At the time of Michael's December 2016 death, Smith ended his social media hiatus to pay tribute to the singer. "Words can’t express how much you and your music meant and means to me. Please play his music as loud as you can today & celebrate one of the most magical, talented, bravest & important figures in music & life as I know it. Your music & message will live on," Smith wrote. "I would not be the artist I am if it wasn’t for you."