Adam Lambert has addressed the American Music Awards brouhaha several times already, including in a candid interview with MTV News , but it was his mom, Leila, who opened up about her son’s controversial performance during a Wednesday (November 25) appearance on CBS’ “The Early Show,” admitting that even she was a little shocked by Lambert’s onstage behavior on Sunday.
“He always wanted to entertain, even just in our family, so he took it a few steps further. It’s my kid. He’s doing great. He is entertaining everyone, including me,” she said on the show. “You know, I was a little taken aback, but I just went with the flow, and it’s all good.”
She added that the part that really stands out to her, despite all the hoopla around him, is his connection to the fans. “He inspires so many people, and I hear that all the time,” she added. “That’s the best part, just the inspiration that he brings to people.”
On the show, Lambert answered fan questions, addressing the controversy surrounding him these days. “I do see how people got offended, but that was not my intention,” he said. “I was looking out in the crowd and saw some of my favorite pop stars and thought, ‘I want to let loose.’ … I think it’s a double whammy. I think it’s because I’m a gay male [people are so outraged] and people haven’t seen that before. I think some people were upset that I kissed a guy.
“Again, when I got up onstage, I don’t think about things like, ‘Oh, this is network television, what time is it? Are children watching?’ ” he continued. “I was just in the moment. I would sing it a little bit better. I’m obviously learning. This is one song. This is one production number. For me, I hope that people don’t put me in a box, like, ‘Oh he’s nasty.’ ”
He sang two tracks off his debut album, For Your Entertainment, on the show: “What Do You Want From Me” and “Music.” “I tried to create a huge variety. ‘For Your Entertainment,’ the song from the AMA performance, is the song on the album about dancing and picking up on people and being sexy,” he said. “This song right now ["What Do You Want From Me"], it spoke for itself. It’s about vulnerability and hope and trust. And ["Music"] is a lot of fun.”
Afterwards Lambert ran out of the studio to greet his fans, who had been waiting outside to meet the “Idol” runner-up, giving hugs and signing autographs.