Fans react to Chris Martin’s tribute to George Michael at The Brits 2017

Following Lorde’s stunning David Bowie tribute at last year’s Brits ceremony – it’s not massively surprising that the award’s organisers carved out some time in the lightning fast ceremony to take time and pay a touching tribute to iconic British popstar George Michael, who died on Christmas Day 2016.

Following emotional speeches help from his former Wham bandmates, Andrew Ridgely introduced one of “the finest singer-songwriters of his generation”, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, for a stripped back performance of Michael’s ‘A Different Corner’, accompanied by a string orchestra – and even featured a duet with the singer’s original vocals. Even Prince got it in with a little nod to the singer.


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But, the internet is gonna internet – and the opinion of Martin’s solo tribute was certainly divisive.

These people thought Martin nailed it

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The duet didn’t totally land with everyone


Some used The 1975’s tongue-in-cheek performance props to express their opinions

For the most part though, it just reminded us what a legend we’d lost

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