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Adam Lambert picked by Entertainment Weekly, MTV News as one of year’s top entertainers


That’s what Entertainment Weekly calls San Diego’s Adam Lambert in its latest issue, devoted to 2009’s “Best & Worst.”

Adam is one of the best, of course. In fact, he’s No. 8 on the list of Entertainers of the Year. (Sandra Bullock is No. 1 and Lady Gaga, who’s much-admired by Adam, is No. 3.)

We’d rank Adam first. But then, we’re a wee bit biased. Having cheered his rise to stardom and chatted with him recently at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, we can’t help but believe that Adam is now the most famous entertainer to have grown up in San Diego.

In the Entertainment Weekly spread, he’s practically Vogue-worthy — a guylinered, sleek-figured sex symbol in all his leathery glory. There’s even a shiny motorcycle, a fake tear (applied with glittery makeup) and, in one photo, a facial expression that’s positively Elvisoid.

“I’m just me. I am flamboyant. I am gay,” says the Mt. Carmel High School graduate, who turns 28 on January 29. “And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.”

Is it my imagination or does Adam seem to be just about everywhere these days?

He’s No. 3 on the MTV News list of Men of the Year. In People magazine’s edition of “Best and Worst of 2009,” he ranks No. 10 on the list of “Most Googled Celebrities.”

The media blitz for his debut album, “For Your Entertainment,” has included TV shows hosted by everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to Conan O’Brien.

He also appeared with Barbara Walters. Part of her program titled “Ten Most Fascinating People of 2009,” the segment about Adam seemed to be a way to introduce him to Middle America, with Walters as the grandmotherly guide who was respectful if a little reproachful. (Naughty boy!)

Then there was the gal-fueled gab-fest on “The View,” which began and ended with hugs. Adam talked about his controversial AMA appearance (”it was a crazy performance — I got carried away”) as well as more amusing matters, such as his youthful fascination with makeup (”My mom used to say ‘Stay out of my makeup drawer - it’s mine!’”).

To those who admire Adam’s musicianship, the highlight of such shows is his singing. During ”Whataya Want From Me” (or, if you prefer, “What Do You Want From Me”), the plaintive ballad he sang on “The View,” he emphasized virtuosity and emotional vulnerability in lines like “I won’t let you down.”

We believe you, Adam.

Valerie Scher is the SDNN Arts & Entertainment editor. You can reach her at valerie.scher(at)sdnn.com; follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/vscher.