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Top 10 Adam Lambert Moments of 2012

December 26, 2012

By JuneauXena and Claudia. Follow us on Twitter @JuneauXena@XenaPW, @GlamFanNation & @AdamLambertBook

This was an important year for Adam Lambert, with the release of his sophomore album, Trespassing. In many ways, this was the year Adam truly embarked on his journey as an independent artist. Here are what for us were the most significant events of the year. I’m sure we missed many others! Please weigh in on your top moments!

Join us on our Radio Show tonight from 10:00-11:00 PM ET tonight for discussion and reminiscing about Adam’s achievements this year!!

1. Video for “Better Than I Know Myself”, the first single release from Trespassing. Even fans who were ambivalent about the song were wowed by the video, which revealed a new level of sophistication and ambition. See Multi-Sensory Conception – Adam Debuts “Better Than I Know Myself” and  The Video: Better Than I Know Myself

2. Trespassing released, debuts at #1 on Billboard 200. See Adam Lambert First Out LGBT Artist With #1 Album Debut. Music critics are overwhelmingly positive – see reviews at Trespassing Central.

3. Release of “Never Close Our Eyes”.  The sci-fi inspired video garnered universal acclaim. See Adam Lambert’s New Music Video Busts Out of the Club

4. Adam performs on American Idol – for the third year in a row!

5. Adam Lambert performs at Royal Albert Hall. It was a short set, and admittedly not the best he’s done, but it was a cherished dream of our to see Adam at London’s fabled hall.

6. Billboard 2012 Mid-year Music Awards. “Trespassing” scores #1 for Billboard 200 album, and “Never Close Our Eyes” wins the #2 spot for Music video. Adam also won Billboard Music’s Sexiest Man. 


7. Queen + Adam Lambert Mini Tour. Launched in Kiev before a staggeringly huge crowd, Adam fronted the legendary rock band on a triumphant tour that ended with three unforgettable nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. See A Yankee Prince in Queen’s Court – Queen + Adam Lambert. This incredible pairing up, named by Gigwise magazine as the year’s top live act, felt like a redemptive moment for both Adam and Brian May. A Kind of Magic – Brian May and Adam Lambert

8. Adam Lambert on Pretty Little Liars. Adam’s cameo as a glampire rock star on ABC’s wildly popular show sent his iTunes sales soaring. 

9. Adam Lambert at Cyndi Lauper’s Home for the Holidays Concert. Performing to benefit homeless LGBT youth, Adam joined Cyndi Lauper in an exquisite duet of “Mad World”. Back in September, Adam flew to Washington DC to give a concert in support of marriage equality in Maryland. Adam Lambert Finds His Voice… for Marriage Equality

10. Hosting VH1 Divas – From the series of promotional videos to the show itself, Adam was able to showcase not only his singing talent, but also his comic acting.

Honorable Mentions

  • Television promo appearances: Ellen, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel
  • 2012 NewNowNext Awards
  • iHeart Radio promotional concerts
  • Summer Sonic Concerts in Japan
  • Take 40 show where Adam covers “Is This Love?”
  • Adam in South Africa
  • MNET Asian Music Awards


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2012 8:30 pm

    This was his best year yet and don’t forget he and Sauli are still together.

    • Adina permalink
      January 5, 2013 11:19 am

      He and Sauli are beautiful soulmates & nothing can reach that. We still have a responsibility to keep positive thoughts – more for ourselves than anything else, since our own projections affect us first. The two of them are amazing, really.

  2. rosemary permalink
    December 27, 2012 1:00 am

    Thanks so much, Juneau, Xena and Claudia for taking the time from your busy holidays to put together the TopTen Moments of 2012 on the blog and on the show. Really enjoyed the look back. Despite our disappointment in the lack of radio play of Trespassing songs in the States and the resulting low sales of the album here, I think it’s really been a momentous year for Adam. His album may not have taken off as expected in the States, but it made history, gave a lot of people pleasure, and I don’t think it will disappear. And need I say that the Queen concerts were unbelievable. Who else but Adam could have pulled that off with such confidence and humility? Love ya, Adam Lambert.

    • Adina permalink
      January 5, 2013 11:30 am

      I am still thinking about the Q concerts today – I ended up writing the equivalent of a mini-book, lol. If you want to have a look, it’s in here:
      (I wrote it about my “warm-up” journey, followed by the concert and then slowly trying to “come off” but not really succeeding – haha!). It has lots of things about “meaning” and so on. Sauli said it was something he couldn’t exactly put into words – well… this might offer a glimpse. So I decided not to come off, and just stay in the Vibe. Why not?

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