Saturday night, Adam Lambert paid tribute to the late George Michael at the Project Angel Food’s Angel Awards gala in Hollywood.
The American Idol alum thrilled the audience with an energetic performance of Michael’s “Faith,” and an impassioned performance of “One More Try.” Adam closed the set with Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” a song Michael recorded for the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute.
“I mean, George Michael was like a God-gifted voice from the heavens. It’s such a treat to sing for you guys and to bring these songs to life right now,” Lambert told guests at the event, “George was amazing. He raised half a million dollars for this organization since 1989, and he is such an inspiration, both as a philanthropist and as an artist.”
Yahoo Music’s Lyndsey Parker, who attended and recapped the event, explains the connection between Michaels and Project Angel Food.
The Angel Awards celebrated Michael’s philanthropy with a posthumous Elizabeth Taylor Humanitarian Award, which was presented by Michael’s former longtime partner, Kenny Goss. Michael worked with Goss in the kitchen at Project Angel Food, which delivers 10,000 healthy meals a week to people battling critical illness, and made an unsolicited $25,000 donation to the organization when it was struggling to make payroll during the AIDS epidemic in 1993. Michael donated that same amount to Project Angel Food every year until his tragic death at age 53.