Bet You Didn't Know George Michael Inspired This Comedy Television Favorite

British singer-songwriter George Michael, of Wham!, in a Sydney hotel room during the pop duo's 1985 world tour, January 1985. 'The Big Tour' took in the UK, Japan, Australia, China and the US. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Bet You Didn't Know George Michael Inspired This Comedy Television Favorite

"Always ahead of his time."

Published December 26, 2016

The legendary vocals of George Michael will be among the most dearly missed from the 53-year-old late pop artist, who largely influenced songwriting and the genre as a whole.  

However, music wasn’t the only entertainment entity that was graced with Michael’s widespread impact.

James Corden’s musical comedy hit show, Carpool Karaoke, was inspired by the “Freedom! '90” singer’s first appearance with the host on a 2011 Comic Relief skit—far before the idea of an actual show came about.

As with the premise of the now-coined Carpool Karaoke, Corden and Michael crooned along to the pop star’s smash Wham! hits during the skit, including “Freedom! '90” and “I’m Your Man,” according to Today. Four years later, Corden brought The Late Late Show segment to comedy light on CBS, which has since included artists like Bruno Mars, Adele, Mariah Carey and even First Lady Michelle Obama.

The show’s smash success has also seen viral nods from YouTube and inspired an Apple Music streaming service series based on Carpool Karaoke.

“I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember,” Corden penned via Twitter. “He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.”

Ahead of his time, indeed.

See Corden’s respects for the late pop star below and the video that started it all below.

Written by Diamond Alexis

(Photo: Michael Putland/Getty Images)

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