George Michael, WHAM!
‘So I'm never gonna dance again, the way I danced with you’ — Careless Whisper
An unfortunate late entry in the 2016 Tribute page, George Michael was one of the most successful pop artists of the past three decades, firstly as a member alongside Andrew Ridgeley as the dance-pop duo WHAM!, then as a successful solo artist, which saw his first album ‘Faith’ sell in excess of over 20 million copies worldwide. Michael was a true musical talent, having not only written the majority of his songs, but produced and mixed most of his albums as well, most notably for such songs as ‘Wake Me Up before you Go-Go’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Faith’, and his mega-popular Christmas hit, ‘Last Christmas’, which, if you pay attention to the lyrics, has barely anything to do with the holiday itself. Whilst Michael was infamously in the public eye for drug addiction and the jail time that followed, Michael shared his vast fortune donating to charity, although insisted on donating anonymously. Michael purchased John Lennon’s famous ‘Imagine’ piano for over 1 million pounds, then donated it straight to a Beatles museum in Liverpool. Whilst he came out as gay quite later in his career in 1998, Michael became a staunch campaigner for LGBTQ rights, a proclamation many people admired at a time when one’s sexuality came under scrutiny in the public eye, especially for pop stars. As a winner of 17 prestigious worldwide awards including 2 Grammys and four Ivor Novello awards, Michael’s passing ended 2016 on a much sadder note nobody was expecting.
‘The Best of WHAM!’