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George Michael king of British airwaves

Former Wham! singer beats out Elton John on survey
/ Source: The Associated Press

George Michael was named king of the airwaves Wednesday, topping a survey of the most-played artists on British radio over the past 20 years.

Michael, who began his career as half of Wham! two decades ago, beat Elton John to the top spot in the list, compiled by industry monitor Phonographic Performance Ltd.

Hits including “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Careless Whisper” and “Faith” helped give Michael the top spot. Former boy band member Robbie Williams was third, followed by Australian dance diva Kylie Minogue and Canadian rocker Bryan Adams.

Michael was due to receive an award for his achievement from the Radio Academy later Wednesday.

“I can’t believe it,” the 40-year-old singer said. “I’ve only made six albums in 22 years so I don’t know how this happened. I’m the luckiest writer on earth.”