Almost certain to provoke a new ruckus at the FCC, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert's live performance at Sunday Night's American Music Awards was regarded as so salacious by ABC, which broadcast it, that portions of it were deleted for the West Coast rebroadcast. Lambert expressed outrage. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times , Lambert said, "If it's gonna be edited, then in a way that's discrimination. I don't mean to get political, but Madonna, Britney and Christina weren't edited. ... It's a shame. Female entertainers have been risque for years. Honestly, there's a huge double standard." The Times offered a clip of the performance on its website, but clicking on it brought up the notice, "This video has been removed due to terms of use violation." Lambert's performance drew attention from the awards themselves and particularly detracted from the triumph of Taylor Swift, who received five trophies. It was the second time Swift had been upstaged at an awards ceremony. In September, when she won for Best Female Video at MTV's Video Music Awards, rapper Kanye West leaped onto the stage and yelled that Beyoncé should have received the award.

23/11/2009