In 2011, Michael was hospitalized in Vienna with pneumonia in a case that resulted in a tracheotomy. For a time it was not known whether he would survive the illness.
Michael came to fame in 1982 as a part of the duo Wham! while he was still a teenager with his best mate Andrew Ridgeley. The duo had massive hits with “Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)” and “Last Christmas.”
While credited as aWham! song, “Careless Whisper” was a George Michael single that topped the charts around the world. Michael wrote the song on a bus when he was but 17-years-old.
The two-time Grammy Award winner released six solo studio albums with his debut solo release, “Faith,” earning Michael his first Grammy and went on to be certified with a Diamond Award by the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – for selling at least 10 million copies in the United States. His second Grammy Award came with the Aretha Franklin duet, “I Knew You Were Waiting,” a collaboration that earned Michael the distinction of being the first white person to duet on a recording with Franklin.
At the time of his death, George Michael was working on a new album and a documentary.
Over the course of his career, Michael had sold over 100 million albums around the world.
During his career, George Michael worked with Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Sir Elton John, Mary J Blige, Jody Watley, Queen, Luciano Pavarotti, Whitney Houston, Astrud Gilberto, Paula Abdul, Sir Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett and a posthumous duet with Ray Charles.
Wham! became the first western band to perform in China and were a part of the charity single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”
His other accomplishments include three Ivor Novella Songwriter of the Year Awards, three American Music Awards, an MTV Award, the MTV Europe Video Music Vanguard Award, MTV European Video Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BRIT Awards, and he is a nominee for the 2017 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963, the son of an English dancer mother and Greek restaurateur father.
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