2018 GLAAD Media Awards: Adam Lambert Duets With Melissa Etheridge, Gloria Carter Delivers Eloquent Speech & More
Aside from awards, the evening also featured a ripping duet between Adam Lambert and Melissa Etheridge on her song “I’m the Only One” from the landmark 1993 album Yes I Am. Even though it was their first time performing together (or even spending more than a passing moment together), the two were laughing and calling each other “rock and roll friends” backstage.
As the ceremony wrapped, Etheridge and Lambert spoke to Billboard about the “freedom” of performing for a primarily LGBTQ audience. “We do most of our work in a straight world. The music industry is mainly straight,” Etheridge said. “I’m not afraid of a straight audience, but it’s a freedom to relax [at GLAAD]. It’s family. It’s like home.”
“At one point in time to be a musician in mainstream music, you had to second guess some things or be careful what you said,” Lambert reflected. “It’s changing so rapidly, which is wonderful, and at an event like this we can be reminded that things are shifting night and day in the music industry, even compared to 10 years ago.”
On Saturday May 5th at the Hilton Midtown in New York, Adam Lambert and Melissa Etheridge joined forces for a powerful duet of Etheridge’s hit song “I’m The Only One”. It has been 25 years since the icon released her record YES I AM, and used her platform to increase visibility for the LGBTQ community by coming out publicly as lesbian.