Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou ( / ˈ h j ɒr h j oʊ s / / ˌ k ɪ r j ɑː s oʊ s / / ˌ p ɑː n ɑː j oʊ t uː / ; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016), known professionally as George Michael , was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! He was best known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s, including hit singles such as " Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go " and " Last Christmas ", and albums such as Faith (1987) and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990).
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George Michael (March 24, 1939 – December 24, 2009)  was an American broadcaster best known nationally for The George Michael Sports Machine , his long-running sports highlights television program. Originally named George Michael's Sports Final when it began as a local show in Washington, D.C., in 1980, it was nationally syndicated by NBC from 1984 until its final installment was aired on March 25, 2007. Michael won a Sports Emmy in 1985 for his work on The George Michael Sports Machine .Wiki info
At the time of his death, Michael had sold over 120 million records worldwide. Michael as a solo artist sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists. He sold a further 30 million records with Wham!. His debut solo album Faith sold more than 25 million copies. Michael achieved seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, including "Careless Whisper" and "Praying for Time". He ranks among the best-selling British acts of all time, and in 2008, Michael was ranked 40th on Billboard's list of the Greatest Hot 100 Artists of All Time. Michael won various music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—he won Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, six Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations. Michael, who came out as gay in 1998, was an active LGBT rights campaigner and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser.
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