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George Michael

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Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer, who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!.

George Michael - Father Figure by georgemichaelVEVO

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He was best known in the 1980s and 1990s with his style of post-disco dance-pop, with best-selling songs such as "Last Christmas" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".

Post-disco is a term to describe an aftermath in popular music history c. late 1979–1986, imprecisely beginning with an unprecedented backlash against disco music in the United States, leading to civil unrest and a riot in Chicago known as the Disco Demolition Night on July 12, 1979, and indistinctly ending with the mainstream appearance of house music in the late 1980s.

Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

"Last Christmas" is a song by English pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in 1984, on a double A-side with "Everything She Wants".

George Michael - Careless Whisper (Official Video) by georgemichaelVEVO

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Michael sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

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His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

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Michael garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, including "Careless Whisper" and "Freedom! '

"Careless Whisper" is a 1984 single by George Michael, released by Epic Records in the United Kingdom, Japan, and other countries; and by Columbia Records in North America.

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He ranks among the best-selling British acts of all time, with Billboard magazine ranking him the 40th most successful artist to ever live.

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Michael won numerous music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.

The American Music Awards is an annual American music awards show, created by d*ck Clark in 1973 for ABC when the network's contract to air the Grammy Awards expired.

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.

The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the Cardiff-born entertainer Ivor Novello, are awards for songwriting and composing.

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In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004.

The Radio Academy is a registered charity dedicated to 'the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production'.

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The documentary A Different Story, released in 2005, covered his career and personal life.

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In 2006, Michael announced his first tour in 15 years, the worldwide 25 Live tour, spanning three individual tours over the course of three years.

25 Live was a concert tour by English singer / songwriter George Michael.

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In 2016, Michael announced a second documentary on his life entitled Freedom, set to be released in March 2017.

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On 25 December 2016, Michael passed away at his Oxfordshire home at the age of 53.

Oxfordshire is a county in South East England bordering on Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

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