George Michael (June 25, 1963)
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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! (thanks, Paul - Detroit, MI, for above 2)
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." (thanks, Ari - Elizabeth, NJ)
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.
Michael was just 19 when Wham! rose to fame in Europe, and he became a favorite with young girls. It was also a very difficult time for him, as he struggled with fame and with his identity. He explained in a 1988 talk with Q magazine: "Around '84 it wasn't me. I don't know who I wanted me to be. I became this harmless, feminine-looking David Cassidy figure who all the little girls could take home without any fear of me putting my hand up their skirt. It was a strange situation because before that I wasn't the type of guy who could walk into a room and pull any bird, and suddenly, at 19, I could."
He has always avoided talking about his sexuality, which led to lots of speculation in the British press that he was gay. His typical response was, "People haven't the right to know."
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