast should have been rated “PG-14,” and user “penny” noted that she had to cover the eyes of her 10-year-old daughter.
After the performance, rumors began circulating that Lambert was persona non grata at the AMAs. Danielle Berrin writes on how Lambert later pleaded “AMA performance was a one time event,” adding, “Goin in a new direction now. Focus back on the music.”
But the show’s producers have let bygones be bygones, according to Examiner.com, dickclarke.com clarified, “AMA producers have debunked the notion that Lambert was banned from the show…
Dick Clark productions is proud to have Adam Lambert back after his incredible 2009 AMA performance.”
Last night, Lambert was tame, and his presentation had none of the sexually explicit raciness from 2009. Still, he made sure to alert his million-plus Twitter followers on Saturday that he would be on the show. According to Huliq, Lambert tweeted: “Excited to present at the AMAs tomorrow! Tune in!”