Freddie Mercury Remembered: Queen's Best Musical Moments (VIDEOS)
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Exactly 20 years have passed since Freddie Mercury succumbed to AIDS on Nov. 24, 1991 -- but there's no doubt the legendary Queen frontman's legacy lives on.
Adam Lambert, Katy Perry and Mika are just three of the many current performers who've cited Mercury as a top influence. Reigning pop diva Lady Gaga has also shown her devotion to Mercury's spectacular cross-genre style in both her live performances and her stage name, an homage to his band's 1984 hit single. (Queen's guitarist Brian May has certainly returned the love, performing alongside Gaga at the MTV Video Music Awards and calling her "an inspiration").
For the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Mercury remains an icon for other reasons, too -- as one of rock music's first performers to not only acknowledge his bisexuality, but also embrace it in his flamboyant stage presence. Mercury's openness was certainly envelope-pushing in the world of 1970s and '80s arena rock, and it only seemed to further his band's popularity among the masses. As The Guardian's Andrew Woods notes, "Freddie had successfully evaded the rock world's gaydar in a most blatant disregard for its conventions."
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the rock icon's passing, check out 10 of Queen's best musical moments below: