RoF and MW, then outraged and disappointed with the result. We were then relieved to have gotten the gay question out of the way, thrilled when his raunchier side came out playing with mic stands and whips while we listened intently through ear-bleeding static on the live streams for 'baby', 'woman' or 'honey'. Then we waited and waited for the faintest trace of new material as TfM was released, followed by the controversial album cover, the single, then and surprisingly eclectic album. We were shocked and hurt by the fall-out following the AMAs and showed solidarity as we made our support for Adam known during various campaigns while he went through a period of reflection. He gradually rebuilt his confidence as he went about damage control and FYE was scrapped for WWFM.
We started the decade on a high with Adam's first full set at Gridlock, followed by steady promo and performances and we cheered for every TV slot he landed. Then came that momentous WLL at Indio, wresting us from the comfort of fandom right back into the maelstrom of obsession. As he embarked on his promo tour, we stayed up until stupid o'clock glued to our computer screens following him and marvelling at his codpiece/no codpiece and his overwhelmingly positive reception from passionate fans all around the world. We whooped and celebrated Adam's majestic return to Idol as it became glaringly obvious how exceptional he is as he was awarded universal praise. Which brings us to now, where I'm looking forward to seeing him perform live for the first time, waiting for a miscreant volcano to start behaving.
Adam's list of achievements for the year is impressive and here I've listed only those I believe are most significant:
- FYE Album: Gold - USA, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand
- WWFM Single: Double platinum - Canada; Gold - USA, New Zealand
- FYE Single: Platinum - Canada; Gold - New Zealand
- Winner - Young Hollywood Artist of the Year
- Winner - Teen Choice Male Reality/Variety TV Show Star
- #8 Time Magazine's People Who Mattered 2009
- Barbara Walters Most Fascinating People 2009
- #3 MTV Man of the Year
- #10 Time Magazine's Top 10 Songs 2009 for Mad World
- #1 Artist of 2009 Rolling Stone Readers' Poll
- #3 Top Twitter trend (people) 2009
- #5 OUT Most Influential
- Writing for an audience and maintaining a blog
- Experiencing fandom
- Voting for a reality show contestant
- Joining forums, live streams and twitter to cyberstalk
- Making videos
Apple Pie Adam, giving us hope that we too could be as fabulous if we believed and tried. The end of the battle and ceasing to give a shit about how others see us is liberating. He makes us feel that it's OK to freely express ourselves and has given us courage, paving the way for us. The effect is much further-reaching than just temporary escapism to weird and wonderful destinations with each performance, because he has allowed many of us to feel that little bit braver and has fired our imaginations to get our dormant creativity flowing. This has led to personal growth, newfound confidence and skills, and art that in turn inspires and puts us in touch with others who share this passion. I think this is the core of the Adam Lambert Effect, and as a result, our lives have been significantly enriched.
Thank you Adam, and thank you readers.