Legendary singer George Michael had hits of his own, to be sure. But one thing that set the pop icon apart, aside from his own music, was his star-studded list of collaborators. Among them were some of the biggest names music has ever known, including Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Whitney Houston.
The Wham! singer passed away on Christmas day, 2016, leaving the music community in shock. His untimely death started a wave of support for his friends and loved ones. One of the recent results of this was a new Channel 4 documentary called George Michael: Freedom.
After the screening, a long-time friend of George, David Austin, told the Huffington Post the one artists George absolutely wanted to collaborate with. Tragically, he never had time to do so.
He loved Adele actually. George had stepped back in recent years and hadn’t been as active musically, and a few years ago, once he’d stepped forward again and started writing and putting the film together, he would sing along with Adele. I wouldn’t say practice… but warm up using her.
Adele was also a big fan of George Michael, and was known to have cited his as an inspiration. She also paid him tribute at last year’s Grammy Awards, a short time after his death. After breaking down on stage, she restarted her performance, delivering a chilling and sad cover of George’s hit Fastlove.