Michael and Aretha Franklin won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.In late 1987, Michael released his debut solo album, Faith.The first single released from the album was "I Want Your Sex", in mid-1987.The song was banned by many radio stations in the UK and US, due to its sexually suggestive lyrics. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US for four consecutive weeks."I Knew You Were Waiting" was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve an ambition by singing with one of his favourite artists.
Michael, who came out as gay in 1998, was an active LGBT rights campaigner and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser.
Michael offers the healing passage of time as the only balm for physical and emotional hunger, poverty, hypocrisy and hatred." The album produced 5 UK singles, which were released quickly, within an at eight-month period: "Praying for Time", "Waiting for That Day", "Freedom!
'90", "Heal the Pain", and "Cowboys and Angels" (the latter being his only single not to chart in the UK top 40).
Michael's first tour in 15 years, the worldwide 25 Live tour, spanned three tours over the course of three years (2006, 2007, and 2008).
He performed the final concert of his life at London's Earls Court on 17 October 2012.
The whole Faith process (promotion, videos, tour, awards) left him exhausted, lonely and frustrated, and far from his friends and family. The first single, "Praying for Time", with lyrics concerning social ills and injustice, was released in August 1990.