'American Idol': Adam Lambert hopes Grammy nom will help fade show's stigma

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"American Idol" Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert was recently nominated for a Grammy for best male pop performance for his smash hit song "Whataya Want From Me."

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lambert discusses how he hopes the nomination will give contestants who break into the industry though a competition show more credit.

"In addition to the writers and producers of the track, I hope that at this point, after all the hard work I've done over the past year, the nomination will give me credibility as a true vocalist in the industry, and perhaps help fade some of the stigma that comes from rising to fame on a competition show," he says.

Lambert also says that while "Idol" gave him the opportunity and tools to break out, the show doesn't deserve all of the credit. "I believe 'American Idol' is a dream platform for any artist. It did not however, teach me how to sing or perform. I made music for years prior to the show but knew that most major labels wouldn't be interested in me as a mainstream pop artist unless I could develop a legitimate fan base and prove that I had talent," he says.

"'Idol' gave me these opportunities. But I feel I earned my current success by preparing and executing a variety of strong performances every week on the show and being comfortable being different."

How did Lambert find out that his song, which was originally intended for Pink, was nominated? "I was awoken by my manager in the morning while in Paris. Much more effective than my usual cup of coffee to wake me up," he says. "I was so excited! After our call, I saw that a bunch of friends and family had texted and written emails."

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