Celebs and musicians pay tribute to George Michael

Pop superstar and legendary blue-eyed soul singer George Michael passed away today (Dec. 25) at the age of 53.

An influential vocalist, George Michael’s legacy will live long. Besides his pop music that proved a staple on radio in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Michael, throughout his career, struck a progressive and forward-thinking stance when it came to politics, whether it was equality or LGBT issues, concerns that often intersected with his personal life and career. When the news of Michael's death broke, tributes from contemporaries and artists that Michael influenced flooded in through social media.

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