I'm still in disbelief that singer George Michael is gone. He died way too young on this past Christmas Day at the age of 53. I'd hoped for new music from him, was looking forward to the WHAM! documentary I'd posted about on here just a few months before his death, and held out hope that Michael and former WHAM! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley (my teenage celebrity crush) would reunite at least once and I'd get to be in the audience. Longshot, I knew; but as long as George Michael was alive anything was possible.
I google Michael's name every other day or so to see if there's been a ruling on a cause of death and when his funeral will finally be held. Everything's in limbo right now while authorities wait on toxicology results. Anyway, this morning I discovered that Ridgeley and two other former WHAM! members, Pepsi and Shirlie, had memorialized George Michael on Wednesday night at the BRIT Awards. The tribute started by remembering all of the musical talent that had passed away last year and then led to Ridgeley, Pepsi and Shirlie on stage, talking about their friend George Michael and choking back tears while doing so.
A video of the tribute is posted below. It's long, but worth the watch. After the three spoke, Coldplay singer Chris Martin took the stage to sing "A Different Corner". His voice sounded terrible to me compared to George Michael's on that song. I almost turned off the video before finishing it when suddenly Michael "appeared" and "sang with" Martin. Then in a follow-up video (also posted below), I found out that George Michael was a big Chris Martin fan. So, I gave Martin some slack on the vocals. After all, live musical audio often doesn't translate well through the TV. I experienced that first hand the year I went to the Country Music Awards show and later watched video of it...so much better in person! (BTW, that was the 2001 show where Alan Jackson debuted the song he says was written through him by God, Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?)
If you'd like to read more about the George Michael tribute at the BRIT Awards, click HERE. Just wait until after you've watched the videos below - PRESS PLAY NOW: