Adam Lambert and Cyndi Lauper – Mad World – (VIDEO)

Adam Lambert joined forces with the legendary Cyndi Lauper in a duet of “Mad World” last night at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

The performance was part of Cyndi’s annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” concert to benefit LGBT youth. That’s Bravo’s Andy Cohen introducing them. Also appearing were Sarah McLachlan, St. Vincent, Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Roberta Flack, Carson Kressley, Adam Duritz and David Immerglück of the Counting Crows, and more.

Watch the beautiful duet below

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  • fuzzywuzzy

    How cool that Cyndi asked Adam to sing a duet with her, and they both sounded terrific on “Mad World”. Adam seemed genuinely honored. Adam looked wonderful and sounded fabulous on WWFM too. It sounded like the show was a great success. So glad!

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  • Sharon S.

    Every time I think I’ve had my utter and complete fill of hearing Adam sing “Mad World”, he comes out with another version that makes me fall in love with it all over again.  Adam and Cyndi sounded absolutely incredible together.  I adore hearing Adam duet with other great singers; I wish he had the opportunity more often. 

    As for WWfM, after hearing innumerable contestants on various singing shows massacre that song, it should be clear it isn’t as easy to sing as Adam makes it appear to be.  Always seemingly effortless; always beautiful.

    Speaking of beautiful…Lyndsey Parker is doing her fangirl squee thang over Adam’s Fiasco magazine photos and article:

  • kmd23

    That was a very good performance by Adam and Cyndi. Also a great cause.

  • mmb

    Went to the show last night and it was terrific. Cyndi is a force of nature. Jason Mraz gave surprise appearance ( his foundation is a supporter of the True Colors Fund). Sarah McLachlan sounds gorgeous live, Jason sounds great too. Melanie Fiona, who is appearing on Divas w Adam/Kelly/Jordin performed and was amazing. Terri Nunn sang and she still sounds terrific. And if course Adam always sounds great live. Really good show. The MW duet sounded beautiful in the room

  • MellyPer1692

    Here’s the video from TALC. HD and it shows them both singing much more than the above video!

  • Sharon S.

    Ah, much better video – and as a bonus, it includes Andy Cohen’s awesome intro for Adam.  Thanks for posting!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    so beautiful… <3

  • girlygirltoo

    This is a gorgeous duet. How great is it that Cyndi Lauper invited Adam to perform with her? And at an event for such an important cause.


  • bridgette12

    absolutely beautiful duet, I would love to see those two record a song together. it’s amazing how Adam’s sound is so crystal clear and Cyndi’s is kind of quirky, but together, they took Mad World to another level. I would have never imagine that song as a duet, but it worked great.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree. I’ve learned that it’s hard to predict how two vocalists will sound together. Another example is that I didn’t think that Christina and Blake would sound good together, but they do.

  • Kariann Hart

    Now that was pretty!  So happy Adam was invited to be a part of the program.  The more exposure he has, the better!

  • hellomusicgirl

    Love this song. Loved it when he sang it on the show. REALLY love this duet! 
    Definitely love the cause they’re supporting. Love all around this morning!!

  • seldomused

    Wow, simply gorgeous!

    They really sound great together; each one weaving in and out of the other’s vocals..  Very nice!

  • marie

    Gorgeous, they were perfect together.

  • YankeeFan08

    Beautiful duet!  So sweet when Cyndi reaches out for Adam’s hand.

  • loveroftalent

    Absolute perfection….I think Adam can duet with anyone …Love to see him doing this more…What an honour for Adam to be asked by Cyndi to do a duet with her…I have always loved her…Loved the introduction for him too..Seemed like a great show.  Happy for all who got to attend…

  • seashellz51

    Mad World is sublime. Their voices blend so beautifully. I especially love the intro from Andy Cohen. WWFM was gorgeous as well. So glad Adam was invited to be a part of this. 

  • bridgette12

    That’s what made it so amazing, their voices blending in so well together. They make me want to hear more, I hope they do this again some time in the future. 

  • asifclueless

    Adam retweet TALC , HD video that MellyPer posted above.

    Love everything about this duet. Cyndi and Adam are incredible together.
    Like fuzzywuzzy had said .. Adam was genuinely honoured to be invited to performed with Cyndi, the great artist and humanitarian. He was thrilled.

    Adam was giving Cyndi the big notes at the end of the song. And Cyndi sang them brilliantly. Adam is great to do a duet with everybody. He is very generous and gets the best out of his duet singer.

    Andy Cohen’s intro was awesome. Yes … the perfect hair, eyes, clothes, style, and the VOCALS.  A Beautiful and Amazeballs Man!!!!

    I can’t open TALC video that Mell posted. So in case somebody else can’t like me .. I’ll post it again.

     Enjoy the full intro, the smiles, the hands holding, the hugs, the kissed and the Wonderful Duet. :)

    Cyndi Lauper & Adam Lambert – Mad World – Home for the Holidays Charity Concert – NYC

  • Pippygirl

    I guess I’m in the minority here but I didn’t think Cyndi sounded all that great. It does seem that Adam was doing his best to blend his clear voice with hers, but I would much have preferred to listen to him sing that song alone. It is one of my favorites from him.

  • asifclueless

    Great photos from the concert

    Hugs and Kisses, Meaningful Moment, Hold My Hand, Emotional !!

  • asifclueless

    Adam Lambert   ?@adamlambert


  • asifclueless

    Another great HD Full MW and WWFM with the intro, duet, banter in between


    Another beautiful, unique performance from Adam. Cyndi has always been one of my favorite artists and I have a lot of respect for the work she does for LGBT issues. This was another great honor for Adam and just loved Andy’s intro. The best part though was Adam imitating Cyndi before WWFM, lol, it was perfect!

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  • gferna

    I’m mad at the fact that “Tresspasing” went nowhere.  Please God, at least give us a tour for us, the hardcore fans… The idea of Adam singing Runnin or Take back, just one time, at least one time…

  • MellyPer1692

    He’s already said there’s going to be a US tour. Based on his one offs, more than just die hards attend.

    Anyway, back to the post topic, cyndi’s voice and. Adams mesh so well together, just lovely.

  • mmb

    You do know that he is touring abroad in February and March right?

  • Axxxel

    Yeah the “non-tour ” tour in Asia and Eastern Europe…

  • Axxxel

    Nice video, it is the first one that I saw in which Cindy’s last notes did not sound too sharp…In the other videos her last notes sounded a bit too much like shouting…

  • Axxxel

    Practice makes perfect…it takes a lot of duets before you get the perfect one…

    Adam Lambert duetting is fun to see… but my dream duet is either Adam with Pink singing “Wataya want from me” or Adam with Sarah Brightman..singing “The prayer”… Oh well, dream on…

  • Enough already!

    Thanks for posting this.   I would have loved to be in NYC to see this brief but sensational duet.  Looking forward to the Divas.   The prayer is also one of my favorites.

  • bridgette12

    I can’t wait for Divas, hoping we get a Adam/Kelly duet out of it. I would also love to hear him sing Underneath.

  • Goodvibes27

    Beautiful duet. I don’t follow Adam closely but check in on him from time to time. He didn’t disappoint on this performance.

  • loveroftalent

    I can’t even imagine Adam and Kelly singing Underneath together…It would be the most amazing thing ever….If not Underneath, I want to sing a ballad of some sort together…Somebody please make it happen, make someone could tweet Kelly since she takes song requests over twitter….And really beg her….

  • Miss Chaos

    For undisclosed reasons I do not want Kelly and Adam singing together.  Jordin, or any of the other girls on the show, would be find with me.  But Adam knows best so what will be will be, just so excited for the show, and please keep the scruff beard ;)

  • Susan Reiter

    Oh, it was time to hear Mad World again.  It has become a signature song for him and he has made it his own many many times.  Beautiflul and haunting.  Very appropriate for the show.

  • marmom07

    Adam did another amazing job, never any doubt. They sounded great together. I wasn’t fond of the last few high notes Cyndi sang but that is a minor quibble. I think dueting really makes a singer pay attention and focus more since it’s not just them with the band or someone accompanying them. They have to listen and interact live at so many levels (tone, tempo, loudness, which words to emphasize, blend, know when to sing together and when to counter point etc). The sum of two singers together can be better or worse than each singing alone. To be able to sing with another vocalist who is equally good must be a real treat.

    Can’t wait hear what he does on Divas!!

  • loveroftalent

    I don’t know your reasons for not wanting Adam and KElly singing together, which is fine, but a big YES for an Adam and Jordin duet…They would be another amazing pairing….

  • loveroftalent

    I was really hoping for a CHristmas song from ADam during this concert, but it didn’t happen..I hope one day he will…I love Christmas songs and would love to have one or two from my idol…The fans of other idols who do are so fortunate…

  • Mariyas

    ADAM never disappoints. And yes, he is always generous with his partner doing duets. Beautiful rendition of MW with Cyndi. And that word nervous, simply goosebumps!

  • iluvai

    Is Cyndi Lauper gay?  omg, love this.  Adam…. luv…  Such a beautiful duet.  ooooo….

  • iluvai

    Adam was the star on this.  :)

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  • asifclueless

    REMINDER: Adam’s schedule for tomorrow.

    Tomorrow morning, (Dec. 10).   CNN  -The show “Starting Point” with Soledad O’Brien 7am EST.

     -Wendy Williams on the CW channel. Check your listings. 1 pm EST

    Good Night !!!  :ZZZ:

  • iluvai

    So she’s not gay? She’s so weird, lol…

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Yeah that was my fave part too. When he started singing I have to closed my eyes and just feel it. His voice was so smooth and crystal clear. He was on perfect pitch throughout the song. His voice is just getting better and better with each passing year. I’m no expert but I feel his voice and tone become more fuller, richer and stronger.

  • girlygirltoo

    as far as I know, she’s straight (she’s married with a kid) :)

  • HKfan

    I didn’t think Cyndi Lauper sounded that good either, but I don’t really know her, only 2 songs from the 80’s…maybe thats her normal voice. the end notes sounded a bit off, and she seemed to be nervous and messed up her lyrics at the beginning of her verse. Holding her hand out, it seemed to me that she needed some reassurance after messing up…but maybe thats just me reading too much into it. Adam was amazing though, and really carried the pair of them. I love to see him duet, he seems to know instinctively how to act and sing with each duet partner. And I love that its being picked up by lots of entertainment sites.

  • loveroftalent

    Adam coming on next on CNN to talk about the Divas show…

  • loveroftalent

    Just watched Adam on CNN…He looked gorgeous.  His pesonality shone through and he makes it look so easy being interviewed…

  • bridgette12

    He looked like a star and he was so comfortable surrounded by all those news people. 

  • voicesinmyhead

    Cyndi Lauper supports the gay community because her sister is a lesbian and amongst other reasons i suppose.

  • voicesinmyhead

    Their voices complement each other. Cyndi sounded shrill in areas though but good effort!

  • weareallinnocent