Early lifeGeorge Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou () on 25 June 1963 in East Finchley, London. His father, Kyriacos Panayiotou (nicknamed "Jack"),''A Different Story''; George Michael Biographical DVD was a restaurateur who emigrated to England in the 1950s. His mother, Lesley Angold (''née'' Harrison, died 1997), was an English dancer. In June 2008, Michael told the ''George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou dies
Wham!Michael formed the duo with in 1981. The band's first album '' '' reached No. 1 in the UK in 1983 and produced a series of top 10 singles including " Young Guns", " Wham Rap!" and " ". Their second album, '' '', reached No. 1 on the charts in the US. Singles from that album included " " (No. 1 in the UK and US), " ", " ", and " " which reached No. 1 in nearly 25 countries, including the UK and US, and was Michael's first solo effort as a single. In December 1984, the single " " was released. In 1985 Michael received the first of his three for Songwriter of the Year from the . Michael sang on the original Band Aid recording of " " (which became the UK Christmas number one) and donated the profits from "Last Christmas" and "Everything She Wants" to charity. Michael sang "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" with at at Wembley Stadium in London on 13 July 1985. He also contributed background vocals to 's 1985 hit "The Last Kiss", as well as Elton John's 1985 successes " " and " Wrap Her Up". Michael cited Cassidy as a major career influence and interviewed Cassidy for David Litchfield's '' Ritz Newspaper''. Wham!'s tour of China in April 1985, the first visit to China by a Western popular music act, generated worldwide media coverage, much of it centred on Michael. Before Wham!'s appearance in China, many kinds of music in the country were forbidden. The band's manager, , had spent 18 months trying to convince Chinese officials to let the duo play. The audience included members of the Chinese government, and Chinese television presenter, Kan Lijun, who was the on stage host, spoke of Wham!'s historic performance: Wham! performed their hits with scantily clad dancers and strobing disco lights. According to Napier-Bell, Michael tried to get the crowd to clap along to "Club Tropicana", but "they hadn't a clue – they thought he wanted applause and politely gave it", before adding some Chinese did eventually "get the hang of clapping on the beat." A UK embassy official in China stated "there was some lively dancing but this was almost entirely confined to younger western members of the audience." The tour was documented by film director and producer Martin Lewis in their film '' ''. With the success of Michael's solo singles, " " (1984) and " " (1986), rumours of an impending break up of Wham! intensified. The duo officially separated in 1986, after releasing a farewell single, " " and a farewell compilation, '' The Final'' (their third album '' '' was released in North America and Japan), plus a sell-out concert at that included the world premiere of the China film. The Wham! partnership ended officially with the commercially successful single "The Edge of Heaven", which reached No. 1 on the UK chart in June 1986.
1987–1989During early 1987, at the beginning of his solo career, Michael released " ", a duet with . "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve an ambition by singing with one of his favourite artists. It scored number one on both the and the US ''Billboard'' Hot 100 upon its release. For Michael, it became his third consecutive solo number one in the UK from three releases, after 1984's "Careless Whisper" (though the single was actually from the Wham! album '' '') and 1986's " ". The single was also the first Michael had recorded as a solo artist which he had not written himself. The co-writer, , was unknown at the time; he later had success as a performer with the band in 1988. Michael and Aretha Franklin won a in 1988 for Best R&B Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for the song. In late 1987, Michael released his debut solo album, '' ''. The first single released from the album was " ", in mid-1987. The song was banned by many radio stations in the UK and US, due to its sexually suggestive lyrics.George Michael: I Want Your Sex – Banned Songs – Music
1990s'' Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1'' was released in September 1990. For this album, Michael tried to create a new reputation as a serious-minded artist; the title is an indication of his desire to be taken more seriously as a songwriter.Listen Without Prejudice
2000sIn 2000, Michael worked on the hit single "If I Told You That" with Whitney Houston, a song which was meant to feature Michael Jackson, initially. Michael co-produced on the single along with Rodney Jerkins. Michael began working on what became his fifth studio album, spending two years in the recording studio. His first single "Freeek!", taken from the new album, was successful in Europe going to No. 1 in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Denmark in 2002 and reaching the top 10 in the UK and the top 5 in Australia. It made 22 charts around the world. However, his next single "Shoot the Dog" proved to be controversial when released in July 2002. It was acutely critical of US President George W. Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It reached No. 1 in Denmark and made the top 5 in most European charts. It peaked at No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart. In February 2003, Michael unexpectedly recorded another song in protest against the looming Iraq war, Don McLean's "The Grave". The original was written by McLean in 1971 and was a protest against the Vietnam War. Michael performed the song on numerous TV shows including ''Top of the Pops'' and ''So Graham Norton''. His performance of the song on ''Top of the Pops'' on 7 March 2003 was his first studio appearance on the programme since 1986. He ran into conflict with the show's producers for an anti-war, anti Blair T-shirt worn by some members of his band. In response, Don McLean issued a statement, through his website, praising Michael's recording: "I am proud of George Michael for standing up for life and sanity. I am delighted that he chose a song of mine to express these feelings. We must remember that the Wizard is really a cowardly old man hiding behind a curtain with a loud microphone. It takes courage and a song to pull the curtain open and expose him. Good Luck George." On 17 November 2003, Michael re-signed with Sony Music, the company he had left in 1995 after a George Michael Vs Sony, legal battle. When Michael's fifth studio album, ''Patience'', was released in 2004, it was critically acclaimed and went to No. 1 on the , and became one of the fastest selling albums in the UK, selling over 200,000 copies in the first week alone. In Australia it reached No. 2 on 22 March. It reached the Top 5 on most European charts, and peaked at No. 12 in the US, selling over 500,000 copies to earn a RIAA certification, Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, RIAA. "Amazing (George Michael song), Amazing", the third single from the album, became a No. 1 hit in Europe. When Michael appeared on ''The Oprah Winfrey Show'' on 26 May 2004, to promote the album, he performed "Amazing", along with his classic songs " " and " ". On the show Michael spoke of his arrest, revealing his homosexuality, and his resumption of public performances. He allowed Oprah's crew inside his home outside London. The fourth single taken off the album was "Flawless (Go to the City), Flawless", which used the sample of the Ones' original dance hit "Flawless". It was a dance hit in Europe as well as North America, reaching No. 1 on the ''Billboard'' Hot Dance Club Play and became Michael's last No. 1 single on the US Dance chart. In November 2004, Sony released the fifth single – "Round Here". It was the least successful single taken from ''Patience'' when it stalled the UK charts at No. 32. In 2005, "John and Elvis Are Dead" was released as the sixth and final single from the album; it was released as a download single and was therefore unable to chart in the UK. Michael told BBC Radio 1 on 10 March 2004 that future music that he puts out would be available for download, with fans encouraged to make a donation to charity. ''Twenty Five'' is Michael's second greatest hits album, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his music career. Released in November 2006 by Sony BMG, it debuted at no.1 in the UK. The album contains songs chiefly from Michael's solo career but also from his earlier days in It comes in two formats: two CDs or a limited edition three-CD set. The 2-CD set contained 26 tracks, including four recorded with Wham! and three new songs: "An Easier Affair"; "This Is Not Real Love" (a duet with Mutya Buena, formerly of Sugababes, which peaked at No.15 in the UK Charts); and a new version of "Heal the Pain" recorded with Paul McCartney. The limited edition three-CD version contains an additional 14 lesser known tracks, including one from Wham! and one new song, "Understand". ''Twenty Five'' was released in North America on 1 April 2008 as a 29-song, two-CD set featuring several new songs (including duets with Paul McCartney and Mary J. Blige and a song from the short-lived TV series'' Eli Stone'') in addition to many of Michael's successful songs from both his solo and Wham! career. To commemorate the ''Twenty Five'' album, Michael toured North America for the first time in 17 years, playing large venues in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Tampa/St. Pete, Chicago and Dallas. The DVD version of ''Twenty Five'' contains 40 videos on two discs, including seven with Wham! During the 2005 Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London, Hyde Park, London, Michael joined Paul McCartney on stage, harmonising on The Beatles classic "Drive My Car". In 2006, Michael embarked on his first tour in 15 years, . The tour began in Barcelona, Spain, on 23 September and finished in December at Wembley Arena in England. According to his website, the 80-show tour was seen by 1.3 million fans. On 12 May 2007 in Coimbra, Portugal, he began the European "25 Live Stadium Tour 2007", including London and Athens, and ending on 4 August 2007 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. There were 29 tour dates across Europe. On 9 June 2007 Michael became the first artist to perform live at the newly renovated Wembley Stadium in London, where he was later fined £130,000 for over-running the programme for 13 minutes."Michael makes history at Wembley"
2010sIn early 2010, Michael performed his first concerts in Australia since 1988. On 20 February 2010, Michael performed his first show in Perth at the Burswood Dome to an audience of 15,000. On 2 March 2011, Michael announced the release of his cover version of New Order (band), New Order's 1987 hit "True Faith (song), True Faith" in aid of the UK charity telethon Comic Relief. Michael appeared on Comic Relief itself, featuring in the first Carpool Karaoke sketch of James Corden, with the pair singing songs while Corden drove around London. On 15 April 2011, Michael released a cover of Stevie Wonder's 1972 song, "You and I (We Can Conquer the World), You and I", as an MP3 gift to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton on the occasion of Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, their wedding on 29 April 2011. Although the MP3 was released for free download,George Covers Stevie Wonder for Will & Kate
Sexuality and relationshipsMichael stated that his early fantasies were about women, which "led me to believe I was on the path to heterosexuality", but at puberty he started to fantasise about men, which he later said "had something to do with my environment". At the age of 19, Michael told Andrew Ridgeley that he was bisexual. Michael also told one of his two sisters, but he was advised not to tell his parents about his sexuality. In a 1999 interview with ''The Advocate (LGBT magazine), The Advocate'', Michael told the Editor in Chief, Judy Wieder, that it was "falling in love with a man that ended his conflict over bisexuality". "I never had a moral problem with being Homosexuality, gay", Michael told her. "I thought I had fallen in love with a woman a couple of times. Then I fell in love with a man, and realised that none of those things had been love." In 2004, Michael said, "I used to sleep with women quite a lot in the Wham! days but never felt it could develop into a relationship because I knew that, emotionally, I was a gay man. I didn't want to commit to them but I was attracted to them. Then I became ashamed that I might be using them. I decided I had to stop, which I did when I began to worry about AIDS, which was becoming prevalent in Britain. Although I had always had safe sex, I didn't want to sleep with a woman without telling her I was bisexual. I felt that would be irresponsible. Basically, I didn't want to have that uncomfortable conversation that might ruin the moment, so I stopped sleeping with them." In the same interview, he added: "If I wasn't with Kenny [his boyfriend at the time], I would have sex with women, no question". He said he believed that the formation of his sexuality was "a nurture thing, via the absence of my father who was always busy working. It meant I was exceptionally close to my mother", though he stated that "there are definitely those who have a predisposition to being gay in which the environment is irrelevant." In 2007, Michael said he had hidden the fact he was gay because of worries over what effect it might have on his mother. Two years later, he added: "My depression at the end of Wham! was because I was beginning to realise I was gay, not bisexual." During the late 1980s, Michael had a relationship with make-up artist Kathy Jeung, who was regarded for a time as his artistic "muse" and who appeared in the " " video. Michael later said that she had been his "only bona fide" girlfriend, and that she knew of his bisexuality. In 2016, Jeung reacted to Michael's death by calling him a "true friend" with whom she had spent "some of the best time of [her] life". In 1992, Michael established a relationship with Anselmo Feleppa, a Brazilian dress designer who he had met at the Rock in Rio concert in 1991. Six months into their relationship, Feleppa discovered that he was HIV/AIDS, HIV-positive. Michael later said: "It was terrifying news. I thought I could have the disease too. I couldn't go through it with my family because I didn't know how to share it with them – they didn't even know I was gay." In 1993, Feleppa died of an AIDS-related Cerebral haemorrhage, brain haemorrhage. Michael's single, "Jesus to a Child", is a tribute to Feleppa (Michael consistently dedicated it to him before performing it live), as is his album '' '' (1996). In 2008, speaking about the loss of Feleppa, Michael said: "It was a terribly depressing time. It took about three years to grieve, then after that I lost my mother. I felt almost like I was cursed." In 1996, Michael entered into a long-term relationship with Kenny Goss, a former flight attendant, cheerleading coach, and sportswear executive from Dallas. They had a home in Dallas, a 16th-century house in , and an £8 million mansion in Highgate, North London. In late November 2005, it was reported that Michael and Goss planned to register their relationship as a Civil partnership in the United Kingdom, civil partnership in the UK, but because of negative publicity and his upcoming tour, they postponed their plans. On 22 August 2011, the opening night of his Symphonica Tour, Symphonica world tour, Michael announced that he and Goss had split two years earlier. Michael's homosexuality became publicly known following his April 1998 arrest for public lewdness. In 2007, Michael said "that hiding his sexuality made him feel 'fraudulent', and his eventual outing, when he was arrested [...] in 1998, was a subconsciously deliberate act." In 2012, Michael entered a relationship with Fadi Fawaz, an Australian celebrity hairstylist and freelance photographer based in London. It was Fawaz who found Michael's body on Christmas morning 2016.
Legal troublesOn 7 April 1998, Michael was arrested for "Cottaging, engaging in a lewd act" in a public restroom of the Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills, California. Michael was arrested by undercover policeman Marcelo Rodríguez in a sting operation using so-called "pretty police". In an MTV interview, Michael stated: "I got followed into the restroom and then this cop—I didn't know it was a cop, obviously—he started playing this game, which I think is called, 'I'll show you mine, you show me yours, and then when you show me yours, I'm going to wikt:nick#Verb, nick you!'" After pleading "Nolo contendere, no contest" to the charge, Michael was fined US$810 and sentenced to 80 hours of community service. Soon afterwards, Michael made a video for his single "Outside (George Michael song), Outside", which satirised the public toilet incident and featured men dressed as policemen kissing. Rodríguez claimed that this video "mocked" him, and that Michael had slandered him in interviews. In 1999, he brought a US$10 million court case in California against the singer. The court dismissed the case, but an appellate court reinstated it on 3 December 2002. The court then ruled that Rodríguez, as a public official, could not legally recover damages for emotional distress. On 23 July 2006, Michael was again accused of engaging in anonymous sex, anonymous public sex, this time at London's Hampstead Heath. The anonymous partner was incorrectly stated to be a 58-year-old unemployed van driver. Michael stated that he cruising for sex, cruised for anonymous sex and that this was not an issue in his relationship with partner Kenny Goss. In February 2006, Michael was arrested for possession of Class C drugs, an incident that he described as "my own stupid fault, as usual". He was cautioned by the police and released. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to drug–impaired driving after obstructing the road at traffic lights in Cricklewood in northwest London, and was subsequently banned from driving for two years and sentenced to community service. On 19 September 2008, Michael was arrested in a public restroom in the Hampstead Heath area for possession of Class A and C drugs. He was taken to the police station and cautioned for controlled substance possession. In the early hours of Sunday 4 July 2010, Michael was returning from the Gay Pride parade, when he was spotted on CCTV crashing his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, north London, and was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive. On 12 August, London's Metropolitan Police said he was "charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs". It was reported that Michael had also been taking the prescription medication amitriptyline. On 24 August 2010, the singer pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in London after admitting driving under the influence of drugs. On 14 September 2010, at the same court, Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, a fine, and a five-year ban from driving. Michael was released from HM Prison Highpoint South, Highpoint Prison in Suffolk on 11 October 2010, after serving four weeks.
HealthMichael struggled with substance abuse. He was arrested for drug-related offences in 2006, 2008, and 2010. In September 2007, on BBC Radio 4's ''Desert Island Discs'', Michael said that his cannabis (drug), cannabis use was a problem; he wished he could smoke less of it and was constantly trying to do so. On 5 December 2009, in an interview with ''The Guardian'', Michael explained he had cut back on cannabis and was smoking only 'seven or eight' Joint (cannabis), spliffs per day instead of the 25 per day he had formerly smoked. Michael also abused sleeping pills. On 26 October 2011, Michael cancelled a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London due to a viral infection. On 21 November, Vienna General Hospital admitted Michael after he complained of chest pains while at a hotel two hours before his performance at a venue there for his Symphonica Tour. Michael appeared to be "in good spirits" and responded well to treatment following his admittance, but on 25 November hospital officials said that his condition had "worsened overnight". This development led to cancellations and postponements of Michael's remaining 2011 performances, which had been scheduled mainly for the United Kingdom. The singer was later confirmed to have suffered from pneumonia and, until 1 December, was in an intensive care unit; at one point, he was comatose. On 21 December the hospital discharged him. Michael told the press that the staff at the hospital had saved his life and that he would perform a free concert for them. While making the speech, he became emotional and breathless. During the speech, he also mentioned that he had undergone a tracheotomy. After waking from the coma, Michael had a temporary West Country English, West Country accent, and there was concern he had developed foreign accent syndrome. On 16 May 2013, Michael sustained a head injury when he fell from his moving car on the M1 motorway, near St Albans in Hertfordshire, and was airlifted to hospital.
PoliticsMichael's father had a background as a communist, when Michael was 15 years old he joined the youth organisation affiliated to the Communist Party, the Young Communist League (Great Britain), Young Communist League, under his Greek name. During the time of Margaret Thatcher as the Conservative Party (UK), Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom throughout the 1980s, Michael voted Labour Party (UK), Labour. In 2000, Michael joined Melissa Etheridge, Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, the Pet Shop Boys, and k.d. lang, to perform in Washington, D.C. as part of Equality Rocks, a concert to benefit the Human Rights Campaign, an American LGBT rights group. His 2002 single "Shoot the Dog" was critical of the friendly relationship between the UK and US governments, in particular the relationship between Tony Blair and George W. Bush, with their involvement in the Iraq War. Michael voiced his concern about the lack of public consultation in the UK regarding the War on Terror: "On an issue as enormous as the possible bombing of Iraq, how can you represent us when you haven't asked us what we think?" In 2006, Michael performed a free concert for National Health Service, NHS nurses in London to thank the nurses who had cared for his late mother. He told the audience: "Thank you for everything you do — some people appreciate it. Now if we can only get the government to do the same thing." In 2007, Michael sent the £1,450,000 piano that John Lennon used to write "Imagine (John Lennon song), Imagine" around the United States on a "peace tour", displaying at places where notable acts of violence had taken place, such as Dallas' Dealey Plaza, where US President John F. Kennedy had been Assassination of John F. Kennedy, shot. He devoted his 2007 concert in Sofia, from his "Twenty Five Tour" to the Bulgarian nurses prosecuted in the HIV trial in Libya. On 17 June 2008, Michael said he was thrilled by Same-sex marriage in California, California's legalisation of same-sex marriage, calling the move "way overdue".
PhilanthropyIn November 1984, Michael joined other British and Irish pop stars of the era to form Band Aid, singing on the charity song " " for 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia, famine relief in Ethiopia. This single became the UK Christmas number one in December 1984, holding Michael's own song, " " by Wham!, at No. 2; Michael also donated the royalties for "Last Christmas" to Ethiopia. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" sold 3.75 million copies in the UK and became the biggest selling single in UK chart history, a title it held until 1997 when it was overtaken by 's "Candle in the Wind 1997", released in tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, Princess Diana following Death of Diana, Princess of Wales, her death (Michael attended Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, Diana's funeral with Elton John). Michael donated the royalties from "Last Christmas" to Band Aid and subsequently sang with Elton John at (the Band Aid charity concert) in 1985. In 1986, Michael took part in the Prince's Trust charity concert held at Wembley Arena, performing "Everytime You Go Away" alongside Paul Young. In 1988, Michael participated in the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute at in London together with many other singers (such as Annie Lennox and Sting (musician), Sting), performing "Sexual Healing". A campaigner and charity fundraiser, the proceeds from the 1991 single "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me#1991 version, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" were divided among 10 different charities for children, AIDS and education. He was also a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Michael wore a red ribbon at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992. In 2003, he paired up with Ronan Keating on ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (UK game show), Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'' and won £32,000, after having their original £64,000 winnings halved by missing the £125,000 question. The same year, Michael joined other celebrities to support a campaign to help raise £20 million for Terminal illness, terminally ill children run by the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity of which he was a patron. He said: "Loss is such an incredibly difficult thing. I bow down to people who actually have to deal with the loss of a child." Following his death, many charities revealed that Michael had privately been a supporter of them for many years. Dame Esther Rantzen, the founder and president of Childline, said he had given them "millions" over the years and said that he had given the royalties from his 1996 number one single "Jesus to a Child" to the charity. He had supported the Terrence Higgins Trust "for many years" as well as Macmillan Cancer Support. Michael also donated to individuals: he reportedly called the production team of the quiz show ''Deal or No Deal (British game show), Deal or No Deal'' after a contestant had revealed that she needed £15,000 to fund IVF treatment, and anonymously paid for the treatment personally; and once tipped a student nurse working as a barmaid £5,000 ($6,121) because she was in debt. On 3 January 2017, another woman came forward and (with the permission of Michael's family) revealed he had anonymously paid for her IVF treatment after seeing her talk about her problems conceiving on an episode of ''This Morning (TV programme), This Morning'' in 2010. The woman gave birth to a girl in 2012.
AssetsBetween 2006 and 2008, according to reports, Michael earned £48.5 million ($97 million) from the 25 Live tour alone. In July 2014, he was reported to have been a celebrity investor in a tax avoidance scheme called Liberty. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2015, ''Sunday Times'' Rich List 2015 of the wealthiest British musicians, Michael was worth £105 million. A collector of works by the Young British Artists, including those of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, in March 2019 Michael's art collection was auctioned in England for £11.3 million. The proceeds were donated to various philanthropical organisations Michael gave to while he was alive.
DeathIn the early hours of 25 December 2016, Michael died in bed at his home in Goring-on-Thames, aged 53. He was found by his partner, Fadi Fawaz. In March 2017, a senior coroner in Oxfordshire attributed Michael's death to dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and a Fatty liver disease, fatty liver. Owing to the delay in determining the cause of death, Michael's funeral was held 29 March 2017. In a private ceremony, he was buried at Highgate Cemetery in north London, near his mother's grave. That summer, an informal memorial garden was created outside his former home in Highgate. The site, in a private square that Michael had owned, is tended by fans.
Tributeswas among those who paid tribute to Michael, emotionally addressing the audience in Las Vegas on 28 December, "What a singer, what a songwriter. But more than anything as a human being he was one of the kindest, sweetest, most generous people I've ever met." At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on 12 February 2017, Adele performed a slowed-down version of "Fastlove" in tribute to Michael. On 22 February, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin performed " " at the 2017 Brit Awards. In June, Michael's close friend, former Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell, released a charity single, "Angels in Chains", a tribute to him, to raise money for Childline. In August 2020 it was announced that Michael, who grew up in , and attended , was to be commemorated with a mural in his native borough of London Borough of Brent, Brent. The artwork, which formed part of the Brent Biennial, was commissioned to pay tribute to Michael's outstanding contribution to the fields of music and entertainment. The work—envisioned by artist Dawn Mellor, who said it celebrates the singer as a pioneering cultural and LGBTQ+ figure—was unveiled on 17 September 2020.
Awards and achievementsMichael List of awards and nominations received by George Michael, won numerous music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three —winning Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist, Best British Male Artist twice, four s, four , three s (including two in the traditionally-black Soul/R&B category), and two s from eight nominations.
Discography and record salesAt the time of his death, Michael had sold over 115 million records worldwide. As a solo artist, he sold over 80 million records, making him one of the List of best-selling music artists, best-selling music artists. He sold a further 30 million records with Wham!. His debut solo album ''Faith'' sold more than 25 million copies. ;Solo discography * '' '' (1987) * '' Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1'' (1990) * '' '' (1996) * '' '' (1999) * '' '' (2004) ;Wham! discography * '' '' (1983) * '' '' (1984) * '' '' (1986)
Tours* Faith World Tour (1988–89) * Cover to Cover tour, Cover to Cover (1991) * (2006–08) * George Michael Live in Australia (2010) * Symphonica Tour (2011–12)
See also* List of artists by number of UK Singles Chart number ones * List of artists who reached number one in the United States * List of best-selling music artists * ''Panayiotou v Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd''
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