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."
X Factor winner James Arthur has been diagnosed with "acute exhaustion" and cancelled all engagements while he recovers - just days after being embroiled in a homophobia row.
The singer ended up apologising for his language after he used the word "queer" in rap which drew criticism from figures such as Matt Lucas.
Earlier this week he was also involved in a row with fellow X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan after she posted text messages online which he had sent to her.
James Arthur, the winner of ITV's X Factor, has remained at number one in the charts this week despite tough competition from Will.i.am and Britney Spears.
The 24-year-old singer from Middlesbrough saw his debut song Impossible stay ahead of the American superstars singles despite close mid-week sales.
Impossible became the fastest-selling X Factor winner's single ever when it debuted at number one on December 16 and is now nearing a million sales.
James Arthur has received an equally stunning range of comments from the judges after his first performance on the final of X Factor:
- Tulisa Contostavlos - You can make untouchable classics your own and that is why you deserve to win.
- Gary Barlow - I'm ready to download your [future] album right away.
- Nicole Scherzinger: Watching you up there I felt like I was seeing the future ... Thank you.
Christopher Maloney has been voted out out of X Factor.
Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur will compete against each other in tomorrow's final at 7:40pm on ITV1.
James Arthur, Christopher Maloney and Jahmene Douglas have told Daybreak that they are "excited to be performing in the final."
James said: "I'm just blessed to be here. We'll be performing infront of 10,000 people.
"For anyone who inspires to be a singer or a musician it's the ultimate sense of achievement."
Speaking about the past week, Christopher added: "Bringing Gary Barlow back to my gran's house was unbelievable. It's something I have dreamed about all my life."
Hundreds of fans waited in the rain in Middlesbrough for the chance to see X Factor finalist James Arthur and his mentor Nicole Scherzinger.