Among his favourites was "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", a 1974 song by Elton John; Michael and John had performed the song together at the Live Aid concert in 1985, and again for Michael's concert at London's Wembley Arena on 25 March 1991, where the duet was recorded.The single was released at the end of 1991 and reached No. Michael complained that Sony had not completely supported the release of his second album, resulting in its poor performance in the US as compared to Faith.Michael, who came out as gay in 1998, was an active LGBT rights campaigner and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser.In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004.
While he was in his early teens, the family moved to Radlett. 1 in the UK and US), "Freedom", "Everything She Wants", and "Careless Whisper" which reached No.He ranks among the best-selling British acts of all time, and in 2008, Michael was ranked 40th on Billboards list of the Greatest Hot 100 Artists of All Time.Michael won various music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—he won Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, six Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.For Michael, it became his third consecutive solo number one in the UK from three releases, after 1984's "Careless Whisper" (though the single was actually from the Wham!album Make It Big) and 1986's "A Different Corner"."I Knew You Were Waiting" was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve an ambition by singing with one of his favourite artists.It scored number one on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 upon its release.Michael and Aretha Franklin won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.In late 1987, Michael released his debut solo album, Faith.The first single released from the album was "I Want Your Sex", in mid-1987.The song was banned by many radio stations in the UK and US, due to its sexually suggestive lyrics. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US for four consecutive weeks.