He was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in Bushley, Hertfordshire, England.
The first band he formed was called The Executives. Included in its lineup was Andrew Ridgley, who would later become the other half of the duo Wham!
His album Faith (which he produced) won Album Of The Year at the Grammy Awards in 1988. He also won a Grammy in 1987, for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, shared with Aretha Franklin for the song, "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me."
Michael has been arrested twice, first in 1998 for lewd conduct in a Los Angeles bathroom, and again in 2006 when police discovered marijuana in his car. After the first incident, where Michael was caught by an undercover cop, he declared his homosexuality and wrote a song about it called "Outside," where he made fun of the incident.
Well I guess it would be nice
If I could touch your body
I know not everybody
Has got a body like you
But Ive got to think twice
Before I give my heart away
And I know all the games you play
Because I play them too
Oh but i
Need some time off from that emotion
Time to pick my heart up off the floor
And when that love comes down
Well it takes a strong man baby
But Im showing you the door
cause I gotta have faith...
I know youre asking me to stay
Say please, please, please, dont go away
You say Im giving you the blues
You mean every word you say
Cant help but think of yesterday
And another who tied me down to loverboy rules
Before this river
Becomes an ocean
Before you throw my heart back on the floor
Oh baby I reconsider
My foolish notion
Well I need someone to hold me
But Ill wait for something more
Yes Ive gotta have faith...
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