Adam Lambert: 'It's hard to convince the gatekeepers on the pronoun stuff'
Adam Lambert has revealed that the "gatekeepers" of the music industry still aren't completely comfortable with openly gay artists singing songs about romantic same-sex interests.
Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' is gender neutral and Smith's cover of Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know' saw the singer change the lyrics from 'there's a boy' to 'oh, it's you'.
During a chat with Digital Spy, 'Ghost Town' hitmaker Lambert explained that things are definitely changing, but there's still a long way to go:
"I think there have been a lot of things in general that have shifted within the LGBT community and mainstream acceptance. There's not as much of a reason to be scared of it, because people in general aren't scared of it."
He went onto add that while British artists like Sam Smith and Years & Years are paving the way in the UK, he wishes there were more doing the same in his native America:
"It'd be nice if there was more... I think it'll happen slowly but surely. There are success stories happening and that's the biggest thing for the music industry. They need to see that it actually works in order for them to feel comfortable with it. The audiences are there for it, but the industry needs to come around a bit more to it. They are, but it's the last piece."
"Luckily we're in a moment right now with streaming where there's more power put back into the artist's and audience's hands. But the gatekeepers who make a lot of the other big decisions in the music industry, those are the ones hardest to convince on certain things. That's the reasoning for some of that pronoun stuff."
Watch Lambert talking about America's new LGBT laws below:
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