Watch Adam Lambert Honor George Michael With Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’
Adam Lambert performs during Project Angel Food’s 2017 Angel Awards on Aug. 19, 2017 in Los Angeles.
George Michael — the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who died last Christmas at 53 — was honored posthumously in Los Angeles on Saturday night (Aug. 19) for his decades of humanitarian work with Project Angel Food, the L.A. non-profit that delivers meals to people who are critically ill.
The occasion was Project Angel Food’s 27th annual Angel Awards, during which Michael won the Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award, named for the actress who was a longtime PAF benefactor and among the earliest activists for HIV/AIDS fundraising.
Adam Lambert, who performed a three-song tribute to the former Wham! frontman, was one of several stars of music, television and Broadway who helped raise funds for the charity while remembering Michael’s contributions to music and his quiet philanthropy.
“George Michael was a God-gifted voice from the heavens,” Lambert said. “And he raised half a million dollars for this organization.”
But it was Lambert who stole the evening, with powerful renditions of Michael’s 1987 hits “One More Try” and “Faith.” Lambert, who is in the midst of a world tour as frontman for Queen, spoke of Michael’s work on the 1991 tribute to the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
“Now I know my way around a Queen song,” Lambert said. “So I’m gonna connect this circle and we’re gonna do ‘Somebody to Love'” — watch below.
Watch Adam Lambert perform Queen’s “Somebody to Love”:
A STUNNING tribute to George Michael and his contributions to Project Angel Food. Without imitating him, Adam Lambert conveyed and celebrated the emotion and artistic expression of what George meant to his fans. @adamlambert