The American Idol season 8 runner-up is more likely to make a shopping date with Elisabeth Hasselbeck than grovel for forgiveness for his charged Nov. 22 American Music Awards performance, which included a kiss with a male keyboardist; it resulted in a reported 1,500 viewer complaints to ABC and prompted the network’s Good Morning America to cancel his scheduled appearance. Here, Lambert — whose album For Your Entertainment is on sale now — reveals the events that have managed to floor him through the years.
1. Madonna smooches Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
Her Madgesty has been responsible for ”countless tales of shock,” says Lambert, who is upset that CBS’ Early Show replayed the Madonna-Britney kiss, but blurred his same-sex AMA lip-lock, during his Nov. 25 appearance on the show. ”It’s a double standard,” he says. ”What they’re doing is reinforcing the idea that homosexuality is indecent. And that’s dangerous.” (In a statement, CBS defended its decision, saying the Madonna image ”has appeared countless times,” while the Lambert footage ”has not been nearly as widely disseminated.”)
2. Marilyn Manson mixes religion and rock.
”Clearly, [Manson] meant to make you feel uncomfortable, to try to create tension” by including Christian iconography and pentagrams in his music videos and concerts, says Lambert, who argues that people shouldn’t take art too seriously. ”I like keeping people on the edge of their seat, keeping people guessing. That makes for a good entertainer.”
3. Kanye West crashes Taylor Swift’s 2009 VMA acceptance speech.
”We were all like, ‘What?!”’ says Lambert.
4. Cher rocks a thong in her 1989 ”If I Could Turn Back Time” video…
5. …and Prince dons buttless pants at the 1991 VMAs.
”Shocking!” says Lambert. Just don’t expect him to follow suit. ”I don’t know if I’m gonna do that,” he chuckles. ”My ass ain’t that cute.”