Out powerhouses Melissa Etheridge and Adam Lambert took the stage at the 29th GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on Saturday (May 5) night to perform a rocking duet of Etheridge’s “I’m the Only One” from the landmark 1993 album Yes I Am.
The duo spoke to Billboard about the “freedom” of performing for a primarily LGBTQ audience. “We do most of our work in a straight world. The music industry is mainly straight,” Etheridge said. “I’m not afraid of a straight audience, but it’s a freedom to relax [at GLAAD]. It’s family. It’s like home.”
“At one point in time to be a musician in mainstream music, you had to second-guess some things or be careful what you said,” Lambert reflected. “It’s changing so rapidly, which is wonderful, and at an event like this we can be reminded that things are shifting night and day in the music industry, even compared to 10 years ago.”
Watch the performance below.