George Michael Defied Expectations After 1998 Arrest
He didn't shrink from the news; he embraced it
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2016 11:30 AM CST
George Michael in 2012.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

(Newser) – The tributes to George Michael are pouring in, as are stories about his legacy on and off the stage. A sampling:

  • Tim Teeman at the Daily Beast recounts how Michael defied expectations with his response to a 1998 arrest for lewd behavior and became an LGBT hero. He did so in "shockingly brash and unapologetic" fashion.
  • "For him, every hit meant a radical revision of who he was and what he stood for," writes Rob Sheffield at Rolling Stone. Read why he was a "true pop visionary" here.
  • GQ resurrects an interview from 2004 in which Michael talks about beating his addictions and depression and being outed as gay in the 1990s. Read it in full here.

  • A fan of "Carpool Karaoke?" Michael was the very first participant, and you can thank him for helping make it popular. See CNN.
  • Mashable collects anecdotes about his acts of kindness here.
  • The Guardian explains how an early record deal dispute and that infamous arrest sullied his impression of America.
  • Digital streams of his music have "gone galactic" since the news broke, and TMZ has the specifics here.
  • Entertainment Weekly has "10 essential" songs, with links to videos here.
  • A critic at Billboard counts down his 15 best here.
  • Bustle collects his best quotes, including thoughts on his sexuality and stardom here.
Check out a 1992 video that also features David Bowie.

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