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George Michael Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 RIAA Platinum Album Award

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RIAA Platinum Award for George Michael album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. Released on Sept. 7, 1990 it was certified Platinum by the RIAA on Nov. 6, 1990 for one million copies sold. 

Michael's second solo album produced the hit "Praying for Time", and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100—Michael's final U.S. chart topper as a solo artist. Other hits on the release included "Freedom! '90", "Waiting For That Day", and "Mother's Pride". The album reached #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts, #1 in the UK and also did very well in most other music markets. By 1994 the album was certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for two million sold.  See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album over the years*. Remember George Michael (1962-1995) with this award.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum award
  • In VG to Excellent condition 
  • First presentation award from 1991
  • Presented to record label executive
  • All original with manufacturer sticker 
  • Letter of provenance included
  • Known as a RIAA "R hologram" award they were made from 1990-97
  • Award measures 17" x 21"
  • Great collectors item for any George Michael fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Platinum award is a first presentation award that would have been manufactured in 1990-91 making it about 31 years old. The award is presented to Jerry Blair, who was at the time a record executive at Columbia Records.

Blair played a key role in the success of artists including George Michael, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, C+C Music Factory, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Ricky Martin, Will Smith and many others. The award is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Blair's son, who later took possession of his father's awards and memorabilia (see image of letter, son's name is redacted on image, buyer will receive unredacted copy).

The award is in VG to Excellent condition with only very minor frame wear and a few mars on the plexiglass This award is all original with Ill Eagle Enterprises manufacturer sticker.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards like this one: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide.

*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com.