Adam Lambert appeared on CBS’s “The Early Show” Wednesday morning to respond to critics of his risque performance on this weekend’s American Music Awards.
Lambert said he understands why some people were offended by his sexually charged performance, but he offered no apology.
The “American Idol” runner-up, who kissed a male keyboard player and had a dancer simulate oral sex on him while performing at the awards ceremony Sunday night, called the controversy a double standard, and said his performance would not have caused as much controversy if he weren’t openly gay.
Lambert said there was lot of “very adult” content on the AMAs that night, and that stars like Eminem and Janet Jackson also performed material that could have been viewed by some as inappropriate for younger viewers, adding that the broadcast came at nearly 11 p.m. when children should be in bed.
When asked if he should apologize, Lambert responded: “I’m not a babysitter, I’m a performer.”
Catch the full CBS interview and clips from today’s performances here:
In the next clip, Lambert performs What Do You Want From Me, a single on his debut album For Your Entertainment, live on The Early Show.
Continuing his appearance on CBS, Lambert performs Music Again from his debut album.
Our thanks to CBS’ Early Show for the clips.