Oscars 2016: Chris Rock Compares Sam Smith to George Michael After Performance

Wham! Chris Rock jokingly compared Sam Smith to George Michael during the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28. After slimmed-down singer Smith performed his Oscar-nominated track, “Writing’s on the Wall,” from Spectre, the awards show host gave Michael a shout-out.

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“Yeah! Amazing. Hey, hey, my favorite song is ‘Father Figure,’” Rock, 51, quipped after Smith’s performance, referring to Michael’s 1987 track. 

Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards.
Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner

The British singer has shed pounds by following a strict diet. Last March, he revealed he dropped 14 pounds in just two weeks. 

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Sam Smith performs onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards.
Sam Smith performs onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

“I met a woman who has completely changed my life,” Smith, 23, wrote on Instagram in March. “Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone in 2 weeks and has completely transformed my relationship with food. Everyone go check out her incredible book, and start to live healthy. It’s not even about weight loss it’s about feeling happy in yourself. Love you Amelia & thank you for making me feel so happy inside and out @ameliafreer #eatnourishglow.”

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George Michael leaves the Cote Brassiere restaurant in Highgate on August 25, 2013.
George Michael leaves the Cote Brassiere restaurant in Highgate, London, on Aug. 25, 2013. ANT/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

Freer told Good Morning America at the time that Smith focuses on “cooking from scratch” and “not relying on junk processed convenience food.”

Watch his performance and the funny moment above. 

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