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Adam Lambert is our “Hollywood Celebrity of the Year”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Forget about winning “American Idol.” The show’s runners-up often have better careers.

For every winner like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, there is a major talent in the pop show’s No. 2 slot who goes on to meet – or surpass – the singer who beat them out. We’re talking about runners-up like Clay Aiken, Katharine McPhee and, of course, our “Hollywood Celebrity of the Year” … Adam Lambert.

Lambert was destined for fame. He just happened to find it in 2010. Sure, his debut album, “For Your Entertainment,” hit streets late in 2009.

But it was his worldwide “Glam Nation Tour” and consistent airplay for singles like “Whataya Want From Me,” “If I Had You” and the album’s title track that kept Lambert on our radars all year.

And it’s his immeasurable talent (and undeniable flair) that should keep him front and center as 2011 roars in. Lambert’s musicianship has made him a pop-culture sensation. His album peaked at No. 3 on U.S. Billboard 200 while climbing international ranks. We can’t wait to hear his follow up. Until then, Adam Lambert will have to be content being our “Hollywood Celebrity of the Year.” Congratulations!

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50 Comments

  • jami
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    his album actually peaked at #3 on the billboard 200, not #5. check your sources

  • Wrong!
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hi Album peaked at #3 on BB200 in the US.

  • Jennifer
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Um, his album debut at #3.

  • December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thank you, Hollywood News, for recognizing the superstar Adam Lambert. As time goes on, more and more critics and pundits realize what we fans have known all along…Adam is a national treasure, in talent, sex appeal, charisma and personality. Great going, Adam!

  • edam
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Congratulations to Adam! He is the most incredible singer I’ve ever heard. Plus he has the ‘it’ factor.

  • Ruthfan
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thank you Hollywood News! Thank you Sean for the wonderful article on our fabulous Hollywood Celebrity of the Year, Adam Lambert!!! This is the best news to hear on the last day of the year, 2010!

    Adam so deserves all the accolades he’s been getting now, finally, at year end! He has worked to hard to get where he is! He and his troupe performed 114 concerts for Glam Nation Tour both in North America and Worldwide most all of which were sold out venues! I, myself, was lucky enough to go to 5 of the GNTs on the westcoast and all of them were spectacular performances!

    I, as most fans, can’t say enough about this man. Not only is he mega talented but he is a kind and caring soul, generous, thoughtful, always thinking of his fans and trying to please them….always giving 110% of himself at every show no matter how tired.

    His interviews, to me, are as interesting to watch as his live performances because he is so intelligent and articulate when he speaks it is a joy to listen to him. He really is the real deal. He is beautiful inside and out and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us in 2011!.

  • Jesse
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    This amazingly talented man deserves every accolade you can throw at him! Thank you for recognizing that and wishing everyone a New Year filled with lots of Adamexcitement!!

  • DJ
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hi Sean,
    Adam’s album peaked at number 3 not number 5. Susan Boyle released the same week and she was #1 and Andrea Botecelli released his Christmas CD the same week and he was #2. I agree though that Adam had a fantastic year. 2010 has one of the worst boxoffices for concerts ever yet Adam managed to sell out venues around the world. He is the only Idol alumni ever to do a world tour off his debut album.

  • Matthew
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Good choice. Adam is an incredible entertainer, has became a game-changer in the fight for equality, and speaks as if he could run for the Senate rather than just be a recording artist. He is an amazing young man who is an inspiration to anyone who takes the time to listen and learn.

  • December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Wow, did you ever get it right! Adam Lambert made my 2010, I followed him around the world either in person or in spirit! I love his music, I love his spirit, I love Adam!!! Can’t wait for his wild ride in 2011!!!!

  • amelie
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    CONGRETULATION ADAM
    WE FANS FOR ALLOVER THE WORLD WE KNEW FOR YOUR FIRST STEP ON IDOL , YOU KNOW , FROM BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY , YOU WILL BE SOON A BIG STAR , OUR STAR
    YOU ARE NOT ONLY AN AMERICAN TREASURE , YOU ARE A WORLD TREASURE
    MUCH LOVE

  • Castorella
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Awww, thank you for giving him the title! <3

  • Jet
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    The best bad boy rocker to ever come out of idol. Hope to see even better things for international and Grammy nominated Adam Lambert in the coming year. He so deserves it.

  • Moon River
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thank you for recognising Adam’s talent and achievements, Sean O’Connell and Hollywood News!

    I had attended Adam’s “Glam Natio Tour” concert in London (UK) last month. His vocals were beyond amazing. He really is the best male pop /rock live performer right now.

  • adamfan
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thanks so much for recognizing a true talent and not someone the media created. Adam is definitely extremely talented and the US is just starting to recognize this.

  • Amy
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    It makes me deliriously happy to see this amazingly talented man receive accolades and recognition. He’s the hardest working star on the scene, and what he gave the world in 2010 is only the beginning of what’s in store. Thank you for choosing him as your celeb of the year. No one could have been more worthy!

  • watnext
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Sean, I couldn’t agree more, but have to make 1 correction…his album debuted at #3 on Billboard 200, not 5.

  • LambertsLabelle
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    thank you for the artiocle,his mom cant be prouder of him as me!!
    I whish him a fantastic 2011 and dont doubt that he will keep on climbing!
    The only thing I disagree..Taylor Hicks may have not such a big career but even less does Kat McPhee!

  • Glamity58
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thanks for the great article Sean. I am glad that someone with so much raw vocal talent and hard work ethic is recognized. He’s not a “flash in the pants.” He’s been trying to make it for over 10 years. I appreciate that you recognized someone different and the usual pretty Hollywood doll. I look forward to 2011 to see what he does.

  • Linda
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Adam Lambert is the best entertainer, performer, singer there is today. Aside from being over the top gorgeous and talented beyond belief, he is one of the nicest human beings ever. So appreciate your kind words about Adam and picking him for Hollywood Celebrity of the Year. Adam is the Celebrity of my Lifetime!!!!!

  • Glamity58
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Sorry I need to correct something…..I meant to say I appreciate that you recognized someone different and “not” the usual pretty Hollywood Doll…..

  • Paula Adams
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    This has been an amazing year for Adam Lambert. I have enjoyed following his career as he climbs his way to the top! Now! Grammy Nominated Adam Lambert is his new title, and who knows what the future will bring! Success is a sure thing for the mesmerizing Mr. Lambert.

  • funbunn40
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    thankyou Hollywood News and Sean for your positve comments and recognizing Adam’s accomplihments and incredible talent. He is the most exciting and mesmerising entertainers I’ve ever seen! His work ethic is amazing! 113 worldwide concerts from June -Dec

  • juliette
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    What a gift! Adam is a national treasure!
    He will be around for a long time and will continue to influence the
    world all around. Congratulation!

  • Laurie
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thanks for the great article and the recognition of Adam’s talent. Such a wonderful thing to hear about a man who has amazing talented vocals, showmanship, personality and looks. Really happy to read this eloquent article and the well thought out reasons he was honored.

  • lking
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    OMG, this is epic news for every single one of Adam’s fans. To us he’s the hottest, best Artist to come along in years. Thanks for recognizing this fabulous guy’s total talent. Happy New Year Sean, you have made ours happy.

  • weezle
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    He is all that and then some….I am looking forward to his new CD hopefully we won’t have to wait too long….

  • Rita
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Sean, thank you for recognizing Adam in such a fantastic way. I am a Glambert for Life and I hope you, all my fellow Glamberts and Adam, along with his extended and personal family have a wonderful new year! As Adam says, “2011 is Gonna Rock!!

  • Jill
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Wonderful piece to read on the last day of 2010 – the year of Adam Lambert! Thank you for recognizing and celebrating this once-in-a-generation talent.

  • Trudy
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thank you Hollywood News you got it right. We love Adam in Canada. He has received gold and platinum certifications, sold out his world tour, expanded his fan base internationally and almost every day another country has one of his singles at the top of their charts and he did it with damn hard work. He is so courageous and I love his FU attitude. He isn’t afraid to push buttons, shake things up and create a little controversy. 2011 is going to rock for Adam!! Hope the next is epic.

  • Jenn
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    ‘Terrific news that Adam has been recognized for his amazing talent. His fan base will continue to grow as this guy is the real deal with a long and well deserved career in his future.

  • Sunny
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Adam Lambert reached success the old fashioned way, with hard work, passion for his craft, tremendous talent and being true to who he really is. I am so glad to read that Hollywoodnews.com recognizes this singer. His Glam Nation Tour was his creation (and was created with little money and props, but a whole lot of heart). That’s why people gravitated to his show in Asia, Australia, Oceania, America and Europe. He even broke into France’s top 40 (debuting at # 20 last week). They loved him in Paris when he was there in November and the same can be said with all other countries in which he performed his GNT shows. And his fanbase has grown the same way, one by one by one of real fans that he will have for life. So looking forward to his new CD and all his future projects in 2011 and beyond. Bonne Année!! Happy New Year!!

  • dylangirl
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    What nice words about Adam Lambert……no one deserves them more. Adam is the definition of entertainment . What a beautiful voice he has and his on stage presence is beyond measure. Adam is the real deal……..thank you.

  • Ana Glam
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thnak you for recognizing Adam’s amazing talent. His star is just beginning to rise and I think we are going to see many great things from Adam Lambert over the course of his career. Congratulations Adam. Great way to end 2010 and welcome in 2011. Peace and love to Adam and his fans everywhere in the world.

  • DANA
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING WHAT I HAVE KNOW SINCE 2008. HE REALLY DESERVES THIS.

  • PaulaTALLR09
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    I have been to 3 GlamNation Shows & Adam’s vocals & showmanship R exceptional! I have nothing but complete respect for him & his imjmense talent!!! I have been to well over 100 concerts & I put his in the top 3 along with BonJovi & Peter Gabriel! I have followed his career since his debut on Idol & I see a bright & exceptional future for him! With the autotune garbage on the radio-it is so refreshing to have a real talent on the airwaves! If you missed this last tour which was exceptional, I suggest to start saving your money to see him on his next worldwide tour once his 2nd CD comes out! Once you go-you will be hooked for life! Love you Adam!

  • matty
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thanks for recognizing Adam’s hard work and talent. I just recently came on board as a new fan after attending Adam’s Glam Nation tour with my cousin. She said she knew the concert would suck me in as a fan and she was right. We have such a good time following him.

  • Susan
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thank you….finally someone recognizes Adam’s over the top talent and success!! He deserves accolades from all the press!

  • Cher
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    So glad to see Adam get this recognition. He has worked so hard, and has given 110% every single concert here and abroad. His vocals and his showmanship is really extraordinary. He was born to be a star. Thank you for letting this true talent be your pick for 2010.

  • HEP.
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    ADAM LAMBERT IS 2010…..AFTER ALL THIS TIME WE FIND OUT TALENT DOES MATTER …IDOL WAS NOT THE END BUT A BEGINNING FOR THE BOY WONDER….IN A BUSINESS THAT IS FULL OF LIP MOVERS AND AUTOTUNE WE FINALLY FIND A REAL SINGER WHO CAN SING LIVE…WHAT A YEAR…HE HAS PROVED HIS CRITICS WRONG AGAIN AND AGAIN,HE STILL STANDING…18,000 SHORT OF 800,000 ALBUMS SOLD HERE AND NOW A GRAMMY NOMINATION…..THE FUTURE IS ADAM LAMBERT….GAME ON!!

  • Jillian
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Is that the best you could do, sad.

  • Yogibear
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Nobody is more deserving than Adam Lambert. Impressive vocal, kick ass music, amazing fashion sense, great sense of humor and just an all around good person. – aka a complete package. You have good taste, Sean. So glad you did not let the gay issue get in your way this excellent choice. Happy New Year!

  • mary ann
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    SO, SO HAPPY FOR ADAM….CONGRATULATIONS!

  • moonpiepisces
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thank You for your decision to make Adam your top celebrity for 2010, any one who attended a concert or followed him on youtube this year is now a lifetime fan. Our numbers grow daily and we appreciate any positive news about our Adam Lambert. He is as Paula said, quote: “You’ll be an icon one day”.

  • Linda
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Good choice

  • Glamb # 345
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    This is the most talented man in the music world around the world…He deserves any award that he gets……Just keep singing for us Adam…..

  • Frankie
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Who knew that Sean O’Connel was a big ole Sparkle Cow?

  • Terry
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Yes, I agree! The best part–Adam is not the product of brilliant marketing! Love for him is spreading–person to person. He is not an industry “decision.” He is rising because of true talent and hard work.

  • Trudy
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Adam has the most loyal, supportive and loving fans. I don’t think there is an entertainer today whose fans actually promote him in every way we can – voting for him and his videos, requesting songs, buying multiple copies of his cd and if we find untrue articles about him, we defend him. I think we did some of RCA”s work for them.
    Oh yes, Adam also generates a lot of publicity himself because he is not afraid to shake thinks up and stir up a little controversy. I hope his next cd is EPIC. A 2011 Grammy win would really give the U.S. music industry a jolt! He deserves to win.

  • Gleaux
    December 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    I was overjoyed to read that Hollywoodnews.com has named Adam Lambert as “Hollywood’s Celebrity Of The Year”. He exemplifies all that a celebrity should be … exceptionally talented, extraordinary style and showmanship. hard working, gracious, witty, articulate plus gorgeous and humble besides. Congratulations to Adam and Happy New Year plus many thanks to you, Sean.

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