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George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (Greek: Γεώργιος Κυριάκος Παναγιώτου); 25 June 1963) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
George Michael rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley. His first solo single, "Careless Whisper", was released when he was still in the duo and sold about six million copies worldwide.
As one of the world's best-selling music artists, George Michael has sold more than 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and made several records and achievements in the United States.George Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked George Michael the 40th most successful artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists list.
George Michael has 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.
In 2004, the Radio Academy named George Michael as the most played artist on British radio between the period of 1984–2004. A true British world class singer, song writer and musician regarded by many as the best live performer in the world.
After surviving a recent life threatening illness George Michael is about to restart his brilliant Symphonica tour, has released the superb and emotional single White Light and recording a new album.
We, the undersigned, call on the British Government Honours Committee to reward and recognise the outstanding achievements and services to music George Michael has made over the past 30 years.
The George Michael to be recognised in next honours list petition to Government was written by Stephen Bradford and is in the category Music at GoPetition.