In case you missed them, the Grammy Awards and Brits Awards recently paid tribute to George Michael.
Adele’s tribute at the Grammy Awards was noted for her stopping the song and asking to restart. “I can’t mess this up for him,” Adele said. Adele was asked by the family to perform the song at the Grammy Awards. Reviews were mixed, with some loving the slow-paced “FastLove” to some hating it.
The tribute at the Brits began with Andrew Ridgeley, Shirlie (Holliman) Kemp and Pepsi DeMacque. It was a heartfelt tribute to their friend George Michael. It was followed by Coldplay’s Chris Martin singing a “duet” with George Michael of “A Different Corner.”
He suffered a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire.
The coroner said in a statement: “Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post-mortem report received.
“As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries.
“No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy.”
The world lost a legend on Christmas Day after the death of British pop star George Michael. In his honor, SiriusXM will launch a tribute channel dedicated to his memory on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 12 p.m. ET.
Faith, the George Michael Tribute Channel, will air on channel 13 and will run through Jan. 10. It will feature music from the singer’s entire body of work. Fans will hear Michael’s earliest recordings with Wham!, his acclaimed collaborations with Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Queen, plus his solo hits. Michael’s 1987 solo debut album Faith produced four No. 1 singles and sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
TMZ is reporting that George Michael died from heart failure. TMZ says he slept through the episode and suffered no pain. TMZ also said George Michael had not been ill.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with George Michael’s manager.
“I’m devastated,” Michael Lippman, George Michael’s long-time manager, said on Sunday. The manager received a call on Christmas morning notifying him that Michael had been found “in bed, lying peacefully.” The exact time of death is not clear at this time, but there was “no foul play whatsoever,” said Lippman.
A police statement said: “Thames Valley Police were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames shortly before 2 p.m. Christmas Day. Sadly, a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased at the scene. At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.”
Oakland A’s Josh Reddick has been using George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” as his walk-up song and Twitter cover. Reddick usually uses WWE themes and country music.
George Michael has been approached to make an appearance. According to the San Francisco Gate:
There’s no official word yet on whether Michael will show, but there has been contact and the A’s are hopeful they can pull it off. Which would be amazing, and pretty darn cool. Michael, who is English, presumably has little background in baseball and probably hadn’t heard of Josh Reddick until recently, but the Oakland outfielder has brought Michael’s sax-heavy ballad “Careless Whisper” back into cultural relevance.
“There are several people sniffing around my Wham! film,” he said, “but I’m not sure any of them will come off because they all require Wham! music in them and George controls that. He will have the yes or no on each script presented. George would want control.”
The film, which would concentrate on the band’s heyday from 1983 – 1985, is said to be budgeted at £50m, though it’s unclear whether this would include a fee for music copyright. Michael has yet to comment.
There are three competitions right now for George Michael stuff.
Win George Michael’s Armani Suit
You can win a custom-made, dark-grey metallic linen-blend Armani suit worn by George Michael during his 25 Live tour. The competition closes at midnight on May 22, 2014, and three working days later for postal entries. Check here for all the details.
Win Signed Copy of George Michael’s Symphonica
You can win a signed copy of Symphonica and a signed copy of Words, a book of George Michael lyrics. Also, four runners up will receive copies of Symphonica. The competition ends Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Check here for more information.
In a separate contest, you can also win a signed copy of Symphonica. No competition deadline is listed. Check here for the details.
George Michael is the first contemporary artist ever to perform a concert at the Palais Garnier Opera House Paris. “George Michael Live at the Palais Garnier Paris” has already aired on the BBC and will be airing on AXS TV on April 13 at 8 ET.
You can enter to win a framed print from George Michael’s personal “Symphonica” collection, signed by George himself and the photographer, Caroline True. The print is one of only 16 photographs that was exhibited in London’s prestigious Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair.
The program has been sold to Foxtel (Australia), DirecTV (Latin America), Globosat (Brazil) and Phoenix Satellite Television (Hong Kong, China and Macau).
You can read more about the documentary in these two articles: