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Emotional tributes paid to George Michael at Brits

George Michael Credit: PA

Former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley, accompanied by Pepsi and Shirlie, have paid tribute to George Michael at the Brits.

Ridgeley described his friend as "a supernova in a ferment of shining stars" in an emotional speech honouring the star.

Fighting to hold back the tears Shirlie added: "George was like a brother to me. And will always be ..."

She said: "His wonderful way with words spoke to everyone. And his beautiful voice will live on forever as a gift to us all."

Coldplay's Chris Martin also played a musical tribute to Michael with a beautiful rendition of the late star's 'A Different Corner'.

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Brits: 'Whole thing should be dedicated to George Michael'

Brit Award nominee James Arthur has told ITV News that he thinks the "whole" of tonight's award should be dedicated to former Wham! star George Michael.

Describing Michael's recent death as a sad loss he paid tribute to the late star's "unapologetic" artistry and said "everything about him was inspiring".

Arthur whose single Say You Won't Let Go has been nominated in both the Best British Single and Best British Artist video categories added: "This whole thing should be dedicated to him."

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