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Carrie Underwood recently got the chance to honor one of her musical heroes upon his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. George Michael posthumously joined the Rock Hall on Friday (November 3).
Michael was only 53 years old when he died on Christmas Day in 2016. He left behind an incredible legacy…a legacy he established with songs such as “Faith,” “Praying for Time,” and “Careless Whisper.”
Considering his immense influence, it came as no surprise when Michael was chosen to join the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Anyone who has followed Underwood’s career knows she’s a longtime fan of Michael and his music. In 2008, she covered “Praying for Time” during a special Idol Gives Back concert.
The concert came just three years after Underwood won American Idol.
After Michael passed away, Underwood honored him in a heartbreaking tribute on social media. She said:
“I never told him (mainly because I thought I’d freak him out) but [George Michael] has always been such an influence on me. As a child, his was the first voice I could pick out of the sea of voices I heard on the radio. Before I knew anything about him, I knew his voice. As an adult, I cried when I saw him in concert. His songs and his voice helped to teach me how to sing. I will forever regret not letting him know…“
Considering how much Michael means to her, it’s no wonder why Underwood was chosen to honor him as he joined the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She performed his hit song “One More Try” during the ceremony.
The Rock Hall described her tribute as “beautiful” and “emotional” alongside a short video they shared on social media.
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After the ceremony, Underwood shared how she hoped Michael would have enjoyed her performance. She also admitted one of her “greatest regrets” is the fact she never got the chance to sing with him before he died.
“I hope @georgemofficial would’ve liked this…” she wrote. “I never really got to tell him what his voice meant to mine…and one of my greatest regrets is never having gotten the chance to sing with him. But it was an honor to sing in his place to help welcome him into the @rockhall last night. It is beyond deserved…”
You can see Underwood’s post about the ceremony below. We’re sure Michael would be proud of all the tributes she’s performed in his honor over the years.