Friends and admirers paid tribute to the late pop legend on Sunday night.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of two-time GRAMMY Award recipient George Michael. During an influential career that spanned nearly four decades, George became one of the most beloved pop craftsmen and respected entertainers. From the enormous success he achieved with pop duo Wham! to his influential solo career, his extraordinary talent had a profound impact on countless entertainers worldwide, and his creative contributions will live on forever. We have lost a cherished artist and our sincerest condolences go out to George’s family, friends, and musical collaborators. He will be missed,” Neil Portnow, President and CEO of The Recording Academy, said in a statement.
“I’ve loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time,” James Corden tweeted.