October 14th, 2009
02:50 PM ET

The new troika: Paula Abdul, Adam Lambert and Snoop

Paula Abdul sported a black church lady hat and Adam Lambert rocked a skinny bow tie, but it was Snoop Dogg who elicited catcalls from the media when he strolled into the Beverly Hills press conference to announce nominees for the 2009 American Music Awards. The rapper had traded in his signature football jersey and braids for a vest, a velvet blazer, a slicked-back ponytail and a pair of nerd glasses. "This is about me stepping up and becoming a bigger, better person and becoming a business," he confided after the presser. "I'm the new President/Creative Director of Priority Records." Does this mean the iconic hip-hop star has turned over a new leaf, so to speak? Well, judge for yourself. When we asked him if marijuana should be legalized, he had this to say: "You know how I stand. I stand very high on that!"

Lambert tells us he's been buried in a studio, working on his new album - which he described as "glam rock packaged in a pop sensibility." He gave a thumbs-up to the gay rights rally that took place in D.C. over the weekend, saying "I think it's great. I think it's a civil rights issue, and I think people deserve to be heard on it. I believe in equal rights for everybody." He said his Rolling Stone cover story was liberating. "To really sit down with a reporter and talk about me from the ground up was really, really great, and I feel like we got a lot of stuff out of the closet - literally cleaned out that closet - so hopefully people can focus on the music." His debut CD hits stores November 24th - two days after he performs on the AMAs.

As for Ms. Paula Abdul... she gave us this Sarah Palin-esque answer when we asked if a show in Vegas was in the cards as part of her post-"Idol" life. "I have many different opportunities in Las Vegas, which I've been offered for years, but the timing is right because I have TV projects that I'm doing - a lot of different things that are very exciting that I get to continue to live my dream now."

However, she was much more succinct when discussing frustration that the "Idol" women have been pitted against each other in the media. "No one ever said anything about the guys, and I know for a fact there was jealousy going around with the guys - bigger dressing rooms, trailers, someone buys a house for X amount of millions, and the other one says, 'Well, I bought the whole land.' And then somebody got J. Lo's interior designer. 'Well, I bought J. Lo!' That's how it would work, you know."

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Joel

    Hey Sandy,

    I mean no disrespect here.

    Is Adam great??? Sure. Is he the hottest thing to hit rock music in a long time??? That one is just way too early to tell.

    I hope the guy does well but please don't compare him to Elvis.
    All they have in common is the dark hair and leather.

    October 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sandy

    Franky, my boy . . . where have you been? Under a rock?????? American Idol is shown in the Land of Lincoln. Adam Lambert is just the hottest thing to hit the rock music scene in a long time and he was introduced to us via American Idol. He has been described as, and I agree, a cross between Elvis and David Bowie.

    October 15, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I swear but Snoop Dogg trips me out every time he speaks but that's him, very high! He's on his class of his own and can do it and as for Lambert...I don't even know who the heck she or he is! 🙂

    And of course, my girl Paula. I find it interesting that she was out of the Idol and got Ellen for the show. Maybe they did it for numerous reasons but it is kind of odd not seeing her there for the show. I don't know how Ellen will make a difference and she got some dancing skills...is alright, is alright. But to see paula not in the show is in fact odd but I'm sure she'll get something in the long run...or as she says, someone will buy her out and someone will.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |

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