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Grammy Award-winning pop singer George Michael was one of the leading performers in the 1980s. His 1987 album Faith won a Grammy for best album of the year.
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George Michael first took the music world by storm as part of Wham! His solo career resulted in hit songs, but his appetite for sex and drugs led to many arrests.
Under the influence of music producer Clive Davis, Aretha Franklin collaborated with pop singer George Michael to create the hit single, "I Knew You Were Waiting" in 1987.
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He also released a collection of his songs, entitled Twenty Five, in the United Kingdom. The work, which included some new material, was a celebration of Michael's 25 years in music.
Resurrecting his career in the United States in 2008, Michael made several appearances, released Twenty Five stateside and guest-starred on the television series Eli Stone as a musical guardian angel of sorts. The show also featured some of his classic hits. He went on to perform on the series finale of the popular musical competition show American Idol before embarking on a national tour in the summer of 2008.
In April 2011, Michael released a cover of Stevie Wonder's 1972 song, "You and I," as a gift to Prince William and Kate Middleton prior to the couple's wedding. In August of that year, the singer-songwriter began performing as part of his Symphonica Tour, which ended early, after Michael fell ill a few months into the series. The following year, Michael performed "Freedom! 90" and "White Light" at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London.
In May 2013, a 49-year-old Michael was airlifted to a medical facility in London, England, after being involved in an accident on the M1 motorway near St. Albans. Michael had reportedly been found at the scene of the accident by paramedics, and had not been seriously injured.
Outside of performing, Michael is active in supporting the arts. With his longtime partner, Kenny Goss, he runs the Goss-Michael Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization in Dallas, Texas.
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