Boy George (born George Alan O’Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club, which formed in 1981. At the height of the band’s fame, Culture Club recorded global hit songs such as “Karma Chameleon”, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” and “Time (Clock of the Heart)” and George is known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance. He was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. He was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop. More recently, he has released fewer music recordings, splitting his time between songwriting, DJing, writing books, designing clothes, and photography. 2002 saw the release of ‘Taboo – The Musical’, a play for which Boy George write the music and lyrics. In 2015, Boy George received an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for Outstanding Services to British Music.