Love or loathe Coldplay, Chris Martin remains one of the leading singer-songwriters of his generation, just like George - someone else who whose pop impulses are underpinned with the always authentic need to express and share.
I am not claiming to have been more upset than anyone else; but George Michael's sudden death affected me because he played a part in my life in a way that David Bowie, Prince or George Martin did not. So the next time the Grim Reaper comes calling for a celebrity, I will have sympathy for those that surprise me with their emotions rather than snigger and sneer.
It is thoroughly shameful that, in the wake of George Michael's hugely tragic passing on Christmas Day, the British tabloid media have chosen to publi...
Less than 48 hours before George Michael died, I was in a dark, hot and extremely sweaty underground room, almost dungeon like in its appearance. Alon...
At some point in 2016, I went to sleep and woke up in an episode of Black Mirror. I think I can mark the point at which this happened, it was morning,...
I believe that despite all the imbalance around us, we need to position ourselves in a steady spot and remember that, as human beings, we have endured and overcome so many things. As tough as it may seem now, we will survive Trump and Brexit too.
Trump and Hammond do not operate in a vacuum and are very much responding to the public. Trump knows what his supporters want to hear and he gives them it. Hammond and his cronies apply the same formula. The world will always have individuals who are not the best or most diverse.
Of all the celebrity deaths this year, and there really has been an unprecedented amount, the passing of George Michael has upset me the most. I happened to mention this on Social Media - which is of course the way we now express our feelings - and I was greeted with "Well, he wasn't as talented as Prince" or "He was no Bowie"
Not defined by ethnicity and history but unquestionably heavily influenced. Understanding that the story of black and white division through time is not always black and white.
I think as a true George Michael fan you're almost always braced for bad news - there's been a few bombshells over the years and his silence for the last year or so never really boded well as he loved a bit of interaction with the fans or lovelies as he calls us.
One of the final acts of George Michael's creative life was to oversee both the re-issue and re-evaluation of perhaps his most misunderstood, yet greatest pieces of work. Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 was released to a changing world - musically and otherwise - in the autumn of 1990, wrong-footing critics and fans alike.
I sound cynical because I am cynical. I don't buy it. The same way in that I don't post "curse of 2016" status updates about how "tragic" the deaths of actress Liz Smith and novelist Richard Adams were because they were both in their mid-nineties, and we should all be so lucky to last that long.
Why do we tweet #RIP? I follow around 300 people on Twitter, and I have seen a good 50% of my following base tweet their condolences to George Michael, links to their favourite songs, tributes and photos. It begs a difficult question - has grieving the death of a celebrity translated to an opportunity to gain Twitter standing?
On Christmas Day 2016 George Michael died, he was 53 and has had a musical career spanning over 30 years. He was a singer and an accomplished songwrit...
I first met George about 1980 when he was still a teenager and before he was famous. It was a chance meeting in a small gay disco above a pub by Manor House tube station in north London. He was a great dancer and sang along to songs. He had a good voice and said he was going to be a pop star.
The LGBTQ+ community does indeed owe George Michael a debt of gratitude. Alongside the rest of the world, we thank him for his amazing musical legacy, for his ability to make us sing, dance and cry. However, we in the LGBTQ+ community should also be thankful to have had George Michael as one of 'our own'.