Lambert made his first post-Idol
performance when he closed the 2009 American Music Awards with this song
. The saucy performance featured various dancers in bondage gear, including a guy who Lambert led around by a leather rope. What caused a kerfuffle, though, was when Lambert, who made no secret that he was gay, kissed the guy playing keyboards. He didn't do the smooch in rehearsal, so ABC, which broadcast the show, was caught off guard. According to Lambert, he was supposed to be on the ABC morning show Good Morning America
the next day, but the appearance was cancelled. Lambert suffered no ill effects from the incident and earned plaudits from the LGBT community.