Adam Lambert surely doesn't have to prove his vocal prowess, but the former "American Idol" contestant set the bar even higher with his rendition of Rihanna's "Stay."
Lambert covered Rihanna's heart-wrenching ballad, "Stay," on Sunday night to the sold out audience at Uniqlo-AX Hall in Seoul, South Korea, according to Towleroad. He debuted the cover for the kick-off of his "We Are Glamily" tour.
On Feb. 11, Lambert teased fans with a 36-second clip of him singing "Stay," the duet Rihanna performed with Mikky Ekko at the 2013 Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.
I Love this song "STAY".keek.com/!zdUgbab— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) February 11, 2013
His teaser clip got amazing reviews from some of music's biggest critics.
"First off, he one-upped the original artist," Fuse writes. "Secondly, he did so within 24 hours of the video's official release. Thirdly, he outperformed Rihanna and he's only posted 37 seconds of his version so far."
Despite the pop face-off, Lambert has nothing but respect for RiRi.
@rihanna - best she's ever sounded!! Wow. Full of such beautiful and haunting emotion.— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) February 11, 2013
The 31-year-old has made headlines for covering some of the world's most celebrated artists, like David Bowie and Madonna. He has even served as the Queen frontman, replacing the late Freddie Mercury for a mini-tour last summer.
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'American Idol' Days
Though Lambert moved "Idol" audiences and judges to standing ovations with his weekly performances (including his acoustic cover of Tears for Fears' hit "Mad World") during the eighth season, he lost the title to Kris Allen.
Speculation about Lambert's sexuality began during his 'Idol' stint. One of the many articles to do so was this cover story in <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>, though Lambert was not interviewed for the piece as contestants are prohibited from giving individual interviews while competing.
Coming Out In Rolling Stone
After "Idol" ended, Lambert landed the cover of <em>Rolling Stone</em>, finally speaking openly about being gay. "I'm proud of my sexuality," he told the magazine at the time. "I embrace it. It's just another part of me."
2009 American Music Awards
Of his steamy man-on-man kiss during his performance of the debut single "For Your Entertainment," Lambert now tells <em>The Advocate</em>: "Not everything is so premeditated as people think it is. There are things that just happen, there are things you just do. It was an impulse."
The controversial AMA performance turned out to be the perfect launching pad for Lambert's debut album, which contained hit singles like the title track and the Grammy-nominated "Whataya Want From Me," which was co-written by Pink.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Lambert took to The Ellen DeGeneres Show in early 2010 with a revealing interview and live performance.
Glam Nation Tour
After the release of his debut, Lambert embarked on his "Glam Nation" world tour, performing numbers like the high-energy "If I Had You."
'Outlaws Of Love'
Last summer, Lambert debuted "Outlaws of Love," a single off his upcoming 2012 album for the Sainte Agathe Festival in Canada. "All of things I've been talking about in the past year...a lot of them boil down to acceptance," he told the crowd. "This is a song I wrote about how it feels...like you're just running from the law."