Maroon 5 has been nominated for a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Grammy (to be awarded Feb. 12), but the band’s lead singer – Adam Levine – is utilizing all of the current publicity not for album sales or votes, but for gay rights.
According to AOL Music, “We [the band] used to go to this Mexican restaurant to celebrate after the Grammys but the place supported the movement to make gay marriage illegal [in California] so we bailed on that.” Levine was referencing Proposition 8.
“The Voice” judge used his public platform earlier this year in an interview with Out magazine. Levine, whose brother is gay, referenced David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury in the interview as straight rockers who had a little swagger in their day to make some fans mull over their sexuality. He told reporters in September:
If people didn’t think there was a small chance I was gay, then I wouldn’t be doing my job very well. I wouldn’t be the front man of a band if that question hadn’t come up at some point.
I’m extremely comfortable in my sexuality. So I can think, “Oh, that’s a good-looking dude.” Acknowledging that someone’s attractive and wanting to [sleep with them] are two different things.
Following his interview with Out, he used his Twitter account in October to tell Fox News what he really thought of their brand, saying, “Dear Fox News, don’t play our music on your evil f***ing channel ever again. Thank you.”
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