By: Renee Grant
Andrew Ridgeley, former member of Wham!, paid tribute to his former bandmate George Michael at the BRIT Awards on Tuesday night, February 22nd.
The pop duo that catapulted the late Michael into our collective conscience in the 80’s hasn’t made music together as a group since 1986, yet they continue to remain one of the most revered in the industry. While Ridgeley is rarely in the public eye, he made an appearance at the award show to show reverence to his late friend.
While Chris Martin of Coldplay played the musical portion of the honor, Ridgeley introduced the performance by saying, “George’s contribution to the great archive of contemporary music rests alongside the immortals. His is a legacy of unquestionable brilliance and one which will continue to shine and resonate for generations to come.
“George has left for us in his songs in the transcendental beauty of his voice and in the poetic expression of his soul, the very best of himself.
“I loved him and in turn and we, you have been loved.”
Former backup singers for the group, Pepsi and Shirlie, also took the stage. “I will never forget my wonderful friend,” Shirlie Holliman remarked.
George Michael passed away suddenly on Christmas Day 2016, the cause of his death is still unknown.