As we discussed in our memoriam of 2016, 2016 was a year heavy with the loss of legends. One of those was of course the former Wham! frontman George Michael, who will be posthumously honoured at the LGBT Awards.
The annual awards ceremony honours LGBT personalities who have made an outstanding contribution to public life, so it is more than fitting that they honour George Michael. The event will take place on May 12, 2017 at the Cafe de Paris in London.
The awards founder, Sarah Garrett, said to The Sun: “George Michael was an international LGBT icon, a trailblazer and music legend. Millions loved his music but he was also loved for the magnificent support he gave to charities, especially LGBT charities such as the Terrence Higgins Trust. It would be fitting to remember him at the awards on 12 May.”
In the past, the LGBT Awards have given honours to people such as Sir Ian McKellen, Alan Carr, Tom Daley and Sue Perkins. The LGBT Awards also honour a “straight ally” each year, which has previously been awarded to people such as Lorraine Kelly and Kylie Minogue.
A source close to the organisers has said that they were planning to make the tribute to the singer something we will “never forget”, and they are also hoping to attach several high profile names to the tribute.
This tribute by the LGBT Awards is only going to be the beginning of the remembrances for the legendary singer, as according to The Sun a concert featuring his collaborators Elton John, Bob Geldof, Andrew Ridgeley, and Aretha Franklin is in the works.
The source said: “George was a huge figure in the LGBT community and did so much to help the community—it’s only fitting that we rally round and get some of big gay names to put together a show we’ll never forget. The awards are like the gay Oscars so it’s bound to be a big night.”
There is also going to be a free party on Friday, January 6 at the Tropicana Beach Club, with guest donations going towards Childline, Terrence Higgins Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support. In the wake of George’s passing, we of course learned that he was a steadfast supporter of these charities. He also showed incredible acts of kindness, such as giving Lynette Gillard £9,000 towards her IVF treatments.