Giving the world such hit songs as “Faith,” “Careless Whisper” and more, George Michael was one of the most popular and memorable British pop artists of his time. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 53. Today (June 25th) would’ve been his 57th birthday.
The singer not only made his mark via the more than 80 million records sold over his lifetime, but also acted as an LGBTQ rights campaigner and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser. Known for donating massive amounts of his own money, all proceeds from the 1991 single “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” were divided among 10 different charities for children, AIDS and education. He was also a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. After his death, more information emerged showing that he had given even more than previously thought over the length of his career.
As for accolades, Michael’s phenomenal work also earned him several awards. He won various music awards including two Grammys, three Brit Awards, three American Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards and six Ivor Novello Awards. Listen to some of the songs that made George Michael famous below and remember his lasting impact on the day he would’ve been 57.