Before George Michael was the main focus, he was just a random dancer in the background of Spandau Ballet’s documentary Soul Boys of the Western World. You could tell that back in 1981 that 17 year old was going to be the star he became.
What’s interesting is that George Michael’s Wham bandmate Shirlie Holliman married the lead singer of Spandau Ballet, Martin Kemp, so it is all connected!
Tonight was The Brits and they honored a great Brit who passed away on Christmas Day. Our world were rocked when we heard that George Michael died but not as much as it was for the band members from Wham. Andrew Ridgeley, Shirlie Holliman and Pepsi spoke about the friend, bandmate and brother during the music awards show and we got to know more about the singer whose voice we knew so well.
When they were done eulogizing him so beautifully, Chris Martin sang A Different Corner. The takeaway is that he is no George Michael, so stop watching after the three of them tosses to him. The rest of it though, gave us fans some closure. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to someone whose music influenced our lives. That and it was fantastic to see the surviving members of Wham!
Tonight at the Grammys Adele sang George Michael’s 1996 song FastLove as a tribute to the singer that died less than two months ago. When the song took a tumble, she cursed. Then she said, “I’m sorry for swearing and I’m sorry for starting again. Can we please start it again? I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him. I’m sorry. I can’t.”
She stared it over again and it went off without a hitch. So pitch perfect Michael wouldn’t let the sun go down on her for it.
As beautiful as it was, I wish she would’ve picked a song he was more known for. She could’ve slowed down Faith and there wouldn’t have been a dry in the house or at home. Picking one of his lesser known tunes is not really celebrating his career as much as one we all know. He was one of the two late artists who got a special tribute and it was for the reason that his music touched several generations and will keep doing so for many generations to come. This tribute will be forgotten before she can sing the word Hello. It wasn’t bad, it just could’ve been more.
The other legendary singer who got a special tribute tonight was Prince who was a musical King. The man, who died last April, could play over 100 instruments and make music that will last several lifetimes. He was honored by a band founded, The Time and Bruno Mars, who takes inspiration from him. It is something we can all go crazy about because it is a number that perfectly captures the singer’s essence. Let’s Go Crazy over Prince one last time at the Grammys!
George Michael passed away from unknown causes, but peacefully today at the age of 51.
He started his career in the early ’80s with Wham, when they split he went on his own to have a bigger career with his chart toppers I Want Your Sex, Faith, Jesus to a Child and so many more.
His later years had been plagued with drugs and rehab, but we will focus on his music that made us happy for the last 4 decades.
So today remember him for his music and belt out his hits, as I will be doing for several weeks!
Ryan Murphy Tweeted the above picture and said “The New Wham!” and all I could do was cry a little. I don’t want Glee to Wake Me Up Before they Go Go with this performance.
Seriously we can barely get Andrew Ridgely out of hiding as it is, this number might keep him hidden forever.
So Ryan Murphy I beg you to do the Harlem Shake instead of this. Especially since Glee has a good track record of killing overplayed songs that just won’t go away.