NewNowNext Awards – Adam Lambert Gets Down and Funky!!

I’m writing this in two parts. This first is more of a quick report on the night, and the second part will be from Lila’s and my personal viewpoints and full of pictures!

Part One

The NewNowNext Awards 2012 was a star-studded occasion, complete with all the ingredients that make a heart go pitter-pat. It was held at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood, where The Beatles made their West Coast debut in 1964. Lila and I arrived just before 6 PM and the first well-known face I saw was Ross Mathews. From that moment on, I knew the night was going to be magical! The Red Carpet, scheduled from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM was in full-swing, occupied at this time mostly with personalities from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Lila and I were escorted into The Avalon from the back, fresh from the Red Carpet area, entering onto the main floor. I estimate there was seating for about 700 on the floor, with additional main floor raised seating, plus levels in the balcony. The main floor was set in rows, unlike last year’s tables. About 40% of the chairs had name signs on them, many of them celebrities’ names. Other signs were for industry-related people invited to this soirée. We were stunned to find we were seated in the 7th row, and my chair had my name on it!

We were treated to an open-bar in the back with hors d’oeuvres being circulated. Lila and I enjoyed this part very much, because we needed something to calm our nerves! Here we met several fabulous men from Time Warner and the Las Vegas “What Happens in Vegas” marketing campaign, who would become our companions later in the evening at the Afterparty. Over-head announcements started invited everyone to take their seats, since the show would begin in about 15 minutes and people slowly began to move to their seats. The seat kitty-corner to Lila’s had been labeled RuPaul, yet the occupant clearly wasn’t RuPaul! Next to her was Jiggly Caliente and Sharon Needles, both from Drag Race.

With about 10 minutes to go, we saw Adam and Sauli enter from the same back door area and take their seats in the first row. Celebrities were stopping and chatting with Adam, and I pulled Lila up with me to go talk to him. Even though I had just spoken with Adam last week at the San Diego morning radio station, mentioning that we were from the fansite nominated for the NNN award, it didn’t seem to register on his face that he knew what we were talking about. He just smiled and said, “oh, that’s great” and moved on to the next fan. (I know radio stations are hectic.) But now was the perfect time to introduce ourselves again. He was just finishing talking with someone, and I was about to step up, but Josh Hutcherson from The Hunger Games stepped in front of me. I waited, hearing “3 minutes to start time” and Josh left. I approached Adam, and said “Hi Adam, I just want to tell you how proud we are to be representing you with our fansite!” At first he just looked at me like another fan, and then the light went on in his eyes, and he gave me a big smile, saying thank you for all the work we do. I wanted Lila to have her time with him too, so I shifted to Sauli next to him and introduced myself and shook his hand. There was a Drag Queen next to Sauli that for some reason I didn’t recognize, who was listening to our conversation, so I figured she must be part of their group. I said “Hi, I’m sorry I don’t recognize you” and she replied “I’m Raja.” “Oh my gosh, I watched you all last season!” She smiled and shook my hand. It was time to go back to our seats, so as I passed in front of Adam again, he said “good luck, I’ll be crossing my fingers for you!” and he raised his hand to show me. I couldn’t keep myself from saying, “you know, this has been an incredible 15 minutes for me!” and he looked right at me with a big smile.

Lila and I melted all the way back to our seats! She told me about their conversation, and we were both sorry we didn’t have something recording it! She told him we were from the fansite, and he thanked her and told her he appreciates what the fansites do. Lila said “we do it for you. It’s all about you.” He replied with “no, it’s a symbiotic thing!” and he motioned his fingers back and forth between the two of them. Squee! Back at our chairs, I noticed that Jai Rodriguez had taken his seat behind me and I introduced myself. (Jai was my favorite cast member from Queer Eye For the Straight Guy.) See the second part for more on this.

Okay, sorry! I had to expand on that part!! Back to the straight report – no pun intended!

The show began and we were entertained by host Kelly Osborne and all the award presenters, as well as performances from Brink of Fame winner, Neon Hitch, Rye Rye, and Neon Trees, who gave an amazing performance of their new single “Everybody Talks.” I must add that Kelly Osborne did an outstanding job hosting the entire event. Her personality is so warm and infectious! They arrived at the part of the evening where they announced the award for Superfan Site, and Lila’s and my heart were beating out of our chests! Unfortunately, the fansite for Vampire Diaries took the award, and it was claimed by Kat Graham, who plays Bonnie Bennett on the show. No one from that fansite was able to attend and Bonnie said how much the show “really appreciates all the fans do for them” and we thought that was very nice.

Then it was time for the performance everyone was waiting for – Adam! He was closing the show, as only a top star does. Kelly gave him an amazing introduction (you can tell they’re good friends!) and Adam gave us his show-stopping new funk sound, with the first full-band performance of Trespassing that I’ve seen or heard. His energy was non-stop, his voice was full of fire and the show was electrified, ending in a shower of confetti! Adam had two female, gowned back-up singers on-stage with him. The entire theater was on their feet dancing and clapping to the syncopated beat, having the time of their life. Everyone knew they had just been entertained by a major star!

I was the only person on the floor filming Adam, and after 2,718 views in only about 3 hours the next morning, Viacom pulled the video. Adam has just tweeted what must be an approved version. You’ll see my turquoise arms holding the camera several times in this video! Lila’s in white, next to me. So ladies and gentlemen, get ready to get down and get funky!! You can watch the whole evening on LOGO, Monday, April 9th at 10 PM PT, repeating many times.

Love ya!

~ Carol ~

Go to Part 2 HERE

About Carol

I started writing on this site back in May 2009, not knowing what I was in for or where it would take me. I had no idea of the joy and personal satisfaction I'd find here. I never dreamed that I'd get to meet Adam, but that dream came true! The bonus of becoming such great friends with Lila and the other fans is what keeps me going. Music gets me though every day. In addition to Adam, I love Muse, Linkin Park, 80s and finding newer bands and supporting them by attending everything that's within 350 miles. With Adam, the boundaries are farther! Thanks for joining us on this ride! :)

Comments

  1. Yes, I could see your hands ,Carol! LOL! I wish one day I will also meet ADAM and get to talk with him eyeball to eyeball! That would be a glorious moment for me.

  2. Lila - Glamb #3 says:

    What a night! Thanks for the recap Carol!!!

  3. CORY -CORALYS says:

    I will flavvored and see him tonight in logo and i will recorded for see him every time…….

  4. How fantastic…I could feel the electricity in your typed words! I smiled the whole time reading it!
    So happy for you both…Again…CONGRATULATIONS Carol & Lila…You do an outstanding job at keeping us Glamberts in the loop. What a great night for you both.
    I have met Adam at a Meet & Greet in Vancouver…his first solo show after the Idol tour…he is incredible & what you see & hear in interviews is exactly how he interacts with the individual fans…he looked me right in the eyes and talked to “ME” like nobody else was in the room…It was one of the best days of my life!!!
    This album is going to be so AMAZING!!!
    Thanks again for all that you do!
    I just can’t get enough of Adam…
    XOX….Always….”ADAMICTED”

  5. glamity58 says:

    I am so jealous. I’d love to be up that close. Loved the performance…..I’ve watched it several times. Now I hear he may be singing with Queen in England again. Hopefully so much to look forward to….and oh, yes, the album.

  6. ElianeBrasil Glamb#577 says:

    Congrats Lila and Carol, and dreamsound
    I’m so proud of you because you bring me Adam almost every day. I see video and tink amazing show. I didn’t like this song until this performance. He was impecable.
    I love Sauli waching like a huge fan.
    When you meet him again, talk about me, a sooooooooo far fan from Brasil that bought almost $170 for 1 CD.
    I love him, and I love you that bring my smile every time you write.
    There’s no spoiler because we always see Adam over and over and over…
    Sorry my english and
    kisses / beijos

  7. M-E #444 says:

    Thank you so much for the description of your great night! We can imagine it right there with you. You all definitely deserved that award; you all are winners to us! Now I want to see Adam perform on a major network award show – like when he wins that Grammy! 😉

  8. Thank you Carol and Lila,

    I just want to thank you both on the wonderful job that your doing. I would love to help out in anyway, My dream is to work more with computer graphics and such and learn as much as i can. I am a very creative person.

    I can’t wait until May 15th to get the CD…

    Carol, did you change the date on Adam’s main page, cause I believe it still says the 20th of March (i think), can you check?

    Again, way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mike

  9. What a great recap of the night and I am so happy for both of you!! What a fantastic reward for all the great work you do! Living like a star for a day..how awesome! That is so cool you got the chance to speak with Adam Im sure his “thank you” was the best thing ever! As Michele said above he has such a way of making you feel special and important when talking to him and he is as kind and amazing in person as he is on tv! I have had the unreal pleasure of meeting him 3 times. I am glad you had fun-I bet it was 1 of the best days of your lives. Keep up the incredible work and I’m sure more great things will come your way!
    Many Thanks,
    Jen
    p.s. The performance was unbelievable! Thanks for the video 🙂

  10. Seen that Queen posted a total of 4 european shows with Adam since the cancelation of the last show. Roger Taylor said they would wait and see how ADam and Queen worked together before they booked or thought about more dates or ventures.

  11. debi gail says:

    you are having too much fun!
    i have two extra tickets for sale at what i paid for costa mesa..front of the section..not terrible seats but not amazing either..but base price from the venue..
    ..email me at tigerwuvver@yahoo.com