Crazily enough, the final two contestants on Season 8 of 'American Idol' were actually roommates! Adam and Kris were close friends throughout it all and shared bunk beds.
The Citizen Vein was a metal/garage rock outfit that came together from Adam working with guitarist Monte Pittman (who had worked with Madonna in the past). You can find old photos of pre-fame Lambert on Google.
Despite it being his debut, Adam had some major star power contributing to the record. Lady Gaga gave him a funky song she previously recorded called "Fever," while "Whataya Want from Me" was originally recorded for Pink's fifth album but didn't make the cut. Meanwhile Weezer's Rivers Cuomo cowrote "Pick U Up" with Lambert. Bruno Mars has in fact worked with Adam, but on his sophomore LP, 'Trespassing.'
'American Idol' contestants were typically barred from speaking to the media until they'd been eliminated, which made Lambert's much-discussed sexuality an unanswered question come the Season 8 finale. "Right after the finale, I almost started talking about it to the reporters, but I thought, 'I'm going to wait for 'Rolling Stone,' that will be cooler,'" he told the mag later. "I didn't want the Clay Aiken thing and the celebrity-magazine bullshit. I need to be able to explain myself in context...I find it very important to be in control of this situation." Right on, brother.
When his 'Trespassing' album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in June 2012, it made Adam is the first openly gay artist to open at the spot. A major step in music and LGBTQ history.
Adam's mother is Jewish, which was how he was raised. Lambert even performed songs in Hebrew, like "Shir LaShalom" and "The Prayer," at a 2005 tribute concert to assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. That said, Adam admits he never had a Bar Mitzvah and hated Hebrew School.
At age 19, Adam snagged a job as cruise ship singer...a gig he now calls "cheesy."
Likely due to the success of his touring with Queen, Adam was told that the only release that his label RCA Records (who broke him into the mainstream pop world) would support was an album of '80s covers. "I have a lot of respect for the label's opinions, so I sat with the idea and started researching the time period," he told 'Billboard.' "But it just wasn't resonating with me. It felt forced." A day after he left, Warner Bros. Records called him up with a deal.
The Eye of Horus is the ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, good health and royal power. Adam got the ink after making the Top 36 on his 'American Idol' season. He now has a full sleeve of tattoos, but see the Eye in this old-school pic above!
Yup, Kris Allen...his roommate and eventual Top 2 competitor! He admitted this during a 'Rolling Stone' cover story, "I was like, 'Oh, shit, they put me with the cute guy,'" he said. "Distracting! He's the one guy that I found attractive in the whole group on the show: nice, nonchalant, pretty and totally my type." Sorry, Seacrest.
Despite his new album 'The Original High' being influenced by dance and house music, Adam's been a little shy about venturing into the EDM world. He did appear on "Lay Me Down," a single off Avicii's 2013 album 'True.'
This one is for the true Glamberts, the ones who celebrated Adam's birthday by joining the star and giving to charity. For his 28th birthday, he and fans donated to DonorsChoose.org to help public school projects. For his 29th and 30th bdays, they raised more than $100,000 for charity: water to bring clean water to developing nations. But for his 31st and 32nd, he donated to the We Are Family Foundation, the organization founded by Nile Rodgers that seeks to promote global initiatives and cultural diversity through outreach programs.
Yup, in addition to 'Rupaul's Drag Race,' 'Pretty Little Liars' and 'Project Runway,' Adam's most famous TV role is probably his recurring character on 'Glee.' But even though we think it'd be a perfect fit, he's never appeared on 'Teen Wolf.' Um, how awesome would he be as a sexy werewolf?
Hype Williams directed "Ghost Town." The famous music video/fim director has created other memorable videos in the last three decades including TLC's "No Scrubs," Mariah Carey's "Sweetheart," Beyonce's "Drunk in Love," and Nicki MInaj's "Va Va Voom."
Both 'For Your Entertainment' and 'The Original High' peaked at No. 3, while 'Trespassing' topped the Billboard 200 making him the first openly gay musician to have the No. 1 album in the country.