Best & Worst: American Music Awards 2009
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Adam Lambert shocks 'em
By Emily Christianson and Patrick Kevin Day
American Idol sometimes get criticized for cranking out safe, digestible, inoffensive pop stars. But this years runner-up, Adam Lambert, did his best to break out of that rap with his ultra-lewd closing performance of For Your Entertainment. ABC censors had to quick-cut to an odd aerial shot of the audience when Lambert had a male backup dancer simulate oral sex on him midsong. Parents may be outraged, but thank God for that. We were thinking music was getting a little too stale.
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