Adam Lambert rose to fame with his runner-up finish on the eighth season of American Idol, before achieving critical and commercial success with For Your Entertainment and subsequent studio albums. He sang Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody during his audition for American Idol and hit it off with the classic rockers when they all performed together on the finale of the eighth season. This sparked the beginning of a lengthy collaboration between Adam and the band's surviving founding members, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor; Lambert joined them for a performance at the 2011 MTV Europe Awards, and by the following year they were formally touring together. Their partnership showing no signs of diminishing, Lambert again fronted for Queen at the February 2019 Academy Awards, a few months before they were scheduled to embark on the Rhapsody Tour across five countries.
He is well known for his theatrical performance style and meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of his personal presentation. He draws upon extensive stage experience to refine and define his image through fashion and other imagery, which are essential to how he chooses to inhabit his songs and showcase his individuality.
His signature flamboyance and glam rock styling was a break-out moment in men's fashion, and was duly noted by fashion publications, in terms of crossing style boundaries and being unabashedly individual.