Adam Lambert Sings Madonna’s ‘Ray of Light’ and a Donna Summer Tribute on ‘VH1 Divas': VIDEO

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  1. Grant says

    I think we see Adam doing something with one earpiece *as he was starting to sing* so, yeah, there was something wrong. He’s usually pretty on point.

    This was a big yawn for me, but I did like “Hot Stuff.”

  2. Ernest1960 says

    Boy, I love Donna Summer and (most of) Madonna’s music, but sometimes thought they were maybe not the best of singers. But after hearing this, I’m rethinking that. What a mess! I always thought Kelly Rowland could have played Donna Summer in a movie (she looks like her IMHO), but really needs to work on her singing.

  3. Rick says

    Fantastic, a hyper-effeminate man dolled up in an over-the-top costume mimicking “divas” in front of an audience consisting almost entirely of women.

    I don’t know why he left the flowers out of his hair, but I am really disappointed that he didn’t…..

  4. Rae says

    Last Dance is the only one that is even half way decent. I agree, it’s a mess. Terrible arrangements, generic music that sounds like it’s coming out of a can, buried vocals. There is no sense of what makes Madonna and Donna Summers so wonderful. I guess I’m showing my age, but this just highlights how bland and awful most pop and dance music is right now. I can’t see them paying tribute 30 years down the road to current artists because there is just nothing that grabs you and pulls you in like the old stuff.

  5. iban4yesu says

    “Madonna and Donna Summers” in the same breath is ridiculous. The former can NOT sing to save her life! The Ray crap was all studio wizardry and nothing else!
    Has she ever sung it live and hit that note? Heck, no!!

    Donna was a Godess w/ the Voice!
    Let’s not soil her memory by putting her name next to that talent-free hag’s like that!

  6. Anthony says

    I thought there were sound issues all the way through the Madonna song when I watched it on TV last night… Issues that I didn’t hear throughout the rest of the program. I was a bit dissapointed when I realized the tribute was just this one song. Would have loved to have heard a medley as they did for Donna Summer. On a side note, they really are scraping the bottom of the barrell with what meets the definition of a Diva these days. Didn’t recognize half of the performers on site, didn’t know most of the names and yeah, I love her, but the woman that plays Mercedes on Glee hasn’t earned it yet!

  7. Ganymeade says

    Sorry but trained musician here. Pitch and delivery problems. I could not listen to the whole piece. Had to hunt up Ray o Light in my I tunes
    Madonna rocks it so well.

  8. Jim says

    Adam couldn’t hear the music at the beginning which is why he was off pitch. But he has one of the best voices, if not THE best male voice, out there. It’s too bad he has to tart up his presentation with ridiculous outfits and hair & makeup, and especially all that strutting and posing that makes him seem synthetic and fake. It’s like he’s playing what he thinks a pop star should be rather than organically arriving at his own style. Given that the entire Divas special was nothing but posing, with mediocre singers surrounded by dancers doing angry, ridiculous choreography, he fit right in, but he’s such a talent that it’s a shame. Maybe that’s why gay men don’t go for him – they see through it. I saw him live in NY and the audience was mainly women, and he did a lot of posing and strutting and never connected with most of the audience. I saw Mika live and he was terrific – never changed costume, just came out and sang and bopped around the stage and knocked everybody out. Adam should just tone it down and sing and he’ll be fine and maybe get more fans, but I’m not holding my breath.

  9. jaragon says

    I agree with Rae- for a tribute about two of the Queens of Pop Music they both deserve better- why was La Lambert dressed as if he was about to lead a black mass on Saturn? The two women who I’ve never heard before both lacked Summers amazing voice.

  10. RedRoseQueen1 says

    For anyone that is uninformed…the issues last night were the venue itself and the sound techs. Lambert doesn’t lip-synch because he doesn’t NEED to.Yes, there was a huge problem with his ear bud and he shot a “Diva-like” look at the tech when he realized it as well. After the first 2 verses, it was corrected. During his Glam Nation Tour in 2010, he did a sound-check with his OWN people, and THIS is how well he sings when he has people who know wtf they are doing! (Spoiler alert, Ray of Light!)He’s the figure sitting on the steps.If you’re going to “judge”, do be more informed, OK?

    And his career is not “dwindling” since he has many International dates lined up already, beginning in Bali for NYE, then on to Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan (6 sold out concerts there already)Russia (Moscow and St. Pete’s) etc.
    His skits were brilliant and there were OODLES of MEN (gay and straight) in the audience, sheesh.
    It’s always so nice to know he’s being supported so lovingly by his “own community” though. *sarcasm* :/

  11. Guy says

    Gawd, all of these numbers were bad. The women’s voices are not up to snuff.

    And Adam … this “act” of his, with the make-up and the whatever, is embarrassing. Aren’t his 15 minutes of fame (with this style) up yet?

    He has a great voice so I hope he has something else left in him.

    @redrosequeen1: just because he’s gay doesn’t earn him a free ride with any “community.” Asia and Europe is where many Americans play when they are close to retirement.

  12. Guy says

    Gawd, all of these numbers were bad. The women’s voices are not up to snuff.

    And Adam … this “act” of his, with the make-up and the whatever, is embarrassing. Aren’t his 15 minutes of fame (with this style) up yet?

    He has a great voice so I hope he has something else left in him.

    @redrosequeen1: just because he’s gay doesn’t earn him a free ride with any “community.” Asia and Europe is where many Americans play when they are close to retirement.

  13. CKNJ says

    Jeez that Ray of Light piece was HORRIBLE!!!! I know he is a MUCH better singer than that, pity they did not reshoot that piece if there were tech problems, because they made him look like an amateur with that crap piece… and he is a professional with great voice and presence. Seriously, though, that was BEYOND sh*tty!

  14. DemiJo says

    I see that Towleroad comments section is still a sandbox of bitter old queens. (And maybe a few persistent Adam haters?) Used to visit the site regularly a few years ago and now I remember why I stopped.

    Most of the responses by the media and random people on Twitter are/were very positive about Adam’s hosting and performances, but here… Well, its the internet after all so I shouldn’t be surprised about anything.

    Its unfortunate though that if you were to form an opinion about gay people based on Towleroad comments you’d think a huge number of them are bitter, nasty, humorless, fearful and extremely narrow-minded. Luckily, there are people like Adam Lambert to sway the general image to a more positive direction.

  15. Hello says

    Europe/Asia is where musicians go to retire? HUH? Ignorant much?

    Gaga was huge over there before she was popular in the US.

    The legendary Queen were primarily popular in Europe…took a long time for US to catch on.

    Lots of other examples…

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