Adam Lambert on What’s Changed for Gay Artists Since His ‘American Idol’ Run

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Adam Lambert on What’s Changed for Gay Artists Since His ‘American Idol’ Run
Ten years ago, Adam Lambert burst onto the music scene in a blaze of guy-liner, hairspray and sexual ambiguity as America’s most unlikely “Idol.” But while he had the rock star look down and a soaring voice that seduced the hard-to-impress Simon Cowell, Lambert lost. Or did he? While many blamed homophobia for his runner-up showing, Lambert took his fame and ran with it, helping to promote Lgbtq tolerance to middle America, which paved the way for future openly gay artists such as Troye Sivan. Soon after, he solidified his industry cred by stepping into Freddie Mercury’s shoes and touring with Queen. Now 37, the singer wants to reestablish his identity as a solo artist with his forthcoming fourth album, “Velvet.” Says Lambert: “In terms of its sound and influences, it’s the most me.”

Talk to me about being an openly gay artist in 2019 versus 2009. The last time
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