Many of George Michael's acts of generosity were only revealed after his untimely death in 2016

8 times George Michael stunned strangers with private acts of charity

In one of his first tentative steps as a solo artist separate from Wham!, George had the honour of being one of only three white artists asked to perform, alongside Boy George and Rod Stewart, at the monumental motown gig in 1985.

21-year-old George Michael's duet of 'Careless Whisper' with Smokey Robinson is magnificent

Barry Gibb (right) had lived in Miami since 1975 with his wife Linda and their five children, and Michael Jackson (left) felt at home in the spacious water-front property.

Barry Gibb reveals Michael Jackson secretly lived with him to escape fame: 'He slept on the floor'

Pepsi & Shirlie speak to Smooth

Pepsi & Shirlie look back on George Michael friendship and joining Wham: "It was fate we all met"

George Michael joined Paul Young for an unplanned performance, and blew the Wembley Arena audience away.

When George Michael joined Paul Young for a surprise rendition of ‘Every Time You Go Away’

Accompanied by a guitarist, keyboard player and two back up singers, Kelly gave a stunning, stripped back version of 'Careless Whisper' in a beautiful tribute to George Michael.

Best 'Careless Whisper' cover ever? Kelly Clarkson sings George Michael hit in stunning video

Friends of George Michael has spoken out about the impact the star had on their lives. (Clockwise from left: George Michael and Geri Halliwell, Elton John, Andrew Ridgeley, Brian May and Robbie Williams))

How George Michael changed my life: Famous friends reveal his lasting influence

Elton John was good friends with George Michael

Elton John pays emotional tribute to friend George Michael at BST Hyde Park show

Here are 10 trailblazing artists that have made the LGBTQ+ community more visible in the world through their music.

10 iconic popstars who broke LGBT boundaries

George Michael and Anselmo

The powerful moment George Michael first locked eyes with ‘future soulmate’ in audience

The Freddie Mercury Tribute concert saw the George Michael and Lisa Stansfield (top) join stars including David Bowie and Annie Lennox in celebrating the life of the Queen frontman.

The Freddie Mercury tribute concert: A guide to the greatest gig of the ‘90s

George Michael's Freedom Uncut is released in June

George Michael: No plans for ABBA-style hologram show but new music could be on the way

George Michael's Freedom Uncut

George Michael Freedom Uncut: New clip shows the genius behind his 'Freedom 90' video

Andrew Ridgeley is working on a new Wham! and George Michael documentary for Netflix

Andrew Ridgeley is working on a new Wham! and George Michael documentary for Netflix

As the pre-recorded video rolled, Ricky could be seen lying in bed holding his comedy award, surrounded by Baftas and Emmys and telling the audience that he was too important to be there in person.

Remembering George Michael and Ricky Gervais's filthy innuendo-filled comedy sketch

George Michael joins his backing singers to perform 'This Little Light if Mine' backstage on his 25 Live Tour

George Michael sings jaw-dropping version of ‘This Little Light of Mine’ in rare backstage video

George Michael was so proud when he found out that Mariah Carey had covered 'One More Try'.

Watch Mariah Carey pay tribute to George Michael with beautiful version of 'One More Try'

George Michael tops Smooth's All Time Top 500 for 2022

George Michael tops Smooth's All Time Top 500 for the fifth time - see the full chart